ADATA to launch 64 GB DDR5-8400 RAM modules for Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S CPUs in 2H 2021
The DDR5 RAM standard is set to hit the consumer PC market later this year, and ADATA is among the first module makers to announce DDR5-based products developed in collaboration with renowned motherboard manufacturers like Gigabyte and MSI. ADATA mentions that these new modules are currently tested on the ”latest Intel platforms,” most likely featuring the upcoming Intel 12th gen desktop Alder Lake architecture that is supposed to launch in the second half of 2021. AMD’s first DDR5-compatible desktop architecture is currently slated for a 2022 launch.
Back in 2018, the first generation of DDR5 modules for the consumer PC markets were believed to debut with 5200 MT/s data rates and gradually increase speeds up to 8400 MT/s as the standard matured. However, ADATA is already testing 8400 MT/s modules and we could see these speeds offered with the first gen products in late 2021. Of course, the price points for these high-speed modules would be considerably higher than the current DDR4-3200 or even the DDR4-4800 standards, so most users may settle for the DDR5-5200 modules at first.
Capacities will also be increased, as ADATA is considering including up to 64 GB per single module. The DDR5 increased speeds and capacities should be able to ramp up performance scaling with the number of CPU cores, and thus reduce bandwidth-based performance limitations.