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DDR4 dynamic random access memory (DRAM) will enter the market sometimes in 2014 beginning with various servers and then will start to target client personal computers, e.g., desktops and notebooks. Just like in case of transition from DDR2 to DDR3, the transition from the latter to DDR4 will take a rather long time. This time, however, it could be even longer than originally expected due to condition of the DRAM market.

IHS, a leading market tracking firm, believes that it will take DDR4 around two years before its shipments will crossover 50% of commodity DRAM (e.g., memory maiunly used for desktops, notebooks and servers, but not for tablets, smartphones or game consoles). In its first 1.5 years on the market, DDR4 will be used for mainly for servers as well as high-end desktops, which will let it capture around one quarter of commodity memory market. Starting from Q3 2015, DDR4 will be adopted by client systems based on Intel Corp.’s code-named Skylake, which means that the pace of the adoption from that time will depend on the speed of Skylake’s ramp up.

Unfortunately, there is a catch. There are currently just three major makers of DRAM on the planet (Samsung Electronics, Micron and SK Hynix), which means that the competition between them is not as cut-throat as it used to be between four and five major manufacturers several years ago. As a result, HIS expects DDR4 to remain premium memory until late 2015, but claims that the condition of DRAM market in general will influence pricing of DDR4 much more significantly than actual adoption.

According to IHS slides demonstrated by Intel Corp. at IDF, initially 8GB DDR4 RDIMM will cost around $90, but eventually it price will reduce to around $50 three years after the launch.

Tags: DDR4, DRAM, Samsung, Micron, SK Hynix, Hynix, Business, Intel, Skylake, Haswell-EX, Haswell-E

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2 5 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 09/17/13 11:20:40 PM]
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instead iwait for GDDR6
2 0 [Posted by: Tud Bar  | Date: 09/17/13 11:57:39 PM]
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The RAM makers are the only ones desperate for DDR4 (sales) so they are hyping it as if there were some advantage to it for enthusiasts - which of course there is not as it's designed for SERVERS, not desktop PCs.

Intel is making DDR4 available because they are basically selling castrated server CPUs/mobos to gullible PC enthusiasts who follow along like good little sheeple even when DDR4, PCIe 3.0 and quad and hex channel RAM show no tangible gains in system performance for typical desktop use - and they won't for years to come.
8 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 09/17/13 11:59:18 PM]
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Time for another Qimonda maybe?

G skill's demo was already at 2133 so we'll probably get something like 2666 8GB DIMMS at $100 or something.
0 0 [Posted by: dinosore  | Date: 09/18/13 12:40:56 AM]
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until there is actually cpu's that get bottleneck from DDR3's throughput then there is no real need for DDR4. DDR3 has still a lot of headroom left. And of course consoles won't take advantage of it when a new one gets released every 7 years. By that time DDR5 will prob be hitting the market and next gen consoles coming out around that time will prob skip entirely over DDR4 and put DDR5 in their systems. that's what ms did with the xbox 360 they skipped entirely over GDDR2 and went right to GDDR3.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 09/18/13 02:18:45 AM]
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You all miss the point off DDR4.

1.It uses less electricity (small devices with a battery are more useful, devices last longer), I'm sure your laptops will enjoy this!

2.The DIMMs start out at 4GB each, larger DIMMs allow for higher maximum RAM inside your system. Imagine 16GB of RAM what are the possibilities if almost everyone has around that much space.

3.Speed, yes that's impressive but probably wont see higher FPS in games maybe.
2 1 [Posted by: WebSoldier  | Date: 09/18/13 05:07:45 AM]
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frnd u r right but we r not missing just want to make our comment short we know that ddr4 runs at 1.05–1.2V when compared to ddr3 at 1.2–1.65V at same current.

surly ddr4 is superior than ddr3 in all segments but point is cost,ddr4 will come to mainstream not before than Q3 2015.

that's the reason we r hearing that kaveri may come with ddr5 ram coz at this point of time ddr5 is cheaper than ddr4 but requires point-to-point connections.
1 1 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 09/18/13 07:33:56 AM]
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Spam control, please delete above me but not me.

First of all DDR4 have many hidden improvements.

the maximum DDR3 single module can be fitted with 4GB of RAM, single rank.

No i dont want to get into a long discussion about Single VS Dual Rank Memory, but in summary usually better mobo's handle dual rank better, not so long ago Asrock mobo`s couldn't handle any dual rank memory.

With DDR4 you can have 8gb RAM module single rank, meaning 8 chips native in a DIMM each chip 1 GB of RAM, aside from DDR3 512MB*16, dual stacked usually as appears at each side of the DIMM.

So that makes any cheap mobo with DDR4 Support, and i mean cheap by only having 2 DIMM slots very nice, cause it can handle 16 GB, plus it can handle them as good as the pricy mobo`s cause there simple single ranked RAM, and most processors have dual channel memory which will work stably and natively with 2 dimm slots.

I maybe exaggerating but i believe the more you go native the more stable the system.

1 0 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 09/18/13 11:11:01 AM]
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