AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 CPUs will come with native DDR5-5200 memory support. This is a step above Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors which feature DDR5-4800 out of the box. DRAM vendor Apacer shared this in a press release earlier today. As reported a while back, the Zen 4 lineup will completely ditch DDR4 memory for its faster, more efficient successor. This means a consistent, and more uniform userbase but also a lack of options at the lower-end as DDR5 memory is still pretty pricey.
With DDR5, we’ll be getting two channels per DIMM, a wider BL and prefetch, larger banks/bank groups, and lower voltages, in addition to shorter delay times and better data retention.
Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake offerings will also be launched close to the holiday season with DDR5-5200 (or higher) memory support but they’ll also retain DDR4 compatibility on existing 600 series boards. Overall, both Raphael and Raptor Lake should feature quad-channel memory configurations.
As for the Epyc Genoa family, we can expect 12-channel memory configurations, a step up from Intel’s 8-channel Sapphire Rapids-SP lineup. The finer details will likely vary from vendor to vendor but AMD should retain its lead in the memory department. PCIe Gen 5 will come to Genoa but consumers will likely have to settle for Gen 4.