Intel will launch the Alder Lake platform that supports DDR5 memory this year. Of course, only three K/KF processors will be launched first. The non-K series processor will not come out until the first quarter of next year. The DDR5 memory modules of various memory manufacturers are also in preparation, and many manufacturers have already announced their DDR5 memory.
Of course, the users know that the new memory will definitely not be cheap when it comes to the market. TrendForce has predicted that next year the supply price of DDR5 memory will be 30% higher than the current DDR4, and PC OEMs seem to have no plans to use DDR5 memory in large numbers this year. It is expected that DDR5 will be mainly used in commercial PC products next year, and will not be popularized in consumer PCs until 2023.
Another market research company, Omdia, predicts that DDR5 memory will only account for about 10% of the entire DRAM market in 2022, and it will increase to 43% by 2024.
In fact, when Intel developed the Alder Lake processor, it considered providing consumers and manufacturers with a variety of memory options. It can support DDR4, DDR5, LPDDR4X, and LPDDR5 memory, so DDR5 memory is not the only choice for the new platform.
The Alder Lake processor itself does not support DDR5
memory very well. It only supports the starting frequency of 4800MHz. In fact, the frequency of 6400MHz may be more common in the retail market. The memory capacity will be greatly improved than DDR4. The maximum capacity of a single chip is 64Gb, which is four times that of DDR4 16Gb. The standard operating voltage of DDR5 is 1.1V, which is lower than DDR4’s 1.2V, so it has lower power consumption.