Corsair has joined the ranks of RAM manufacturers preparing for the future Intel Alder Lake processors. The company said preparations are well underway and we can expect new DDR5 RAM modules to arrive on the shelves later this year. Corsair also revealed the expected bandwidth and capacity of the new DDR5 flash drives, which promises performance unlike what we’ve seen in the DDR4 era.
DDR4 memory had a good run, but with the next generation of processors on the horizon, it’s on its way out the door. Corsair claims that the speed and capacity of the memory will be greatly improved. Compared to one of Corsair’s 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM modules, the newly announced 6400 MHz DDR5 stick is a huge step.
In the example above, the 3200 MHz DDR4 model, compared to 6400 MHz DDR5, the manufacturer expects the memory bandwidth to increase from 26 GB / s to a much higher frequency of 51 GB / s. The DDR5 memory is also said to operate at a basic clock speed of 4800 MHz, but the technology is expected to support up to 8400 MHz.
Corsair also announced that the capacity of one memory stick will quadruple. The maximum capacity of DDR4 RAM is 32 GB per DIMM (dual-line memory module), but the new DDR5 supports up to 128 GB. This addition is not yet necessary for our current standards, but it will pave the way for future upgrades and prevent bottlenecks in high-end computers.
According to Corsair, the improved bandwidth of DDR5 will make better use of the memory bus, while massive capacities will allow your computer to handle even more tasks at once. This makes DDR5 particularly attractive to streaming devices and content providers.
With the release of new Intel Alder Lake processors in the fall, Corsair is working to meet the deadline and prepare its new DDR5 memory in time for 12th-generation Intel processors. AMD users will likely have to wait longer to try out the new DDR5 technology, as the next-generation AMD processors, the Zen 4, are rumored to be released much later, in the second half of 2022.