Short answer: DDR5 will be introduced to the market in the second half of 2021. But you may not want to buy the first products right after they are released.
Computer builders have long been waiting for the DDR5 memory standard to be introduced to the market. It has been about seven years since the existing DDR4 was released and it is high time for an upgrade in the product segment.
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According to the website DigiTimes, RAMs with DDR5 will be available for purchase during the second half of 2021. The validation of DDR5 memories will begin shortly, which applies to both standard DIMMs (desktops) and SO-DIMMs (laptops, NAS, etc).
Motherboard makers have kicked off validation for DDR5 products ahead of schedule, said the sources, adding that DDR5 SO-DIMM modules for use in notebooks and mini PCs are also being validated by the motherboard firms.
JEDEC, which is the standardization body for the DDR standard, has previously stated that the effective clock frequency for DDR5 is 4,800 MHz and the maximum frequency a full 6,400 MHz.
The frequencies can be compared with DDR4, which when introduced to the market in 2014 began with the frequency range 1,600 to 2,133 MHz. The maximum frequency has since been turned up to 3,200 MHz, and it is possible to overclock over 4,000 MHz if you use the right memory modules.
DDR5 has an initial maximum frequency of 6,400 MHz – can increase to 8,400 MHz
DDR4 increased its maximum frequency by 50 percent over the years on the market, and should DDR5 do the same, the maximum frequency does not stay at 6,400 MHz, but rather 9,600 MHz, which is sky high no matter how you count.
The highest confirmed frequency right now boasts SK Hynix, a full 8,400 MHz.
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Team Group believes that DDR5 memory will start penetrating into the consumer electronics sector in the first half of 2022. The memory module maker plans to introduce its DDR5 product series as early as the third quarter of this year.
The question then is – should you order the new DDR5 memories immediately when (read: if) they are released in 2021?
The answer there is a bit fluid with today’s information, but spontaneously we would say no. Although Intel plans to launch the Alder Lake series with DDR5 support in the fall, it’s a good idea to wait into next year with a purchase.
First-generation memory modules can have childhood diseases that need to be solved and prices are expected to be significantly higher than well-established DDR4 does.