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DDR3 SDRAM

The DDR3 SDRAM (Double Data Rate Type 3 Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access Memory), released in 2007, still stands well for most computer users today. The DDR3 only loses out to its successor, the DDR4 SDRAM, when intense graphical development is involved. However, the processors used to render such graphics are rarely used. Although not backward compatible, most modern PCs pair well with the DDR3 SDRAM today. 

Basics

At only 1.18in (30mm), the DDR3 transfers data two times the rate (8x the speed of its internal memory arrays) than it's predecessor, the DDR2. This enables higher bandwidth and peak data rates, which allows quicker processing. Despite this, the DDR3 uses less power than the DDR2, at 1.35 - 1.5 V, and consumes 2.58 W. This power goes to its quick data transfer rates, with a quadrupled clock signal and a memory clock frequency of 100MHz. The power of the DDR3 is restricted from overheating with a self-refresh temperature feature, and a self-restart, allowing users to keep the module for longer, and to push its limits further. 

Capabilities

With high-performance graphics in mind, DDR3's modules (dual in-line memory module) clocks at 400-1200MHz, with a transfer rate of 800-2400MT/s. This memory module is useful as it allows for more processes to occur at once. This results in a latency of CL11 (13.75 nanoseconds to initiate a read), and faster processing for your computer. The DIMM in the DDR3 is compatible with other models, like the DDR2 or 4, and can be taken apart, put together and tinkered with. 

The DDR3 is suitable for most computers, with just a miniscule difference between it and its successor, the DDR4. The only differences between the two SDRAM modules is noticeable in intense graphic design and development. However, the DDR3 is more than suitable for gaming, as it's processing ability and its fit with the Intel i7 processor makes almost any computer able to keep up with games. 

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