However, SMART Modular solutions also do have their attraction, just like the solutions from Micron. This attraction is the memory bus width that has been reduced to 16 bit only. To tell the truth, it looks pretty strange, especially for DDR2 memory modules, and especially since they are designed with 144 pins. However, this is where the answer to our questions actually comes from: these memory modules have been designed not for computer systems, but for such peripheral electronic devices as printers, etc. As you may know, devices like that use 16bit interface and 144-pin connectors, so no additional converters will be required.
By the way, one of the devices like that has become the “best of show” in August: I am talking about the Gigabyte solution here. Namely, Gigabyte started to supply some of their mainboards with the special converters that allow using DDR memory modules in the DDR2 memory DIMM slots, so that the user acquired some kind of backward compatibility with the older memory modules. The fly in this ointment is the fact that these are mainboards designed on VIA PT880 Pro chipset, which specific features seem to have been involved here.
Anyway, this solution is targeted for those users who intend to continue using their previously purchased memory modules. As for purchasing DDR memory today, I doubt that it will be even considered. DDR2 already looks very attractive from the price prospective, due to the fact that there are more better-value chips and memory modules streaming into the market every day and tending to go far beyond all possible and impossible standards. In the beginning of August Crucial announced that they started selling their 1GHz Ballistix PC2-8000 memory modules (you can read our detailed review of this memory solution here: Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 Memory Modules Review ). As you remember if you read our article, the timings of these memory modules are 5-5-5-15 at 2.2V voltage.