Does a DDR iMac make sense?
July 17, 2002 7:08AM
Future Apple Hardware
edited January 2014
I just wonder if Apple could add DDR support to its middle-range line (aka iMac), like on the forthcoming PM. When does it actually make sense to have DDR instead of common 133 SDRAM?
Is it just an utopia for MWNY?
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July 17, 2002 7:26AM
[quote]Originally posted by XBluechip:
<strong>I just wonder if Apple could add DDR support to its middle-range line (aka iMac), like on the forthcoming PM. When does it actually make sense to have DDR instead of common 133 SDRAM?
Is it just an utopia for MWNY?</strong><hr></blockquote>
It makes sense to do it about a year ago. I hear that the delay is caused by the G4 chip itself. I think that the iMac will get DDR at the same time that the towers get it, or maybe the revision after.
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July 17, 2002 7:28AM
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July 17, 2002 7:57AM
Remember, there are (currently) two popular speeds of DDR with across-the-board support: one is a clock-doubled 133MHz bus, and the other is a clock-doubled 166MHz bus (there's also, AFAIK, one based on a 100MHz bus). So Apple could make it work simply by maintaining the distinction in bus/memory speed they have now, and doubling all the clocks: all machines would use the same memory technology, just as they do now, but iMacs would use the slower memory, and PowerMacs the faster memory - just like they do now. (I'm not going into busses because it's not yet a given that Apple will continue using a system bus synchonized to RAM speeds.)