AMD maps out path to HT 3, DDR 3, DirectX 10

AMD yesterday spilled the beans on its processor plans for the next two years, at a stroke confirming much of the info that has leaked out of the company and onto the web this year. On the desktop, the future is HyperTransport 3 and DDR 3. Chipsets will not shift to DirectX 10 until late 2007.

The key transition point, however, will come mid-2007. AMD has already said that's when its quad-core desktop CPUs will debut alongside new dual-care chips that, like the quadies, used HyperTransport 3 and incorporate Level 3 cache shared between the cores - 2MB of it, according to past leaks.

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Quote - Angel Blue01 said @ #6
DDR3? I've never touched DDR2 -too expensive.

Haven't been to a store lately, have you?
From otvtech.com's price list:
Crucial Rendition/Silicon Power 1GB PC3200 400Mhz (DDR, Cas 3, 100% Tested, Lifetime) $124.00 CND
Crucial Rendition/Silicon Power 1GB PC5400 667Mhz (DDR2, Cas 5, 100% Tested, Lifetime) $128.00 CND

Yep, a whole four Canadian dollars more for a GB of DDR2 than a GB of DDR. But don't take my word for it, shop around.

Quote - Croquant said @ #1.1

Haven't been to a store lately, have you?
From otvtech.com's price list:
Crucial Rendition/Silicon Power 1GB PC3200 400Mhz (DDR, Cas 3, 100% Tested, Lifetime) $124.00 CND
Crucial Rendition/Silicon Power 1GB PC5400 667Mhz (DDR2, Cas 5, 100% Tested, Lifetime) $128.00 CND

Yep, a whole four Canadian dollars more for a GB of DDR2 than a GB of DDR. But don't take my word for it, shop around.

considering that DDR was artificially price inflated to PUSH people towards DDR2 then your point it taken, but that still doesn't account for the cost of a new motherboard that supports DDR2, oh yeah and then a new graphics card too... switching to DDR2 isn't as easy as you think, not only so but there's really no speed increase over DDR unless you have a Core 2 Duo... which would mean another new component to purchase.

Quote - Croquant said @ #6.1
Haven't been to a store lately, have you?
From otvtech.com's price list:
Crucial Rendition/Silicon Power 1GB PC3200 400Mhz (DDR, Cas 3, 100% Tested, Lifetime) $124.00 CND
Crucial Rendition/Silicon Power 1GB PC5400 667Mhz (DDR2, Cas 5, 100% Tested, Lifetime) $128.00 CND

Actually you just proved my point. That comes to about $108 USD. $100 for a 1GB is too expensive.

small typo

new dual-care chips that
Just thought I would point it out so it can be fixed. I know anyone can make a mistake.

Quote - Boogiman said @ #2
not really news worthy...

With a bit commen sence, you could figure that out on your own......

It's good to know because it reaffirms when DX10 will start to become a requirement: 2008 at the earliest.

That means we won't need Vista for a while either, which is a relief since it is still a mess.

Why do you care so much? Just support the fastest hardware at any one time, loyalty towards a hardware company gets you nothing.

Quote - Danrarbc641 said @ #1.1
Why do you care so much? Just support the fastest hardware at any one time, loyalty towards a hardware company gets you nothing.

that's not true, loyality towards AMD from 2000 to the present allowed AMD to get where it is now and allow their to be some true competition in the market now. While prices are still high on the highest end cpus, they would have been alot higher had AMD not given Intel the competition that it did over the years. Brand loyality is very good up to a point, once a company reaches the point where's it's in a strong financial position, then it won't be the end of the world if you use another competitor's product just this one time or vice versa.

I dont think an Intel-killer is a good idea nor is an amd-killer. I want both companies to survive and battle it out every couple of months or so. Thats what is right for us as customers.

Quote - Saadu said @ #1.3
I dont think an Intel-killer is a good idea nor is an amd-killer. I want both companies to survive and battle it out every couple of months or so. Thats what is right for us as customers.

Then you do want an intel killer. That is competition. Sittig around and doing nothing isn't.

I'm sorry but why would you ever want anything to be an Intel or AMD killer? you do that then there is no competition and then you are stuck with no innovation, then now you have a bad product...

Quote - macrosslover said @ #1.2

Brand loyality is very good up to a point, once a company reaches the point where's it's in a strong financial position

It's not up to brand loyality to get a company to that position. The company has financial backing through shareholders so it's then about putting out a superior product to win market share. Brand loyality is an individual's choice but it only serves to increase complacency rather than stimulate increased competition.