For the speed demons that live and die on fast PC performance, standards never stay new forever. You may still be stuck on DDR3 or just upgraded your computer to use DDR4, but having a faster RAM could make your life easier. JEDEC, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, just announced that it’s currently working on a specification for the next-generation DDR RAM and will finalize the standard sometime in 2018.
Double speed and more power efficient
According to JEDEC, the new DDR5 should have double the memory bandwidth and density of DDR4. It also has improved channel efficiency, making the next-generation DDR RAM faster and more power efficient. Gamers who use high-end PCs and laptops will likely be the first to squeeze every last frame rate out of the most graphically intense titles, but portable devices should be benefited by a mobile version of it.
Heading towards a RAM-free future
Though the standard of DDR5 is set to publish sometime in 2018, you won’t be able to use it in your system anytime soon. It’s because to support DDR5, it’s necessary to upgrade the memory controllers in processors and SoCs, which usually take two to three years to finish. Meanwhile, a potentially RAM-free future is emerging as Intel is working on Optane, its own stand-alone drive that you can also use as a RAM. Company’s like HP, Dell, Lenovo, and ASUS are planning to use it to develop their own PCs. It means there is a possibility that DDR5 will be extinct before it even shows off to the market.