In the hardware world, we’ve been using graphics cards and processors for generations, but we’re still using the same DDR4 RAM technology that has been used in the best gaming PCs of the last six years. RAM isn’t the most exciting topic, but we should welcome the arrival of DDR5 next year with significantly improved performance.
Memory maker Team Group plans to release a single 16GB DDR5 stick with a frequency of 4,800MHz for the first time. This is a significant improvement over what is seen on most DDR4 sticks. Corsair offered a 5,000MHz 16GB DDR4 kit, which was exorbitant. It is expensive at about $ 1,000.
It also operates at a voltage of 1.1v compared to DDR4’s 1.2v, reducing power consumption by up to 10%. TeamGroup also claims performance improvements of up to “1.6x”. Unlike DDR4, the RAM die itself supports error correction code (ECC). This should reduce the cost of ECC RAM and improve system stability. However, if you are currently buying one of the best gaming CPUs or the best gaming motherboards, unfortunately we can’t support next generation RAM.
It has already been confirmed that Intel’s next 11th generation Rocket Lake-S CPU will not support DDR5 as it can be used with the same Z490 chipset and LGA 1200 sockets as the current 10th generation. However, you’re hurray for backward compatibility, right? When moving back to a completely new motherboard design, you may have to wait for the release of the 12th generation Alder Lake-S chip in 2021/22. The same is true for the red team, as DDR5 support is likely to arrive with AMD’s Zen4 processor lineup. It will not be available until 2022.
TeamGroup plans to release its DDR5 RAM module in the third quarter of 2021.