In the context: Early adopters of the Intel LGA 1700 platform will have to choose between DDR5 or DDR4 memory when purchasing a motherboard, as the company’s Alder Lake processors will only work with one type of memory at any given time. The good news is that there will be DDR5-7000 modules for the enthusiast, but don’t expect them to be cheap.
Now that Intel is unlocked Alder lake desktop processors have begun to ship, companies will rush to offer early adopters the best DDR5 memory that money can buy. This became apparent last week when Gigabyte published a list of supported DDR5 modules for Z690 Aorus Tachyon motherboard.
Gigabyte’s list includes everything from modules that run within the standard JEDEC specification to DDR5-7000 modules from multiple vendors that will provide higher bandwidth through increased power consumption and heat.
Apparently, you will soon be able to purchase 16GB CL40 DDR5-7000 memory cards from companies such as Adata and TeamGroup, as well as Gigabyte’s own Aorus sub-brand. The 7000 MT / s data rate is provided by increasing the input voltage up to 1.5 V over the standard 1.1 V specification, but the good news is that you don’t need exotic cooling to handle the extra heat. Earlier this week G.Skill disclosed he managed to overclock Trident Z5 DDR5 memory up to 3500 MHz (effective frequency 7000 MHz).
All these high-speed memory modules combine Samsung’s 14nm DDR5 chips, possibly the spiritual successor to last year’s much-requested B-die. We haven’t seen any official announcements of these DDR5-7000 flash drives yet, but one thing is for sure – they will cost you an arm and a leg.
At the time of writing, even a basic 32GB DDR5-4800 kit from Crucial or GeIL will set you back anywhere between $ 211 and $ 428. PNY XLR8 DDR5-4800 kits are expected to hit shelves later this month with prices in the same range, and the company is also preparing CL36 Mako RGB DDR5-5600 modules that will support effective speeds up to 6400 MHz.