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DDR3 and DDR4 on one Motherboard?

DDR3 and DDR4 on one Motherboard? - Computex 2015

DDR3 and DDR4 on one Motherboard?

DDR3 and DDR4 on one Motherboard? - Computex 2015

 

With Skylake supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 memory most motherboards will support one or the other, but this monstrosity from BIOSTAR will support both.

As some of you will remember, back in the days between DDR2 and DDR3 this same thing happened, where many motherboards were sold which supported both types of RAM. This was a very strange thing to say the least as while the board has the slots to use both, it cannot do so at the same time, so effectively you will be locked to only 2 DIMMS or either DDR2 or DDR3.

BIOSTAR seems to be going back to this with the DDR3 and DDR4 switch over, with their Hi-Fi series H170Z3 and H150Z5 motherboards supporting 2 DDR3L DIMMS or  2 DIMMS or DDR4 memory.

 

DDR3 and DDR4 on one Motherboard?

[look at the DIMM Slots, two are DDR3 and Two are DDR4]  

 

In my opinion going back to this is a silly idea, as right now moving from DDR3 to DDR4 does not give you much of a performance benefit, so all this does is prevent you from using 4 DIMMS of your chosen memory. 

While the option to choose you memory type after your motherboard purchase is nice, you really should just decide on what memory you will be using with Skylake and sticking too it, as high speed DDR3 will operate identically to similarly fast DDR4 memory. You are better off buying one memory type and upgrading to 2 banks of that memory type later f you need more capacity, as right now a bump in memory speed will give you a very limited performance increase. 

it is unlikely that many other motherboard manufacturers will decide to go down this route with Intel 100 series motherboards, given their disadvantages.  

 

You can join the discussion on motherboards supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 Memory and any Computex 2015 news on the OC3D Forums. 

 

With Skylake supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 memory most motherboards will support one or the other, but this monstrosity...

Posted by OC3D on Monday, 1 June 2015

 

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01-06-2015, 07:32:19

Thelosouvlakia
I remember that in the late LGA775 motherboards had the choise of either DDR2/DDR3 on the same motherboard, first to implement Asrock.Quote
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