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    I want to future-proof myself as long as possible with my next motherboard upgrade. My choice is either Intel 845E with DDR/SDR 266 Ram or Intel 850E with RIMM RDRAM Pc800/1066. Is the new type of ram appreciably faster to warrant the extra cost and is it going to oust DDR/SDRAM or will Intel go back to the old ram and push it up to DDR400 and beyond? I hear all sorts of conflicting reports on this.

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    Re: Motherboards

    My understanding is that the DDR Ram is more or less standard now, much like PC133 was/is. I would guess that unless you were running some powerhouse games, you would not even be able to tell the difference between the two types of ram, everything else being the same. You might also check out Tom's Hardware for some benchmark comparisons.

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    Re: Motherboards

    Roger, I agree with Mike on this point. RDRAM is nearly twice the price of DDR SDRAM, which Intel was more or less forced to support due to popular demand. Rambus (RDRAM) memory will not make a noticeable impact on performance; the gains don't become apparent unless you are doing high-end video and graphic design editing. Technically, RDRAM is superior - but it also runs hot, and if you can't tell the difference, why spend the money? I think it's very likely that RDRAM will go the way of the Dodo just because of the cost.

    Intel isn't going to push the speed of RAM up after you purchase the motherboard. DDR 266 is the current popular king, and DDR 333 is now wending its way into the market. Simply put, the chipset in your motherboard is the determining factor when it comes to RAM speed - if you purchase a board that runs DDR 266, it will almost certainly NOT run the newer DDR 333 (and faster types as they become available).

    Bottom line: Rambus isn't worth the money. Almost no one will benefit from it, and even Intel had to cave in on that one since no one really wanted to pay a premium for it. Put the money into a faster processor or better yet a smoking video card, like a Geforce4 Ti 4400.
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    Re: Motherboards

    Forget it. You can't future-proof yourself in the computing world. Whatever you buy will be out of date next week and the standard you chose will be long forgotten. The closest you can come is to always buy mediocre, middle of the road. This always wins out over quality and lasts longest--but who wants it to. Just accept computing is a process not an end.
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    Re: Motherboards

    And I though *I* was a cynic!
    <hr>I want to future-proof myself as long as possible[quote]I want to future-proof myself as long as possible <hr>
    The operative question is, how long can you reasonably expect a modern board to carry you? The lifespan of most components like a motherboard, in my experience, is about two years if you want to stay current with the software available. The development cycle of software is such that it takes a while for it to catch up and take full advantage of the hardware.

    I tend to stay a few steps back from the bleeding edge - you pay a premium for the very latest and the price invariably drops as production ramps up to meet demand. I would definitely agree that it's a never ending process, though.
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    Re: Motherboards

    <hr>the price invariably drops as production ramps up to meet demand<hr>
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    No kidding! I bought a P4 2.4 Ghz chip about 3 weeks ago - the week BEFORE the 2.66 and 2.8 chips hit the market. Before the chip even arrived to my house, the price had dropped $100 (almost 1/3 of the value)! And it took me another week to receive the rest of the components I needed to even crank my machine for the first time... Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=16 height=16>

    To quote a line from Jerry McGuire, "You've gotta roll with the punches, kid..."
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    Re: Motherboards

    Full agreement with you, Bruce. With the exception of this last upgrade that I did, I was always on the trailing edge of technology instead of the leading edge. I'll probably be Ok for about a month or two, then back to the backside. But, Hey, it gives you something to look foward to (the next upgrade) and what else can you do to spend your hard earned dough? <img src=/S/electric.gif border=0 alt=electric width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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