G5 and RAM

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by GigaWire, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. GigaWire macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2001
    So the dual 5 has a FSB of 1Ghz. The RAM it takes is DDR 400, so 800 effective. Now, in order to get the full speed BUS for the dual 2.0 G5, would you actually have to go with RAM that such as PC3700 which is 466, and later upgrade to PC 3900 @ 500 mhz to take full advantage of the 1 ghz bus?
  2. Simon Liquid macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2001
    As I understand it, the way they have the RAM set up accounts for this. The RAM is installed in pairs. Each half of the RAM bank operates seperatly, so if you have a 256 MB chip at 400 cycles per second that can read or write twice per cycle in slot 1 and the same in slot 5 (not sure exactly what the arangment is) the machine sees it as a block of 512 MB RAM that can be written to FOUR times per cycle at 400 Mhz. If this is so, this RAM will match system buss speeds up to 1.6 Ghz.

    I might be wrong about this, but that's how I interpretted various documents. Anyone know any better?
  3. Billicus macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    Re: G5 and RAM

    I don't think you'll be able to put faster types of Ram other than 400 Mhz in the current models of the G5. They will undoubtably release versions in the future that take full advantage of the speed of the front side bus.
  4. adamfilip macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2003
    burlington, Ontario canada
    the way i understand it. is that the ram is not runnning syncronously with the bus
    so you can have a 1ghz frontside bus and only a max memory speed of 800mhz (2x400)

    this way they can keep ramping up clock speed

    say 2.5ghz g5 with a 1.25 ghz FSB and still run dual 400mhz ram

    they arent linked..the same way that p4's are. but the faster the ram used the better it will be obviously
  5. NNO-Stephen macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2003
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    that's pretty much what I was thinking too. next year we should start seeing some good stuff. first year always gets the kinks out and stuff anyway :) 3.0Ghz! :D

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