Why is it important: This week, a Taipei-based YouTuber who may be part of the Asus ROG motherboard team created a prototype adapter for using DDR4 memory cards on DDR5-only motherboards. This trick could ease the dilemma faced by those who build or buy new computers with new Intel Alder Lake processors.
When Intel released its Alder Lake processors in November, it allowed users to finally dive into DDR5 RAM – if they can find it. Supply chain shortages have also impacted DDR5 production, so users may want to stick with DDR4 for now. However, upgrading from DDR4 to DDR5 later means replacing your entire motherboard, as motherboards currently can only support one or the other.
Youtuber Bing – an Asus employee according to the machine translation of his profile page – posted a video on Thursday about his prototype adapter that allows him to use DDR4 RAM on an Asus Z690 DDR5 motherboard. We have embedded the video above, but it is in Chinese, so please change your subtitle settings to automatic translation.
The problem lies in the fundamental differences between DDR4 and DDR5 modules. Based on the video, the Bing prototype is still in its early stages and may not turn into something you can buy for some time. If it turns into a real product, users can go ahead and purchase DDR5 motherboards before they can get their hands on DDR5 RAM and simply upgrade when it becomes more affordable and cost effective.