First DDR5 modules complete testing phase

Posted on Monday, April 26 2021 @ 13:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
DDR4 has had a pretty long run and will likely still be used for a couple more years, at least for certain segments of the market. Towards the end of this year, Intel will roll out Alder Lake, the first desktop platform with support for DDR5 memory.

On-module power circuitry

The new memory will have a couple of advantages. It will run at a lower voltage, offer higher capacity, more bandwidth, and on-die Error Correcting Code (ECC). Furthermore, some power circuitry moves from the motherboard to the memory modules, and there's talk that this will result in better overclocking performance.

While we'll have to wait a bit longer to see how the new DDR5 memory performs, memory makers are starting to roll out the first samples. VideoCardz writes Chinese memory makers Netac and Jiahe Jinwei have completed the testing phase and are now mass producing DDR5 modules. These memory modules use DDR5 memory chips from a third party, like Micron.

Netac is reportedly evaluating its DDR5 modules in cooperation with motherboard makers like ASUS or MSI. The modules reportedly work fine and boot into the operating system without issues. Below we have a photo of the Jiahe Jinwei DDR5 memory. Compared with DDR4, one of the big differences is the inclusion of the power delivery circuit on each DDR5 module.

Jiahe Jinwei DDR5 memory

4800MHz but 40-40-40 timings

DDR5 will launch at 4800MHz and will run at 1.1V. The modules from Netac and Jiahe Jinwei feature 32GB capacity per module but have 40-40-40 timings. Not exactly high-performance just yet, but this should get better over time.
The DDR5 memory will significantly improve frequencies up to 4800 MHz without any overclocking applied. This frequency will be supported by upcoming Intel 12th Gen Core Alder Lake processors now expected by the end of this year. Additionally, the DDR5 will lower the voltage and increase capacities compared to DDR4 technology. The modules that have been produced at Netac and Jiahe Jinwei are both 32GB per module with timings of 40-40-40 and a nominal voltage of 1.1V.

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