After many years in which DDR4 has been the standard PC memory, its successor and fifth generation of DDR memory is just around the corner. With a launch already planned and ready for deployment, it is when high-performance memories such as the DDR5-7200 begin to appear on the market, as is the case with the Geil Polaris RGB.
This year will be the definitive deployment of DDR5 memory to the market, it will come from the launch of the Intel Alder Lake. AMD for its part appears to be joining in with its Rembrandt SoCs in early 2022 first and then with the Zen 4-based Raphael desktop CPU.
However, the DDR5 memory modules have to be ready as a product and therefore targeted for mass production. That is why DIMMs of this type of memory are beginning to be seen, despite the fact that their launch is a few months from now.
DDR5 is due out at the end of the year
GeIL stands for Golden Emperor International, a Taiwan-based company that has just announced its memoirs DDR5 for gaming under its Polaris RGB brand. Which will be available to the public in the last quarter of 2021.
The new DDR5 memory will be sold in kits ranging from 16GB with a single DIMM to 128GB with four-DIMM kits. It must be clarified that DDR5 memory requires new motherboards, since not only is it the classic change based on voltage drop and more speed, but also now we have to take into account that each DIMM module is no longer a 64-bit channel but two 32-bit channels.
DDR5 requires not only new chipsets, but also new controllers and memory interfaces. That is why, despite being finished for distribution and fully available, it cannot yet be sold to the general public, since we currently do not have CPUs or motherboards compatible with DDR5.
DDR5-7200 by GeIL
The rest of the specifications of the GeIL DDR5 modules do not depart from the standard specified by the JEDEC, at least in the first generation of DDR5 memories that will appear, which are of the type DDR5-4800, speed that we know the Intel Alder Lake will support in its memory controller. Said DDR5 will come with latencies of CL40-40-40 and a voltage of 1.1 V.
What we find most interesting are the overclocked DDR5 memories, designed for the gaming market. In this case, the configurations that are under development are the following:
- DDR5-6000 with CL-32-36-36 latencies.
- DDR5-6400 with CL-32-36-36 latencies
- DDR5-6800 with CL-36-44-44 latencies
- DDR5-7200 with CL-36-44-44 latencies
At the moment we really know little about DDR5 support from next-gen CPUs. Let’s not forget that for DDR both Intel and AMD have released memory controllers capable of running at different speeds depending on the speed of the memory installed in the system.
We are eager to see the performance improvements that the next generation of RAM can bring, for the moment we can only wait.