DDR5 RAM modules get first green light for mass production in China
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Mass production for DDR5 RAM modules is finally underway, and Chinese memory module manufacturer Jiahe Jinwei is among the first to receive Micron’s DDR5 chips. SK Hynix and Samsung are also planning to start shipping their DDR5 chips soon, so we can expect a decent brand selection by the second half of this year, when the first DDR5-compatible desktop and laptop platforms are scheduled to release.
Jiahe Jinwei is the fourth largest DDR module producer in China and owns product lineups like Guanguwei and Asgard. Other companies with global presence like Team Group and ADATA are also planning to release DDR5 lineups in the coming months. Besides faster clocks, a greater overclocking potential and reduced energy requirements, DDR5 modules will allow for increased capacities that can peak at an outstanding 512 GB per module, as demonstrated by Samsung in a recent announcement. As far as prices go, the DDR5 modules will surely be more expensive than the DDR4 counterparts, but MSRPs should go down as the adoption accelerates through 2022 and beyond.
The first consumer-grade platform to include DDR5 support will be released in late 2021 by Intel with the Alder Lake-S processors and the 600-series motherboards. To ensure a smooth transition between standards, this platform will support both DDR4 and DDR5 modules. AMD’s first DDR5 platform will be released with the Zen 4 processors, most likely in early 2022. This new platform will revolve around the upcoming AM5 socket, meaning that AMD fans who wish to benefit from the DDR5 support will need to replace their current 500-series motherboards.