Intel will release the 12th generation Core Alder Lake processor next week. The new platform will bring a large number of new technologies, including DDR5 and PCI-E 5.0, and WiFi 6E has also been integrated into the PCH, which will get more popular applications. At present, PCI-E 5.0 does not have any support equipment in the consumer market, and DDR5 memory is expected to become a tangled thing for many players because the price of the new generation of memory is definitely expensive when it is first launched.
Support for DDR5
memory can be said to be a highlight of the Alder Lake processor. It can provide a wider memory bandwidth than DDR4 memory, and the operating voltage has also been reduced from 1.2V to 1.1V, the power consumption is lower. Intel basically plugs two kinds of memory controllers into the CPU or North Bridge every time the memory is updated. This time, Alder Lake even supports DDR4, LPDDR4, DDR5, and LPDDR5 memory at the same time. The reason is the price of the new memory.
MSI actually wrote on their blog: Historically, the market price of a new generation of memory has always been 30% to 40% higher than that of the previous generation. However, this time DDR5 contains more components, which further pushes up the market. The price difference with DDR4 memory, the price of DDR5 is expected to be 50%~60% higher than DDR4
Obviously, most players should choose DDR4 memory to match Alder Lake processors in a short time. Although using DDR5 will get better performance, this is why most motherboard manufacturers’ non-flagship Z690 motherboards basically have two versions of DDR5 and DDR4.