Posted by Marc Greenberg on August 15, 2014
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 ramexperts.com 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!
Graham Allan is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for DDR PHYs at Synopsys. Graham graduated from Carleton University's Electrical Engineering program with a passion for electronics that landed him in the field of DRAM design at Mosaid in Ottawa, Canada. Beginning at the 64Kb capacity, Graham worked on DRAM designs through to the 256Mb generation. Starting in 1992, Graham was a key contributor to the JEDEC standards for SDRAM, DDR SDRAM and DDR3 SDRAM. Graham holds over 20 patents in the field of DRAM and memory design.