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Old 12-16-11, 12:55 PM   #15
frenchy2k1
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Default Re: What's up with Intel going back to dual channel memory?

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Originally Posted by slaWter View Post
You are comparing platforms for two different market segments.

The successor to the workstation platform, with chips from the Nehalem/Gulftown generations, is Sandy Bridge E. Not Sandy Bridge.
SNB-E uses a quad channel interface, so Intel actually moved forward here.

The desktop platform never used Triple Channel.
Even though the i7 920 was a very successful CPU and very popular for enthusiasts, it was part of the previous workstation platform.
^ this

On top of that, they qualified higher speed memory. Nehalem was actually officially limited to 1333. SNB is rated for use with DDR3 1600. SNB-E, same, but with 4 channels.

Intel loves their market segmentation. Best way to extract the optimum amount of money from each customer (if the customer does not get too confused).
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