Although Intel hopes to increase the promotion of DDR5 memory when the 13th generation Core series processors are launched this year. There’s even news that Intel is asking motherboard makers to avoid DDR4 memory support on the 700-series chipsets to speed up the transition to DDR5 memory on their platforms. However, motherboard manufacturers don’t care too much about Intel’s ideas. Previously, ASRock and MSI were reported to have prepared Z790 motherboards that support DDR4.
According to TomsHardware, ASUS has prepared at least five Z790 motherboards that support DDR4, from TUF Gaming and Prime series, including TUF Gaming Z790-Plus D4, TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi D4, Prime Z790-P D4, Prime Z790M-Plus D4, and Prime Z790-P WiFi D4.
By purchasing these motherboards, users can continue to use their existing high-performance DDR4 memory, reducing the additional cost of replacing the Raptor Lake platform. The TUF Gaming series emphasizes stability and is suitable for ordinary gamers with relatively limited budgets but certain requirements. The positioning of the Prime series is still lower. On the basis of controlling costs, it provides some relatively advanced functions. These two series are both cost-effective product lines, catering to the user groups who have this demand.
Whether users like it or not, DDR4 is indeed reaching the end of its life cycle and the industry is moving forward with the move to DDR5. With the release of AMD’s next-generation AM5 platform, the transfer speed will become faster. Since the frequency of most DDR5 memories in the early days was not high and the delay was obvious. Compared with the mature high-frequency and low-latency DDR4 memory, there is no performance advantage, and the price is much more expensive, which is why many users want to continue to use DDR4 memory at this stage.