JEDEC are currently developing the DDR5 memory standard

JEDEC are currently developing the DDR5 memory standard

JEDEC are currently developing the DDR5 memory standard

JEDEC are currently developing the DDR5 memory standard

While most people consider DDR4 to be a new memory standard, it is in fact much older than many realise. Yes, the standard made its way to desktop in August 2014 with the release of Intel's X99 platform, but the standard was first revealed in 2008, back when RAM was manufactured on a 50nm process.
Today technology has moved on, with DDR4 memory is made on much smaller manufacturing nodes that the standard was not created for. DDR4 comes with plenty of shortcomings, leaving plenty of space for a new DDR5 memory standard to thrive.    
In today's servers, a lot more work is being moved to RAM, which means that server users want larger capacity DIMMs and lower power DRAM, with many calling for higher speed memory for server applications. In many markets, there is clearly an appetite for DDR5, which is why JEDEC is developing the new standard.      

Right now it looks like JEDEC will offer their first preview of DDR5 SDRAM at their 2017 Server Forum on June 19th, with further information coming at a later date. At this time it is unknown when JEDEC will finalise the new standard, but after they do it will then take a few years for manufacturers to start using this standard in new systems.    

At this time it is unlikely for the DDR5 standard to be completed before 2018, which means that it will not likely be seen in new desktop systems until at least 2020. 


JEDEC are currently developing the DDR5 memory standard

(Will DDR5 make 4266MHz ram common?)


With each new standard comes improvements across the board, from reduced power consumption, higher capacities per DIMM/chip and increased bandwidth. The move from DDR3 to DDR4 increased basic RAM speeds from 1066MHz to 2133MHz and reduced voltages from 1.5V on DDR3 to 1.2V on DDR4. 

Yes, RAM speeds have increased as time went on, with high-end DDR3 offering speed of up to 2666MHz and today's DDR4 memory offering speeds of 4266MHz, though it must be remembered that this comes with increased power draw and compatibility issues with certain CPUs/systems.  

Even with DDR4 memory,  there are plenty of applications that can benefit from faster memory, with AMD's new Ryzen CPU platform seeing some noteworthy performance gains in games when running on faster DDR4 memory. DDR5 memory likely will take years to enter the desktop market, but it is certainly something that will benefit a lot of users. 


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31-03-2017, 11:00:16

I mean this is obvious that they're making it. But it is rather strange that they wouldn't work on something other than ddr? Something that would just be better and a more advanced technology(hbm as system memory for example)Quote

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