The era of DDR5 is almost official. It won't really start until the next generation platforms arrive, starting with Intel's Alder Lake CPUs and followed by AMD's Zen 4 stack. However, memory manufacturers are starting to move forward by announcing DDR5 efforts in advance. TeamGroup will even start selling a DDR5 memory kit later this month.
It is a 32 GB DDR5-4800 memory kit consisting of a pair of 16 GB modules, with timings set at 40-40-40-77 at 1.1V. Faster DDR5 memory kits will appear over time, but for the initial release, TeamGroup adheres to the completed specifications set by JEDEC, the industry body that sets memory speeds, timings, and more.
For reference, the highest JEDEC specification for DDR4 memory is 3,200 MT / s. However, memory manufacturers have developed faster memory kits, which have been adopted by AMD and Intel, as well as by motherboard manufacturers. At the very far end, extreme overclocking territory, there are even a handful of DDR4 memory kits running at 5,333 MT / s.
DDR5 will start at speeds that are not far behind the fastest and most expensive DDR4 memory on the market and beyond. At least one memory manufacturer (Netac, based in China) already has it provoked an eventual DDR5-10000 kit, to give you an idea of where things are going in the new era of RAM.
Aside from the gross bandwidth gains that DDR5 will provide, another interesting aspect is the ECC (Error Correction Code). Until now, the ECC has been primarily the domain of data centers and workstations where mission-critical workloads exist. DDR5 will bring the same benefit to consumer platforms in general. The issue of ECC memory and its general absence in the home consumer market led Linux founder Linus Torvalds to lambaste Intel earlier this year.
"ECC is absolutely important. ECC availability matters a lot, exactly because Intel has been instrumental in killing the entire ECC industry with its horrible market segmentation," he wrote. Torvalds.
Actually, that was the prettiest thing he said about Intel in his scoundrel, whom he referred to as "lying bastards" and accused of "throwing shit at consumers." Deep breathing, Linus, the ECC is about to arrive more widely.
Intel's next-generation Alder Lake CPUs and its accompanying 600-series platform will be the first consumer version to support DDR5 memory. TeamGroup promises its 32GB DDR5-4800 memory kit is compatible with what's in the pipeline and claims to be available from Amazon (US and Japan), Newegg and several European retailers by the end of June. The price is set at $ 400.