We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Intel benchmarks slam Rambus

Chip maker's tests show PC-133 SDRAM memory outperforms more expensive alternative.

Intel wants you to love pricey Rambus memory, largely because its upcoming Pentium 4 processor will require the technology.

But the chip maker's own tests show today's Pentium III systems that use less-expensive PC-133 SDRAM memory often outperform comparable RDRAM-based systems.

Intel recently posted benchmark results that show systems using Intel's new 815E chip set with PC-133 SDRAM generally score better than systems with Intel's 820 chip set using PC-800 RDRAM.

Despite these results, Intel executives still claim RDRAM is superior.

A system with the 820 chip set and RDRAM is the best choice for performance-hungry PC users, says Dan Francisco, Intel spokesperson.

Plus, RDRAM offers more headroom than PC-133 SDRAM for future high-end applications such as streaming media, he says.

Future applications notwithstanding, Intel's own test results seem to show little value in RDRAM.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

See the festive spots creative companies have released for Christmas

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad