DDR5 RAM is Almost Here for Mainstream Users, Promising a Big Jump in Performance

Mainstream desktop PC buyers will get access to DDR5 RAM in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, which will go up to 128GB 6400MHz by 2023.


Mainstream DDR5 RAM modules for consumer PCs are on the way, with recent reports revealing that production lines for the new memory modules are now operational. Now, further details about the exact performance configurations of the new DDR5 RAM standard have been revealed. Word coming from manufacturing hubs in China, reported by IT Home, claim that OEMs such as Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI, all popular vendors of PC components, are in process of validating their DDR5 memory modules with manufacturing partners, also revealing the scheme of memory speeds and sizes that will be released in the latest RAM standard.

DDR5 RAM modules that have been confirmed for a 2021 release start from the base 16GB variant, based on 4800MHz operating frequency. Also releasing this year is the 32GB, 4800MHz variant of DDR5 memory modules, which will form the basic configuration of the fastest PC RAM that users can buy in the coming months. There will be a mid-tier variant of DDR5, which will operate at 5600MHz frequency – this will make for the top tier memory modules that will hit the market in 2021, and by the first quarter of 2022. This faster RAM standard will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants.

Beyond this, in 2022 and by the end of Q1 2023, will come the flagship memory variant working at 6400MHz operating frequency. This will be available in 64GB and 128GB memory sizes, but are presumably almost two years from hitting the mainstream market. In terms of the CAS latency or CL rating of the new memory standards, the DDR5 RAM breakup flaunts CL40 for the 4800MHz DDR5 memory variants, CL46 for 5600MHz variants and CL52 for 6400MHz variants.

While these are the standard set of specifications, OEMs are expected to also offer overclocked RAM kits with tighter latencies in high performance versions. Faster modules will speculatively begin from 5500MHz this year itself, and in the eventual scheme of development, go all the way up to 10000MHz – speeds that these companies have already achieved in lab tests, and will hope to find a way to sustain such performance stably.

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