What is DDR5

With the recent release of Intel’s newest 12th Generation Core processors came support for new technologies; none bigger than DDR5 Memory. What is this DDR5 memory and how will it affect system performance in general?

What is DDR5?

DDR5 is the latest and most advanced version of DDR Memory. It has improved speed and density while using less power than its predecessor – DDR4

Performance

As RAM bandwidth increases, RAM speeds increase by default. The fastest available speeds are 4133 MHz on DDR4, though 3200 MHz is the standard- any faster than this will be factory overclocked. In contrast, with DDR5’s increase in bandwidth – it can reach a max of 4800 MHz or even 5200 MHz without overclocking.

With gaming, high-end graphics cards have traditionally been the limiting factor when it comes to performance; however, nowadays improvements in other hardware components such as CPUs and RAM will often provide only minor increases in frame rates.

Performance

As you can see, when comparing DDR4-2133 and DDR5-6000 there was an increase of only 8% in FPS. Going from 3200 to 6000 produced a 2% increase instead. There are gains, however, they are small enough that they’re barely noticeable and likely will not be worth investing in buying all new hardware.

There are slight changes in the plotline with benchmarks that place more emphasis on processing power. As an example, Tom’s shows:

CPU Performance

Here we see an increase of about 10% going from DDR4-3200 to DDR5-6000. This is not spectacular, but still significant.

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What hardware supports DDR5?

As of this posting, only 12th Generation Intel Core Processors are compatible with DDR5; however, certain Z690 motherboards can be updated for compatibility as well. All upcoming releases from both Intel and AMD will also allow compatibility with the new form of memory.

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