AMD Hammer with DDR-II support in 2004?
A message that could cast a shadow over the debut of the AMD Hammer was completely lost in the weekend hustle and bustle. Accordingly, DDR-II could, if the standard crashes on the market towards the end of the year, thwart the CPU's bill.
In any case, the rather critical voices on the Internet see it this way, or something like that. The integrated memory controller, which will offer the CPU a previously unseen data throughput, can certainly be seen as one of the great innovations of the hammer. But this controller, since it can only access DDR266 and DDR333 so far, could cause problems when the DDR-II appears. Because while chipset manufacturers for the classic Athlon or the Pentium platform can quickly bring suitable chipsets onto the market, this is not possible with the Hammer. We would not rate this fact as life-threatening for AMD's future workhorse, because DDR-II certainly needs its time to establish itself in the market. But the announcement by the processor forge that they want to push in a hammer with DDR-II support around 2004 shows that the situation has been classified as explosive. At least for upgraders, things could change in 2004. Because then with the change to a new generation of RAM, not only the exchange of the mainboard, but also the change of the CPU and its memory controller might be necessary.