AMD K10 Family Chips Support DDR3 Memory – Documents

Not only do Advanced Micro Devices' new tenth-generation microprocessors promise to increase performance because of micro-architectural improvements and the increased amount of processing engines, they apparently feature DDR3 memory controller as well. Technical documents that cover AMD's latest microprocessors, such as quad-core AMD Opteron or AMD Phenom and their derivatives, reveal that the new built-in memory controllers can support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory types, provided that processors are installed into mainboards with DDR3 memory slots and appropriate BIOS.

According to roadmaps that AMD shows to its partners, DDR3 memory support will only be available in microprocessors made using 45nm process technology and on AM3 platforms due out in the second half of 2008. However, given that AMD's documents for BIOS developers already note both AM3 and DDR3, it is highly likely that even current versions of AMD's tenth-generation microprocessors can support DDR3 memory in certain conditions.

News source: Xbit Laboratories

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I'm past caring about what AMD are doing, Intel are leading the way. I'll be waiting for Penryn to come out and will snap one of those up.

CoolerUK said,
I'm past caring about what AMD are doing, Intel are leading the way. I'll be waiting for Penryn to come out and will snap one of those up.

Me too, even though I'm really trying my best to wait for Nehalem. With the rumors of an 8-core CPU coming out, that has me excited. For those of you asking do I really need 8 cores, the answer is this: I don't need 8 cores for "1 application" but I do need 8 cores for 8 applications.

I notice alot of people look at multi-core CPU and immediately think "no one needs this," but they never think outside the box. They look at their favorite "game" and say, no games take advantage of this. There's more to computers than just games. Yeah, most games don't take advantage of more than 1 CPU, but there's something that I do that does, which is video encoding. Video encoding scales VERY well with multiple cores, so to me that's a benefit. On top of that, sometimes I may want to run more than 1 program, so a multi-core CPU will benefit that.

Yes, that was completely off topic, but still needed to be said lol. I guess the other thing is that DDR3 support really isn't that important right now because the gains are minuscule at best. Add to the that, the cost of DDR3 memory is ridiculous too, so it's definitely not worth it.

At last AMD is making slow adjustments to take market control back from Intel. I WILL be buying a Phenom CPU from this socket 754 K8 I have now. However DDR3 is still expensive for most peoples' tastes for now.