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Old 11th July 2005, 05:26   #1
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Default Athlon 64 Revision E: Unofficial DDR500 Support

There were a number of other improvements made to the Rev E core, including an updated memory controller - boasting support for mismatched DIMM sizes per channel, improved memory access performance for integrated graphics cores and a few other performance tweaks that AMD hasnít gone into much detail about.

One such barely mentioned improvement was support for a handful of new memory dividers. With an on-die memory controller, AMD has to be particularly careful about adopting new memory technologies, as the wrong choice could leave them with a bunch of CPUs that are basically un-sellable. Over a year ago, AMD had been talking about bringing support for faster than DDR400 speeds to the Athlon 64 - assuming JEDEC would ratify the specifications. AMD waited until the very latest possible moment to decide on whether DDR2 or a faster DDR1 memory controller would be in their future, which is why it took them until just a few months ago to really start talking about DDR2 support. Potentially as a backup plan, the Rev E chips include unofficial support for memory faster than DDR400, without overclocking the Hyper Transport bus.

AMD obviously didnít speak much about support for these higher speed DRAM options, mainly because they are not official specs, and thus, AMD doesnít officially support them. But, the fact of the matter is that many folks have faster-than-DDR400 memory, and the new Rev E CPUs can now take advantage of that.

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I wasn't aware of this extra feature of the new stepping, until last week when I updated the bios on my DFi NF4.
I only tried the 233 divider so far , and I noticed a nice performance increase.
Pretty cool feature , this will be VERY usefull when AMD moves to DDR2 (2006 hopefully? )
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