There are two manufacturers (in this case, the Chinese Jianhe Jinwei and Netac) who have officially confirmed that the first DDR5 memory modules that have rolled off their production lines have already successfully passed the testing and validation phase, which means that Mass production of this new generation of RAM is already underway and will reach distributors shortly.
DDR5 RAM is getting closer and closer
Jiahe Jinwei and Netac do not make memory chips, but simply modules in DIMM format. This means that their production lines depend on the supply of chips from companies like Micron, and it is precisely the Micron chips that they received about two weeks ago to begin mass production of the first DDR5 RAM memories.
Netac has confirmed that they have completed the testing and verification phase of their DDR5 RAM in collaboration with brands such as Asus, who have given them functional PC motherboards so that they can perform their tests. The company has reported that they have had no problems and that the process has been totally smooth, so the systems equipped with their DDR5 memory booted without problems and are fully functional.
So after the supply and production phases they have passed the verification phase, and this means that they are now confident that they can actually start mass manufacturing DDR5 memory for supply to distributors. In other words, DDR5 RAM is now finally about to hit the market, which in turn means that we can begin to see the first systems and platforms based on it.
New generation, new platforms and architectures
For a long time we have been talking about the new platforms and architectures that will make use of the new generation of RAM, but obviously until the final achievement of this they only worked on paper since they did not have physical products to do real tests. Now that DDR5 RAM is mass-produced, this means that there isn’t much left for us to see the new generations of motherboards and processors based on it, finally.
As you may already know, DDR5 RAM will significantly improve the base operating frequency, raising it to 4,800 MHz initially and that without overclocking it. This frequency will already be compatible with the upcoming 12th Generation Intel Core Alder Lake processors, which are expected to hit the market later this year. In addition, DDR5 will reduce voltage and increase density compared to current DDR4, so it really is all benefits and improvements; For example, the modules that Netac has tested are 32GB per module with 40-40-40 latencies and a nominal voltage of just 1.1V.
This is also the first time that we will see the power supply circuitry in each individual DDR5 module, a major change from DDR4 as they depend on the power supply provided by the motherboard chipset.