Micron has begun sampling of DDR5 RAM - 85% faster performance than DDR4

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Jan 8, 2020 10:58 AM

As another CES makes itself comfortable, the world of hardware marches inexorably on. Next up to get a bullet in the head is your flake old DDR4 memory - Micron has announced it has begun sampling of DDR5 RDIMMs, the next generation of volatile memory.

DDR, or Double Data Rate, traces a fairly predictable path from generation to generation. DDR5 will offer exactly double the memory density of DDR4, as well as improving memory performance by over 85%. The faster RAM should also offer improved reliability. It’s DDR4 but better in every conceivable way.

Micron points towards the frankly insane new server processors coming out of the likes of AMD and Intel, with the former announcing a ‘consumer’ grade Ryzen Threadripper 3990X this week with a staggering 64 Cores / 128 Threads. CPU capabilities are going through the roof as core counts skyrocket and Micron believes compute-intensive applications will be bandwidth-starved by current DDR4 DRAM.

“Data center workloads will be increasingly challenged to extract value from the accelerating growth of data across virtually all applications,” said Tom Eby, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute & Networking Business Unit at Micron.

“The key to enabling these workloads is higher-performance, denser, higher-quality memory. Micron’s sampling of DDR5 RDIMMs represents a significant milestone, bringing the industry one step closer to unlocking the value in next-generation data-centric applications.”

Naturally, it’ll still be some time until DDR5 filters down and becomes the norm for us gaming-grade peasants. As a point of reference, DDR4 RAM debuted at CES in 2013 and began to be available for consumers in Q2 2014. It then took another year or two to drop down to a price that could be considered reasonable. On that basis, we’re probably looking at DDR5 being fairly commonplace in around 2022-23.

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16:37 Feb-05-2020

"85% faster"


Disappointing.


Each new generation of ram should be, at minimum, 100% faster. Any less is automatically unacceptable.

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16:45 Feb-05-2020

You're going to hate it when you find out the DDR4 in your system isn't double the performance of DDR3.


Doubling base clock =/= double the performance unfortunately

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17:21 Feb-05-2020

I'm well aware of that. There's always some kind of bottleneck, something slowing something else down.

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20:47 Jan-16-2020

2022/2023 ok have just buy a new computer


Don't be fast!

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18:29 Jan-08-2020

for gamers it doesnt really do much. 8 core cpu(optimal) will hardly be memory bandwith limited for the next 7 years(how ever long the console gen is). It has its uses in IGPU´s and professional work.

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17:10 Jan-08-2020

Waiting for it to launch so that DDR4 prices go down so that I can finally afford DDR3

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17:19 Jan-08-2020

DDR3 will become more expensive because there won't be any demand for it.

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18:58 Jan-09-2020

But DDR2 is super cheap now (on the used market). I was thinking of adding 8gb to mine to make it 20gb total, because 12gb isn't enough nowadays (rendering videos and ETS2 with naturalux)

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20:29 Jan-08-2020

used ddr3 is cheap and its a rare to find a dead stick of ram

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16:22 Jan-08-2020

and it will cost how much more?

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15:18 Jan-08-2020

This is really exsiting for integrated GPUs.

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12:59 Jan-08-2020

Meanwhile I'm still running DDR3 1600 without it causing any slow downs...

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15:19 Jan-08-2020

Yup, cuz most programs don't require just bandwidth, they requrie low latency.

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16:18 Jan-09-2020

Same, im running DDR3 2200 and I don't notice anything negative..

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18:33 Jan-08-2020

Ram speed/timings mostly has an effect on the 1% and 0.1% figures as small is that is

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13:52 Jan-09-2020

Same here :D

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