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Will Intel officially launch DDR4 on August 29th?

There is a ton of internet speculation today – mostly based on a report on a Japanese website – that Intel will make it’s first DDR4-compatible products available on August 29th and that internet retailers may make those products available for sale the same day. Earlier speculation was that Intel would release the DDR4-compatible products in time for the Intel Developer Forum in mid-September.

There is precious little pre-launch information from official Intel sources, but Intel’s website indicates that three CPUs will be available – the Haswell-E based Core(TM) i7-5960X, the i7-5930K and the i7-5820K, all supporting DDR4 at up to 2133MT/s with up to 8 CPU cores and 20MB of cache in the case of the i7-5960X.

Other vendors seem to be gearing up for the event – online vendors report having stock of Corsair’s Dominator Platinum 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DIMM kit running at 2800MT/s at a hair under Corsair’s RRP of $539.99. That is a hefty premium of about 2-3X over street price for equivalently sized but slower 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1600, but actually less than some of the highly overclocked DDR3 DIMMs that are available from some vendors.

What will happen? We’ll see… stay tuned!

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