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DDR4 RAMs Hitting The Markets Before End Of 2013

DDR3 RAMs were good to us, but they’ve outstayed their welcome. We’ve been happily stuck with old sticks for the past couple of years but now that our computers demand more resources to function ideally, it’s time we move on to the next generation of RAMs.

Crucial – well-known for their RAMs – has announced that its DDR4 RAMs will hit the shelves before end of the year, just in time for Christmas. Although we are all way overdue for our RAM upgrades, don’t just rush into buying the new sticks just yet.

The Good News

The DDR4 is an amazing technology. In simple words, it uses less power to deliver more in less space. Its power consumption has been reduced by 20% and now runs at 2133MHz which is over twice is fast as the previous generation. But I believe the most amazing part of the new stick is its density.

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What is density?

Put simply this is the amount of memory that a RAM can carry for its form factor. This allows for DDR3 to have a smaller die than its predecessor and therefore the ability to bring twice as much memory for the same physical size. For example, you’ll be able to get an 8GB stick that is the exact same size as a 4GB DDR3.

The Bad News

It’s not big surprise that the new RAM has a whole new architecture, so you’ll need to shop around for a brand new motherboard before you can use your brand new sticks. The motherboards are most probably going to leverage on the DDR4 support to bump up the prices a little bit.

While it has a lot of benefits over the previous generation, it is going to be ridiculously expensive. We saw the same thing happened when we were making the transition to DDR3. The prices are likely going to be sky hight until end of 2014, but after that we should be on our way to super fast computers.

Conclusion

I have 16GB of DDR3 inside my Macbook Pro and that seems to be carrying well, and I’m sure that’s going to be the case for the next year or so. While having 32GB of memory on my desktop would be a very nice gift to myself, I don’t think I’ve been good enough to deserve a gift that expensive.

Keep in mind you’re not just paying for the new sticks, but also a brand new motherboard. Unless you breath hardware, good luck finding a motherboard that is compatible with all the other parts.

I’d suggest holding off until 2014, when the sticks are more common and have dropped in price a fair bit.

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