In November 1996, Rambus entered into a development and license contract with Intel. The contract provides for the parties to cooperate in the development of a specification for Direct Rambus next-generation 64 Mbit RDRAMs, which will be targeted at the PC main memory market segment. The contract also calls for Intel to use reasonable best efforts to develop a PC main memory controller designed for use with these RDRAMs. The Company believes that Direct Rambus technology will offer superior bandwidth compared to other solutions for PC main memory applications. However, these RDRAMs and the Intel memory controllers are not scheduled for mass production until 1999, and there can be no assurance that such devices will be successfully developed or that, if developed, will be successful in penetrating the market segment for PC main memory.
for some hard core techies and gamers, they really don't care that much about priceOriginally posted by bousozoku
Compared to the price differential, there's not enough of a performance improvement.
well put!!!Originally posted by G5orbust
DDR has so much going for it. In addition to its relative low price compared w/ RD, its fast. Most new DDR equipted Athlon XPs can smoke or at least tie their rated speeds (example: a 1.76 GHz athlon can smoke a 1.8 Ghz P4 w/ Rdram and everthing; it could even smoke a 1.9 or even a 2 ghz)
Also, DDR is starting to phase out RD, even w/ the new 533 MHz system bus of the new P4s and the PC-1066 ram thats appearing. Now I'm starting to see the new P4s paired w/ DDR (maybe because of the lack of PC1066 chips or maybe intel is having second thoughts about Rambus).
Bottom Line: RD RAM IS TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE FOR THE PREFORMANCE!
RD may be faster, but DDR is better and more worth your money and time.
P.S.: All Hail DDR333!!!!