MSI plans to phase out Z790/B760 DDR4 memory version
In the preceding biennium, myriad factors precipitated a severe scarcity within the global semiconductor industry, with the prices of DDR5 memory reaching exorbitant levels. Consequently, Intel’s newly launched 12th and 13th generation chipsets supported both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, enabling consumers to select chipsets based on their specific needs.
While motherboard manufacturers could not concurrently support both DDR4 and DDR5, consumers had the option to choose motherboards exclusively supporting DDR4, thereby minimizing memory acquisition expenses.
MSI plans a gradual phase-out of Z790/B760 DDR4 memory editions, exclusively supporting DDR5 memory in future iterations.
This transitional approach provided some relief over the past two years. As global chip prices plummeted significantly and DDR5 memory prices experienced a marked decline, MSI deemed it unnecessary to continue offering motherboards supporting both memory types. Accordingly, MSI intends to gradually eliminate DDR4 versions of the Z790 and B760 chipsets, with subsequent support reserved solely for DDR5 versions.
Models such as the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI DDR4, PRO Z790-A WIFI DDR4, PRO Z790-P DDR4, and MAG B760 MORTAR DDR4 will be phased out in due course, and other motherboard manufacturers are anticipated to adopt similar strategies.
On AMD’s front, their current RYZEN 7000 series high-end products exclusively support DDR5 memory. Thus, it is a logical choice for Intel’s partners to commence phasing out DDR4, starting with high-end products.