Next-gen of Alder Lake-S processors will support dual-channel DDR5 memory

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Next-gen of Alder Lake-S

According to information sent to Videocardz by an anonymous source, Intel’s 12th-gen of Alder Lake desktop CPUs will support DDR5 memory, which is has doubled speeds compared with the current DDR4 standard. This makes us think that it is only a matter of time until the new DDR5 RAM will be presented as the new standard for PCS. Yet, we still have no idea whether or not these details have been leaked during the company’s substantial 20GB data leak which happened last week. 

Now, although we were all waiting for the moment when DDR5 memories will come, it was nearly impossible to determine precisely when this will happen. But it seems that Intel’s leaked information that its next-gen of Alder Lake-S processors will support DDR5 memory is a confirmation that the memories will be here very soon. 

Yet, it’s important to note that at the time of writing neither Intel nor its competitor AMD, have explicitly confirmed which of their future processor series will make the first transition to dual-channel DDR5 memory. The next-gen of Alder Lake-S processors from Intel are expected to double the data rates of the current DDR4 memory from up to 3.2 gigabits/ second to up to 6.4 gigabits/s. 

Intel’s 12th generation desktop processors will support DDR5 memory 

Although the latest leak doesn’t reveal other information, it does confirm the rumors that Intel’s 12th-gen desktop chips will support DDR5 memory at 4800MHz. The processor will do so with one DIMM per channel which will enable speeds that top out at a slower 4000MHz.

Rumors suggest that DDR5 support isn’t going to be the only huge change in the 12th-gen. Rumors have it that the company will also introduce a new LGA 1700 socket meaning that the chips won’t be compatible with Intel’s latest Z490 motherboards. 

Moreover, rumors also suggest that the chip, which will follow on from the company’s next-gen Rocket Lake parts, will also include Intel’s Hybrid Technology, as we’ve previously seen in the Lakefield chips. So, we expect the chip to mix high-powered processor cores with low-power ones bringing better performance and improved power efficiency into the PC arena. 

AMD, Intel’s bigger competitor, is also expected to make the step to the transition to DDR5 support as early as in 2022 with its Zen 4 processors. So, the next couple of years are set to bring a significant memory upgrade in the desktop area. 

However, tech enthusiasts still have quite some time to wait until they can enjoy the DDR5 memory version as the Alder-Lake-S processors are expected to be released on the market around 2021-2022, although this isn’t official information at the moment. So, this is a pretty clear sign that the transition period from DDR4 memory to DDR5 memory is still a bit far away.