Conclusion

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So, what can we conclude from all of this information? Two things have become apparent to me during the test. First, DDR memory is very much alive and is the future of the PC memory systems. Secondly, DDR performance increases are not as dramatic as many would have liked to believe. Memory is just one piece of complete system that needs to be fast and functional in every aspect. Overall, I saw about a 10-15% increase is all the benchmarks and you should expect that same increase in your total system performance when upgrading to DDR memory. What will increase the DDR SDRAM performances is when we see memory buses being able to be modified independent and not affecting other buses such as PCI and CPU.

With that said, I want DDR SDRAM in my system. As a hardcore tweaker and overclocker, speed is something that I can never have too much of, and it’s good to see something besides the CPU frequency change on the PC market today. There would be a much better performance increase had I been able to get a 133 MHz FSB processor from AMD, but was unable to get it in on time. Once I do receive one, expect updated results, and an entirely new review of that Athlon processor.

For those who are looking for an overclocking beast to take even more advantage of the DDR SDRAM, the Gigabyte board is not for you. With very minimal overclocking feature, only FSB modifications, and even those aren’t very useful if you cannot change the Vcore settings. No, this board was not made with overclockers in mind, but it was made for those who want to take advantage of the newest memory technology and keep their systems very stable. As the first motherboard of its kind available to the US public, this board will still do well and Gigabyte’s timing couldn’t be better as DDR SDRAM is just now becoming available to the masses, as well.

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