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Corsair has doubts on A64 Performance

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August 20, 2003 4:41:57 PM

Why is Corsair releasing opinion on this stuff? What advantage is it to a memory company to do this? Right or wrong, shouldn't they shut up and do their best to supply the memory market and leave AMD alone ?

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August 20, 2003 4:52:38 PM

every one is entitled to their opinion, it is a little wierd to hear from a company known for ram about a proccessor.

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August 20, 2003 5:23:56 PM

Also remember that this <i>is</i> 'the inquirer'.

They <i>claim</i> that this information is the official opinion of Corsair that was given at a press briefing.

The reality was probably more like nothing of worth was said <i>at</i> the press briefing. (If any press briefing even existed.) Sometime late at night though, and after a few pints at a pub, <i>one</i> of Corsair's employees was inebriated and giving his own personal opinion. And the next day someone at 'the inquirer' transcribes a few slurred notes from a bar napkin into one of their typical articles.

Note the <i>lack</i> of information. No names of any of the supposed Corsair reps officially stating their company's opinion. No date, time, or location of the supposed press briefing. Not even a mention of anyone who was invited to this supposed press briefing. Heck, not even so much as a name for the author of the article.

One would almost think the whole thing was made up <sarcasm><i>if it wasn't for the fact that it came from such a reputable source as 'the inquirer'.</i></sarcasm>

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August 20, 2003 5:26:19 PM

This is EXACTLY what I was thinking. For the first time I hear a company comment on an unreleased product of another company (and they don't even produce CPUs!). I really can't understand the reason behind this move. Very weird stuff! The only thing I can think of (of course this is just an assumption), is that Intel might be behind this. You never know what a few dollars can do and nothing else can make sense for me.
August 20, 2003 6:30:55 PM

The 940-pin Athlon 64 definetly requires registered memory w/ ECC. Not sure about 939-pin Athlon 64.

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August 20, 2003 7:00:33 PM

Definitely not.

ECC is bad for desktops.

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August 20, 2003 7:26:04 PM

The 939-pin will not require registered memory. It will take regular DDR PC3200 instead. I've read that somewhere 1-2 weeks ago, but I'm too bored to find the links right now. That's also why more performance should be expected from A64 when the 939-pin version is released, sometime in Q1 2004, because it will get CAS2 memory then.
August 21, 2003 4:28:12 AM

Anyone know why the hell the A64 isn't going dual channel with its memory?
August 21, 2003 4:41:25 AM

dont listen to people who have no clue

the 939 pin version of the ATHLON 64 will use a dual mem controller

the ATHLON 64 FX is the 754 pin version or HAMMER LITE that will be single channel
August 21, 2003 2:16:28 PM

How much would ECC memory hurt desktop performance?

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August 21, 2003 9:03:07 PM

Well, it hurts, and it's unneeded lost performance for desktops, but it's usually around 2-5%.

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August 21, 2003 9:09:51 PM

Why is that, does ECC bring some extra latency with it because of the checking, or what is the cause of the lost performance?

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August 21, 2003 9:29:08 PM

Well that makes it me and Corsair who doubt the 64. If it can`t even beat the current P4`s what will happen when Intel get the *Itanium up and running? IMO AMD need to get their memory bandwidth problem sorted out and bring their processors up to real time speeds to give Intel the kick they deserve. <A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/athlon64.h..." target="_new"> X-Bit Review with Benchmarks </A>

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August 21, 2003 9:44:43 PM

Yeah, pretty much. By checking an extra bit for error correction, you add some latency. Instead of 64-bit memory, it's 72-bit (extra bit per byte/8-bits).

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August 21, 2003 10:23:23 PM

Ok, got it :) 

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