Turbo or Turtle

We spoke about RAMdrives yesterday and in part wondered if modern/soon-to-be motherboards could accomodate the 4Gb of RAM needed to do it right.

It doesn’t look that way.

Intel effectively released its DDR400 “Turbo” standard by listing modules that passed validation under that standard.

If they were honest, they would have called it “Turtle” standard, because that’s about how fast it is. The latency speeds of the fastest module tested was 3-3-3.

Don’t worry about any current PC3200 or more meeting this standard. For that matter, any decent PC2700 memory probably won’t have any problem matching this, either, which is probably what Intel told memory manufacturers who thought they were being blindsided by their 200MHz FSB standard.

“Relax, we’re calling it DDR400, but DDR333 will do fine.” Especially when the standard voltage got conveniently upped a notch to 2.6V.

OK, officially “Turbo” mode isn’t part of the memory modules, but built into Canterwood’s memory controller.

Well, we’ll have to see it in action, but given what it’s being fed, it has its work cut out for it.

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