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Intel's next-generation Raptor Lake CPUs will reportedly support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory

DDR5 is here, but that doesn't mean that DDR4 is dead.

Intel's next-generation Raptor Lake CPUs will reportedly support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory

Raptor Lake will reportedly follow Alder Lake's approach to DDR5/DDR4 memory support

Alder Lake may have just launched, but that's not stopping analysts from discussing what comes next. Following Alder Lake will be Raptor Lake, Intel's 2nd Generation hybrid x86 CPU architecture, and it looks like Raptor Lake will support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory. 

Raptor Lake is due to launch in late 2022, arriving as Intel's second series o LGA1700 processors and Intel's second series of client processors to support DDR5 memory. Z690 motherboards will presumably support Intel's 13th generation processors, though it remains unknown whether or not DDR4-based Z690 motherboards will support 13th generation Raptor Lake processors. 

Moore's Law is Dead, a popular hardware YouTuber, has reported that Intel's Raptor Lake processors will support DDR4 and DDR5 memory, following Alder Lake's footsteps. Assuming it launches in late 2022, Raptor Lake will release around the same time as AMD's Zen 4 series processors, making late 2022 a critical time for both companies in the ongoing x86 CPU wars. 

Intel's next-generation Raptor Lake CPUs will reportedly support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory

DDR4 Support Just Makes Sense for Raptor Lake

With Alder Lake and many Z690 motherboards supporting DDR4 memory, it just makes sense for Raptor Lake to support the older memory standard. DDR4 is currently more affordable, and DDR5 isn't expected to match DDR4's pricing until 2023, making DDR4 support a valuable add-on for Raptor Lake. 
 
DDR4-based Raptor lake motherboards should be cheaper than their DDR5-based counterparts, and DDR4 memory should remain more affordable than DDR5. Both of those factors make DDR4 memory support desirable for budget-conscious PC builders and OEMs. 

At this time, AMD has not confirmed whether or not their Zen 4 processors will support DDR4 memory. AMD's Zen 4 CPUs will be moving to a new CPU socket, and that CPU socket is known to support DDR5 memory. Whether or not AMD will use the same hybrid memory support model as Intel remains to be seen. Will AMD go all-in on DDR5, or will AMD support DDR4 and DDR5 on their Zen 4 Ryzen CPUs? We will just have to wait and see.

You can join the discussion on Raptor Lake's rumoured support for DDR4 memory on the OC3D Forums

 

Intel's next-generation Raptor Lake CPUs will reportedly support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory

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08-11-2021, 10:23:22

KingNosser
I'm not so sure amd will do the same really depends on what they intend, half the reason i feel i'll just get a 5950x cheap and swap mobo's out it'll be cheaper than going full zen 4 and tbh my 6800XT doesn't need more and by then prices will be far far lower, but never know they might start an all out war on price.Quote

08-11-2021, 19:00:00

NeverBackDown
Hopefully they will be a drop in replacement in current boards. AL is impressive for a first attempt at hybrid architecture, RL should prove to be quite a jump one would expect. I could see myself upgrading to it if AMD can't match them.Quote

08-11-2021, 19:34:47

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Hopefully they will be a drop in replacement in current boards. AL is impressive for a first attempt at hybrid architecture, RL should prove to be quite a jump one would expect. I could see myself upgrading to it if AMD can't match them.
Yeah, me too. As you said in another post, Intel still have some of the best engineers. And it's also quite clear that AMD feel no need to offer stellar budget options at this time. Intel could well want to cater to those that are happy with an efficient 6c CPU for as little money as possible. If they can keep the platform prices down, I'd definitely consider going back to Intel.Quote

08-11-2021, 20:40:33

Dawelio
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Hopefully they will be a drop in replacement in current boards. AL is impressive for a first attempt at hybrid architecture, RL should prove to be quite a jump one would expect. I could see myself upgrading to it if AMD can't match them.
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Yeah, me too. As you said in another post, Intel still have some of the best engineers. And it's also quite clear that AMD feel no need to offer stellar budget options at this time. Intel could well want to cater to those that are happy with an efficient 6c CPU for as little money as possible. If they can keep the platform prices down, I'd definitely consider going back to Intel.
At what point would you potentially make the switch then? Are you waiting for AMDs updated CPUs early next year to see what they are offering or are you thinking in the nearer future?...Quote

09-11-2021, 19:46:16

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by Dawelio View Post
At what point would you potentially make the switch then? Are you waiting for AMDs updated CPUs early next year to see what they are offering or are you thinking in the nearer future?...
After I see the V-cache update for Zen 3, not if current Zen 3 prices are dropped in the next week or so. To be honest though, I say what I say with a huge caveat. My financial situation is dire right now. I won't be spending any unnecessary money on anything. I would love to build a new SFF system using a low TDP 6c CPU and a low TDP GPU like the 6600XT, but I just can't afford it. And I probably won't be able to for many months. But hypothetically, the newest iteration of Zen 3 is what I want to see compared to Alder Lake. If Alder Lake is still competitive, I'd consider switching back to Intel.Quote
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