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4800MHz clock frequency: PNY announces cutting-edge DDR5 desktop memory for gamers

PNY's new DDR5 modules do not look particularly flashy on these promotional pictures (Image: PNY)
PNY's new DDR5 modules do not look particularly flashy on these promotional pictures (Image: PNY)
The next generation of high performance memory should impress customers with its higher clock frequencies and other technical improvements that allow for an increased efficiency and better overclocking. PNY predicts that it will take two years until DDR5 overtakes DDR4 in terms of popularity, which makes it likely that this first generation of DDR5 memory will be especially geared towards gamers and enthusiasts.

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The American hardware manufacturer PNY has announced its latest generation of memory in a recent press release. The new RAM modules are based on the brand new DDR5 standard, which in fact is so new that there are practically no CPUs and mainboards available that support this memory. This is supposed to change when Intel releases its Alder Lake processors later this year, which will presumably be the first mainstream chipsets to support DDR5.

Due to the worldwide semiconductor shortage, Intel's new CPUs may be very hard to get, but if you are able to snatch one of these new processors you can upgrade your gaming PC with PNY's fast 4800MHz DDR5 memory, which will hold 16GB in its smallest size. Compared to the prevalent DDR4 modules (from US$84 on Amazon), which have a minimum frequency of 3200MHz, the new DDR5 memory sticks offer a much higher base clock speed. Furthermore, the new DDR5 modules will operate with a very low voltage of only 1.1v, which not only increases energy efficiency, but also leaves much more potential and headroom for overclocking.

In contrast to DDR4 memory, the voltage conversion for DDR5 RAM happens directly on the module and not on the motherboard. According to the press release, PNY is also planning to release gaming memory under its XLR8 gaming brand, which is particularly geared towards enthusiasts and should feature fancy heat spreaders, RGB illumination and out-of-the-box overclocking. PNY's fast DDR5 memory is expected to be released alongside the according CPUs and mainboards in the fourth and final quarter of 2021.

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Enrico Frahn
Editor of the original article: Enrico Frahn - Tech Writer - 563 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
My fascination for technology goes back a long way to the Pentium II era. Modding, overclocking and treasuring computer hardware has since become an integral part of my life. As a student, I further developed a keen interest in mobile technologies that can make the stressful college life so much easier. After I fell in love with the creation of digital content while working in a marketing position, I now scour the web to bring you the most exciting topics in the world of tech. Outside the office, I’m particularly passionate about motorsports and mountain biking.
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Enrico Frahn, 2021-08-18 (Update: 2021-08-18)