Intel 13600K and 13900K DDR4 vs DDR5 Showdown

Conclusion

Intel 13th Generation DDR4 vs DDR5

Conclusion

We thought that was a very interesting comparison. Admittedly we're using a very mature DDR4 kit, and there aren't any DDR5 kits that have been around long enough to truly maximise the potential of the format, no matter how good the G.Skill is. However, it was a huge surprise that the real world results were so incredibly close. As with all of these types of comparisons the end result will largely depend upon what you plan to use with your system for the majority of your uptime. Without doubt either setup will not leave you feeling like you missed out on an exceptional chunk of performance though.

We are contractually obliged to try and sum up, but when the results are this close it's very difficult to even make generalisations. However, we'll have a go. If you want to just game, without any real interest in using your system for anything else, then the lower latency of the DDR4, and particularly when used with the Core i5-13600K, will give you the smoothest overall experience. Again, that isn't to say that DDR5 and the Core i9-13900K isn't massively impressive, but bang for buck you'll get more out of the Core i5 and the DDR4, then spending the difference on a GPU upgrade than you will for grabbing the more expensive two. Even with the same GPU the DDR4 seems to just shade things.

Of course that isn't the only application, and there are benefits to DDR5 that cannot be skipped over. Generally, that word again, it is a more well rounded platform for those of you who use your system to its fullest potential. Additionally the Z790 DDR4 motherboards are somewhat limited in their feature set when compared to the full fat DDR5 offerings, so if you want a bit more connectivity, or more M.2 slots, or just be slightly protected in the future, then a DDR5 Z790 is the only way to go.

If we had to get one today that lasted a year or on a tight budget, we'd go for the DDR4 setup. If we were planning a longer term build, we'd have to go with the DDR5 just because it's more consistent regardless of use case.

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20-10-2022, 13:21:50

23RO_UK
Great work once again Guv!!!

So, I'll be upgrading my Z690 DDR4 rig to a 13600K and I've also got my B550 5800X3D rig; I think that covers all the bases for me moving forward Quote

20-10-2022, 14:02:00

AlienALX
Thanks all. So basically the 13600k and DDR4 are the gamer's go to now.Quote

20-10-2022, 20:11:40

looz
Excellent comparison, I find the top of the line comparison more relevant with these systems than using some value DDR4 as it is the "budget option". I've invested in b-die, I want to keep using it.


I find the differences in minimum framerates very interesting, and it is also the most meaningful metric in my opinion. You feel those spikes, not average fps.Quote

20-10-2022, 20:28:50

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by looz View Post
I find the differences in minimum framerates very interesting, and it is also the most meaningful metric in my opinion. You feel those spikes, not average fps.
Exactly. I watched another review video today and they would say there is a 6% difference in X game. Yeah, the averages. Not the minimum. The minimum and .1% lows are the only thing I care about.Quote

21-10-2022, 07:05:36

Peace
Somehow, I find this very worrying. Maybe you guys can take this from me.



As it stand, currently, DDR4 = better for gaming, but could currently existing games get patches to benefit more from DDR5 or does that not lie within a game's engine, but moreso in the OS or CPU itself?


I don't really want to buy "old" tech if the possibility exists that the new tech becomes better even in older games over time.Quote
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