AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs might only support DDR5 memory at launch

Mr Majestyk

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Good idea, makes the MB's simpler and with the rapid progress in DDR5 performance by the time Zen 4 ships I think more people will get on board the DDR5 train. You don't have to upgrade from Zen 3 if you don't want DDR5. Even Raptor Lake will be DDR5 only. Things move on.
 

maroon1

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. Even Raptor Lake will be DDR5 only. Things move on.
Wrong
Raptor lake supports DDR4
 

tellmewhy

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This is what I think it will happen. They will test the Zen4 architecture at am5 socket only with ddr5 and IF the adoption is very slow then after few months they will launch and a version of Zen4 for am4 with ddr4 support.
 

Puiu

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Will there be people, buying latest generation expensive CPUs and investing on retired DDR4 memories? I guess some, but not masses.
It's because it's easier to just buy a mobo and CPU combo and still keep your RAM and everything else. It happened often when we had a major architecture change that included a new generation of RAM.
 

CowsGotMilk

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It's because it's easier to just buy a mobo and CPU combo and still keep your RAM and everything else. It happened often when we had a major architecture change that included a new generation of RAM.
It's 50/50 case. If you're going cheap, you will go with 5800X3D or 5900X, so you wouldn't have to buy a new expensive mobo. Those two CPUs will have enough juice for everything for like 3 years and more. After those 3 years I bet, that you won't even look at DDR4.
 

Puiu

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It's 50/50 case. If you're going cheap, you will go with 5800X3D or 5900X, so you wouldn't have to buy a new expensive mobo. Those two CPUs will have enough juice for everything for like 3 years and more. After those 3 years I bet, that you won't even look at DDR4.
it all depends on the evolution of the prices (ignoring the first month or two launch prices when stocks are low)
 
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