The 12th generation Intel Alder Lake-S will be released soon with DDR5 support. This means the new RAM standard (Kingston launched under the Fury brand as the first) is fast approaching, but as usual you’ll have to shell out more if you want to be the first with the fattest.
We hear rumors of a press conference at Kingston Fury on October 28.
New parts are getting more expensive, the reasons are many
MSI is now out and bathing everyone who thinks the price will be what DDR4 did when it was new in 2014. No: expect 50 to 60 percent of DDR5 more expensive than DDR4.
It’s not just a lack of components and logistical problems driving up prices, but also because the newer units have more technology built in like power management on the chips themselves and an “ODECC” (On-Die Error Correction Code) that stores information in memory while Write down information to take action if something goes wrong.
It will take about two years before prices drop to a more normal average, but given more technology on chips, we are unlikely to see DDR4 prices in the winter of 2023.
This is new with DDR5 running as standard: 4.8GHz, CL40-39-39 @ 1.1V
MSI also touches on what’s new in the new chips, so let’s take it point by point:
- DDR5 modules cannot be installed incorrectly in DDR4 motherboards – the design is different.
- The PMIC (“Power Management Integrated Circuit”) is built into the chips so that the motherboard doesn’t have to bother with a lot of power management. So the RAM has enough brain to intelligently control the voltage and make sure everything is as it should be.
- Standard DDR5 chips have two independent 32-bit subchannels which will help multi-core CPUs retrieve information from them more efficiently.
- Thus the “ODECC” (On-Die Error Correction Code) ensures that errors are corrected before incorrect data is sent from the modules. “As the density of RAM increases, the chance of it leaking increases.” MSI also notes that errors cannot be corrected once the information leaves the chip, but there is a solution for servers and professional computers: ECC (“Error Correction Code”) – Support on the CPU.
- DDR5 requires only 1.1V to achieve 4.8GHz, lower than the previous generation’s 1.2V requirements.
- The slowest DDR5 RAM starts at the 4.8GHz mentioned above. This is a 50 percent increase over DDR4.
- DDR5 doubles as a “bank of RAM”. This is the independent RAM that provides more bandwidth. The “burst length” has also been doubled to increase efficiency.
MSI concluded that there is not enough information about the overclocking potential of these chips (but look at the image below). However, the company promises to reveal more about its new Intel motherboards and RAM on November 2.
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