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Chinese RAM producer Netac plans to release 10 GHz DDR5 RAM modules

Micron Z9ZSB DDR5 chips (Image Source: ITHome)
Micron Z9ZSB DDR5 chips (Image Source: ITHome)
Netac has only been in the RAM market for a few years, but the Chinese company already intends to set itself apart and be the first to introduce DDR5 RAM modules overclocked to 10 GHz. This may take a while since 8.4 GHz DDR5 modules are supposed to launch next year.

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The desktop and laptop PC markets are bracing for the arrival of the DDR5 standard later this year. Companies like ADATA, Team Group and Jiahe Jinwei already announced their upcoming DDR5 modules that should be released in the second half of 2021. Team Group also revealed that the new DDR5 modules can operate at much higher voltages thanks to a new power management system, which is integrated in the modules themselves rather than on the motherboards as it is the case with the DDR4 standard. Thus, voltages can be raised up to 2.6 V from the default 1.1 V, allowing for factory overclocked specs even beyond 8.4 GHz.

China is booming with new PC-related hardware producers these days, as it seeks to reduce reliance on foreign imports. Jiahe Jinwei already got the green light for DDR5 module production earlier this spring and other new producers like Netac are expected to contribute to the domestic DDR 5 module stock soon. Netac first entered the RAM industry in 2018, but the Chinese producer is already trying to set itself apart from the crowd with plans to release DDR5 modules overclocked to 10 GHz. According to ITHome, Netac is investing heavily in R&D to achieve stable 10 GHz DDR5 clocks. In order to further these plans, Netac already received a sizable supply of Micron Z9ZSB DDR5 chips with 2 Gb X 8 capacities and 40-40-40 timings. The 10 GHz modules will most likely be launched in a few years, since the 8.4 GHz modules are expected to launch in 2022.

It is unclear how the DDR5 modules are supposed to benefit from speeds above 8.4 GHz when the timings are already so high. Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs launching in late Q3 this year only support DDR5-4800 by default, and AMD did not even specify the exact DDR5 support for its upcoming Zen 4 processors. Realistically speaking, consumer platform support for higher DDR5 clocks might not even be a priority for Intel and AMD in the next few years.

 

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-04-16 (Update: 2021-04-16)