What Is DDR5 Ram And Why Does It Matter

DDR5 RAM is the latest and greatest in computer memory. Launching in late 2021 for Intel chipsets and likely early 2022 for AMD, it has left a lot of enthusiasts wondering if they should spring for the expensive upgrade now or wait until DDR5 has become more common ground and likely cheaper.

What Is Ram

Ram or Random Access Memory is a form of storage used in a computing device like a PC or a phone, which allows for quick access to information by the CPU. Think of RAM as a separate memory to your storage drives, which is much smaller but much faster as well. Currently running applications and operating systems will run out of the ram for quick use. This is an oversimplification of what RAM does but is enough to understand the basic premise of RAM.

Generational Changes

There will be many advantages to switching over from previous DDR3 or current DDR4 ram over to the new DDR5. Below are some key changes to take note of with DDR5.

  • Power consumption – DDR5 ram voltage has been lowered to 1.1 rather than the 1.2 of previous ram generations. With the lower voltage, DDR5 has also seen a lower current draw, resulting in an average of 20% reduction in power consumption. This may not seem like a large difference; however, it is important to remember that in electronics, a large power draw means more heat. Heat is the enemy of any electronic circuit, a reduction in heat will always benefit any machine.
  • Data transfer – The data transfer rate from DDr4 to DDR5 has doubled. Expect a full transfer range anywhere from 3200 Mbps to 6400 Mbps at the top end. The more likely speeds you will see in average ram is between 4800 Mbps and 5600 Mbps. This nature of speed is frankly unheard of in the general consumer market and will change the workflow of content creators and developers alike.
  • Capacity – Just as with the data transfer rate, capacity sees DDR5 jump to double that of the previous generation. With initial sizes spanning from 8 GB to 32 GB per stick. With the implementation of TSV technology, we could see build-up of up to 256 GB in the future. Finally, enough RAM to appease the ever-hungry Google Chrome.
  • ECC – ECC or Error Correcting Code has never been a main selling point in the consumer market, but with DDR5 it is worth taking note of. The ECC inside the chip is capable of correcting 1-bit level errors. While that may seem like Greek to most, the result is application reliability will be greatly increased across the board.

Should I Upgrade To A DDR5 System On Release?

The long answer is, unlike playing the tragamonedas en linea Peru offers, it’s complicated. The short answer is no. Unless you are somebody who needs the extra speed and capacity for workflow, the upgrade will likely not benefit you enough to offset the cost. Stick to your current upgrade cycle and get a DDR5 compatible system when your current system needs an upgrade.

Lauren Sanchez - Author

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