DDR5 is currently in development, and will succeed DDR4 when it hits the market sometime around 2020. DDR5 will usher in new RAM limits, where we're seeing 128GB ceilings or so in high-end desktops at the moment - but DDR5 will also have much higher bandwidth than DDR4.
The new DDR5 standard will first hit servers, and then it'll find its way into desktops and laptops 12-18 months later. During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) last week, the Director of DRAM and Memory at research outfit IHS, Mike Howard, said that PCs will need faster RAM for VR and other tasks. He said that the bandwidth provided by DDR4 might not be enough, and that DDR5 will be required in the coming years.
Howard continued, saying: "The incumbent always has tremendous inertia. The DDR incumbent will keep rolling by the virtue that it's there". Considering the DRAM market is a $40 billion annual business, we're going to see lots of changes in the coming years. Memory makers won't want to spend billions of dollars on new memory technologies without knowing there's a payoff in the years to come. This is why high-end next-gen memory technologies like HBC (Hybrid Memory Cube) and HBM (High-Bandwidth Memory) haven't taken off yet. They're super-fast, sure - but they're also very expensive, so mass market adoption is slow.
Computex 2016 - G.Skill's TridentZ DDR4 RAM was used to break the 5GHz once again, setting a new DDR4 world speed record at the 5th Annual OC World Record Stage.
Just weeks ago MSI's Taiwanese overclocker Topcc set a new world record by breaking the 5GHz DDR4 barrier with a liquid nitrogen build, but ASRock's pro OCer Allen "Splave" Golibersuch soared past the record at this year's OC World Record Stage. Splave hit a new all-time world record of DDR4-5189MHz using G.Skill's 8GB TridentZ DDR4 modules on an ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard and an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU.
Splave also used liquid nitrogen cooling to unlock the test bed's full potential, and actually downclocked the Intel Core i7-6700K CPU by 74% to just 1,004MHz in order to hit these high speeds. Take a look at the other new performance records that were set at the OC World Record Stage using G.Skill's Trident Z DDR4 RAM, Intel's Core i7-6700K CPUs, and NVIDIA's top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 video cards.
Computex 2016 - Teamgroup reveals its new performance-grade T-Force DDR4 RAM lineup at Computex, including the T-Force Xtreem 4266 MHz modules and stylish new T-Force Nighthawk DDR4-3200 sticks.
Teamgroup has broken the 4000MHz barrier with its new enthusiast-grade T-Force Xtreem modules. The new T-Force Xtreem DDR4 RAM module line hits blistering frequencies up to 4266 MHz, but only in the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboards. The T-Force Xtreem come in DDR4-4133 flavors with 1.35V power draw and CL 18 latency timings, and come in 4GB and 8GB sticks. Teamgroup also has DDR4-4000 (CL 17, 8GB, 1.35V), DDR4-3866 (CL16, 8GB, 1.35V) DDR4-3733, DDR4-3600, and DDR4-3466 Xtreem RAM modules. This line is available in 8GB (4GBx2) and 16GB (8GBx2) kits.
The hardware-maker also showed off the new LED-lit T-Force Nighthawk and entry-level T-Force Night Armor DDR4 RAM modules. The T-Force Nighthawk DDR4-3200 RAM sport LED illuminated heatspreaders with CL 16 latencies, 1.35V power draw, and come in 4GB and 8GB sticks. Next up are the T-Force Night Armor modules--these come in DDR4-2400 (CL14, 4GB and 8GB configurations, 1.2V power) and DDR4-2676 (CL15, 16GB configurations, 1.2V power) with a stylish new red and white heatspreaders.
Computex 2016 - The very spirit of Computex is all about showing today's technology pushed to incredible new limits, and G.Skill served up some mind-boggling awesomeness with its TridentZ DDR4 RAM demo.
Not content with achieving the world's first 5GHz DDR4 overclock, or holding the top seven RAM speed records, G.Skill decided to drop even more jaws by showing off an insane demo rig with 128GB of TridentZ DDR4 RAM. G.Skill packed in 8x 16GB DDR4 3466MHz TridentZ RAM modules onto a MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon motherboard fastened with Intel's new Core i7 6950X powerhouse CPU to show us the things dreams are made of.
G.Skill's 16GB TridentZ DDR4-3466 RAM was put in a quad-channel configuration to hit its targeted speeds, with CAS timings clocked at 16-16-16-36. The hardware-maker revealed its TridentZ DDR4-3466 RAM last week.
Computex 2016 -- Do you enjoy premium RAM? Would you like an extra dose of premium in your premium RAM? Corsair is granting your wish at Computex, debuting Dominator Platinum Special Edition DDR4 RAM with an extra touch of class, and a limited supply of kits.
