According to a recently leaked roadmap, it looks like AMD is gearing up to launch support for DDR5 RAM in 2022. The leaks also says that AMD will launch USB4 support in 2022 as well as DDR5.
The leak came from Gamers Nexus who claim to have information from an internal AMD roadmap. This source suggests that AMD will be providing DDR5 support in 2022 along with Zen 4 processors. This memory will be available for both desktops and laptops, but the laptop version will feature a low-power variant of DDR5 RAM.
What Is DDR5 RAM?
DDR5 is the next generation of system RAM, following on from its predecessor DDR4. DDR4 is the most commonly used RAM and is likely the type currently sitting inside your system. Although some older systems may still be running with DDR3 RAM, this is becoming more and more uncommon.
DDR5 provides double the memory bandwidth of DDR4 and brings better power efficiency for PCs, laptops, and even smartphones.
What Type Of Performance Can We Expect From DDR5?
While this is still a rumor, it’s important to reflect back on when DDR4 memory was first launched. Initially, this next generation of RAM didn’t significantly boost the performance when compared to high-end DDR3 RAM. However, as time passed, DDR4 became capable of much higher speeds and the gap between it and the previous DDR3 grew wider.
We imagine something similar will happen when DDR5 is finally launched. So, we may have a long wait on our hands before we see the kind of performance boosts we’d like to see from the next generation of RAM.
For now, the big names all look like they’re moving towards DDR5 for the future. Micron announced at CES 2020 that it had begun sampling DDR5 SDRAM in data centers and Samsung says it will start mass production of DDR5 modules in 2021. SK Hynix also said that they are looking at DDR5, with the aim to start mass production this year. So, it would make sense for AMD to start working on throwing their hat into the ring.
While this is still a rumor, it looks like a likely one. If we hear any confirmation about AMD’s plans with DDR5, we will keep you updated.