Intel is going to retain DDR4 memory for its soon-to-release Rocket Lake CPUs, like AMD has done with its Zen 3 lineup. But the companies will, sooner rather than later, embrace DDR5 memory, and when they do, there are a number of memory makers raring to go with DDR5 memory. The latest entry into this list is Asgard Memory.
Asgard plans to create DDR5 memory in 32GB, 64GB and even 128GB capacities, according to ITHomeb, at speeds of 4,800 MHz. It is not yet clear if the 128GB capacity will be available in a single module form or a multi-module kit, but that is still a beefy amount of memory.
The company intends to begin mass producing DDR5 modules when Intel’s 12th gen core processors, based on the Alder Lake hit the market, along with a new 600-series chipset. The Alder Lake processors is a hybrid design, similar in concept to Arm’s big.LITTLE design. It will combine high performance cores with smaller and more power efficient cores in a single package.
Alder Lake is quite close to release. While we’re still waiting for Rocket Lake to launch, Alder Lake may release sometime by the end of the year. AMD is also expected to start working with DDR5 memory with its Zen 4 chips. Those are also slated to hit the markets by the end of this year or early next year.
What Does It Mean for the Average Gamer?
DDR5 RAM is sure to bring about even faster speeds to the mainstream space. While the initial products seem to be running at 4,800MHz, which is not that much faster than current standards, one must keep in mind that this is the starting point and speeds will only keep increasing. There are rumours that DDR5 memory speeds could reach 6400MHz. When comparing data rate against DDR4 memory, we can expect an increase of 1.36X effective bandwidth, at 3200MHz. It is also going to use less voltage, which could mean potentially higher memory overclocks. DDR5 memory will also come with Error Code Correction, a feature that was missing on DDR4.
Asgard is not the only company to start work on DDR5 memory, and we can expect many more to join the bandwagon. The future of computing seems to be here already and 2021 has some real big upgrades in store for us.