We were pretty dazzled by Corsair's Vengeance LED kits, but the new Dominator Platinum Special Edition takes their already-premium DDR4 and ups the ante a bit by adding a pair of unique finishes. The DDR4 modules class up your rig with new "Blackout" brushed aluminum and Chrome finishes.
Computex 2016 -- Corsair debuted some slick new Vengeance DDR4 RAM in Taipei this week featuring LED lighting, ample overclocking headroom, and cherry-picked Samsung ICs. I'm not normally so enamored with RAM, but these are something special. I mean look at them!
Corsair's Vengeance LED series is capable of speeds up to 4300MHz using X99 or X100 motherboards, which distinguishes these as Corsair's fastest kit ever thanks to specially selected Samsung ICs. The kits support XMP 2.0, some aggressive looking heat spreaders, and will light up your case in customizable red or white colors that breathe while in use.
The Vengeance LED series launches Q3 2016. Stay tuned to more TweakTown coverage of Computex 2016, featuring maximum LED lighting.
Computex 2016 - On the heels of GALAX's new colorful Gamer Series DDR4 RAM announcement, the hardware-maker has now unveiled its new premium ultra-performance DDR4 system memory aimed at enthusiast gamers.
GALAX's new Hall of Fame DDR4 RAM hits an impressive frequency of 4000MHz, sporting a pristine alabaster PCB with pulsing white LED's upon the stylish heatspreaders. The modules come in 4GB and 8GB single sticks with dual-channel kits available in 8GB and 16GB arrangements.
The HOF DDR4-4000 modules sport CAS latency timings of 19-25-25-45, and draw 1.4V of power. All-in-all GALAX's new Hall of Fame RAM matches high-speed performance with eye-catching flair, especially if you're looking for top-of-the-line RAM with a white paintjob. GALAX has yet to reveal pricing or availability details just yet.
Computex 2016 - GALAX has revealed its colorful new lineup of Game Series DDR4 RAM modules aimed at combining performance with accessibility.
At the Computex show floor in Taipei, hardware-maker GALAX unveiled a veritable galaxy of prismatic DDR4 RAM sticks in its new Game Series line. The modules are widely varying in speeds and sizes, with frequencies ranging from 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz, and 3000MHz. Single module densities include 4GB, 8GB, 16GB which are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits. Power draw for the GALAX Game Series DDR4 RAM ranges from 1.2V to 1.35V, and CAS timings are CL 15-15-35 for the 2133MHz - 2666MHz modules, whereas the 2800MHz and 3000MHz sticks have a latency of 16-16-16-36.
Each of the Game Series DDR4 modules sport LED's that match the color of each stick's head spreader, and the lights pulsate to give a unique "breathing" effect for extra flair. GALAX hasn't announced official pricing or availability, but we'll be sure to keep you updated when more information comes to light.
Computex 2016 - GeIL has announced its new EVO FORZA line up of performance DDR4 RAM memory modules, offering performance-grade frequencies of up to 3866MHz with today's latest Z170 and X99 platforms.
GeIL's new EVO FORZA DDR4 RAM comes in a variety of sizes including 4GB, 8GB and 16GB modules packed in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB kits, with frequencies ranging from 2666 MHz to 3866MHz. Latency and CAS timings have yet to be revealed, but the RAM pulls in 1.2V to 1.4V and is outfitted with head spreaders designed with GeIL's Maximum Thermal Conduction & Dissipation (MTCD) technology.
The EVO FORZA DDR4 RAM modules have full Intel XMP 2.0 profile support and are dual- and quad-channel compatible. Each kit comes with the standard GeIL lifetime warranty, and the company will announce more details at Computex. Check below for current specifications.
G.Skill has announced that it's TridentZ RAM is the first DDR4 modules to hit the 5GHz barrier, setting a new world speed record on the Skylake platform.
Using liquid nitrogen cooling, MSI's Taiwanese overclocker Toppc pushed a single 4GB stick of G.Skill's TridentZ 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM to an insane 2501MHz (5002.4MHz effective) in single-channel configuration. HWBOT verified the new speed record, and you can check out the full build on CPU-Z.
Toppc chose MSI's mini-ITX Z170I GAMING PRO AC motherboard for the record-breaking overclock, along with an Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K CPU. Hitting the 5GHz barrier is a monumental achievement for G.Skill, as well as MSI and even Samsung, who supplies TridentZ's DDR4 IC's. G.Skill now holds the world's top seven DDR4 speed records and is confident that this is just the beginning.