Intel to do away with DRAM in PCs

Semiaccurate has learned that Intel intends to do away with DIMMs, DRAM, and any other sort of user accessible memory. We do realize the implications of this move, but it is going to happen sooner than people expect.

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sourav932236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

Come on intel, don't be a dick. Don't take away freedom. Don't become Apple!

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

Actually this is a good thing.
Having the memory integrated directly with the cpu would give faster performance and more bandwidth.

PC would go even farther beyond even next gen consoles.

but can they put 8gb ram on a small chip? hmmm.

CGI-Quality2236d ago

Somehow, I think the PC I'll have soon:

- i7 3770K @ 3.5GHz
- GTX 690
- 32GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (RAM)
- 256GB SSD

...will already be ahead of all next gen consoles before they even release. Still, I'm not the most tech savvy PC guy, so hearing that this might actually help performance is music to the ears!

Veni Vidi Vici2236d ago

Actually, it's a mixed bag. Sure, it would probably be faster and save on power but it would also take away flexibility, choice, and most likely, be expensive as hell.

Since Intel will be stacking the memory directly on the CPU die, you'll have to pay whatever Intel says for the memory. Zero competition for the integrated memory means higher prices.

sourav932236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

To be honest, PC is already ahead of next gen consoles. With rumours of next gen consoles sporting a HD 7670 as a GPU, is already proof for that.
Though I agree with the "faster performance and more bandwidth" part of your comment, don't you think that the extra amount of cash you have to dish out for this integrated RAM, you can probably get double the amount of DRAM with a more than decent clock speed at the same price? or maybe cheaper even?
I do agree that this is probably the future, but the option for user accessible memory should not be removed in my opinion. Perhaps they can get them to work in parallel? I'm no software engineer so if it sounds idiotic, I apologise.

hazelamy2235d ago

and when you need more ram, you have to buy a new processor.

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JsonHenry2236d ago

This means intel will control the price on what used to be cheap DRAM since it is integrated on the chip. Expect your gaming level CPU to now cost an extra $250 than usual. :(

iamgoatman2235d ago

Greed most probably, sure it will be faster but at the moment it's money. Want a Intel CPU but want a lot of DRAM as well? Be prepared to cough up whatever they want for it, and judging by the ridiculous price tags they slap on their enthusiast CPU, better start selling your kidneys.

XB1_PS42236d ago

I think Consoles and Tablets can benefit from this. It's very wishful thinking on Intel's part though.

SKUD2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

This can't be good.

Faelan2236d ago

It's been 10 years at least since I last did a mid-life memory upgrade to my system. Since then, I've always ended up replacing both the CPU, motherboard and RAM at the same time.

In short, it wouldn't really affect me in terms of system building or upgrading. If it means better performance without any other nasty side effect, then I'm up for it.

I'm a bit concerned how this could affect overclocking, cooling and such though.

Also, Intel isn't the only player out there...

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