Source? Saying something for sure needs much more than just rumours. I doubt Intel has confirmed this.But wait... Raptor Lake will support DDR4 memory, and while it’s possible DDR5 will be of more benefit in a year, it’s still not going to be massive and gamers will almost always end up GPU limited in games, rather than CPU limited. The big issue with this future-proof argument is the same as before, they hinge on the investment paying off in the long run with very few short-term advantages.
Yeap I'm interested to know how video processing/rendering workloads are affected.A lot of work and data produced which is always appreciated but I cant help feeling it was pointless. You may aswell have tested the difference between a 12 core and 16 core CPU in games at the same clock speeds. Modern games dont use anywhere near the level of bandwidth with DDR5 or even 3600 DDR4 (Yes I can see we have the Dunia engine as an exception).
But I would like to know where DDR5 does have a benefit and by how much. I am not familiar with those workloads, do they exist? Surely someone must be paying the heinous prices for DDR5 and getting some value out of it? Does video editing benefit? Encoding? Databasing?
My 2666 c16 kit is slow, but what to upgrade to? Would it hold back a 12700k with a 3060 in any meaningful way? 1% lows maybe? Keep for another year and wait for ddr5 to mature, get fast low latency ddr4 now??
I'm not impatient and will most likely wait. I have a 6700k so 8 logical cores. My 3060 hits 97-100% usage in almost every game I play. Just bought Death Loop which supposedly requires a 6 (physical) core cpu and I play at 4k with DLSS and Ray Tracing on performance mode with the high prest overall and mostly get over 60. Granted there are more demanding areas likely ahead and I will drop to medium and disable the RTX for those parts if need be, but it works and I consider it a pretty demanding new game. While I do get some stutters in some games here and there because the frame times and 1% lows aren't always the greatest, overall my cpu is not a massive bottleneck as far as I can tell and I only want an upgrade at some point because I very much enjoy pc tech and hardware and having new gear gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.Do you have a very old CPU? If you go to a 12700k from say a 6/7th gen which were only 4 cores at best then you'll see worthwhile gains even with an old memory kit. If you already have at least 6 cores then you are probably safe waiting a year. Then going to a full DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 setup.
If you must upgrade now then personally I would just overclock the RAM a bit, even dumping more voltage into it. See what headroom it has, you might be surprised to see it hit 3000MHz and CL16 or even tighter latency with a bit more voltage. Would be fine. May as well at this point. I have ran a 3200MHz CL16 kit at 3600MHz and CL15 for years now with a voltage bump. Depends on the RAM really.
The results of all the testing reinforces something I've always maintain, performance be it eliminating bottle necks or tweaking for optimization is never going to result in prefect across the board improvements. You'll drive your self crazy if you obsess about that stuff.
In the end it all depends on the programs you're running. Some need all the cores you can throw at them. Others high clock speeds and/or great IPC will net you better results. Games are often GPU limited, but how much can vary a lot. And the optimal amount/speed for your RAM? Who knows TBH.
That's why I take all the "you need an 8 core CPU to be future proof", "you need at least a i7 current generation for that GPU" or "32GB is the sweet spot for the fastest RAM you can find", etc, with a grain of salt.
I currently have a number of systems I game on, an ancient i7 875K@ 3.7GHZ, with a GTX980, and 16GB of RAM. A i7 4790K@ 4.6GHZ, 2 GTX 980 in SLI, and 32GB of RAM which was my main until just recently and ran titles like Cyberpunk 2077 with out a hitch. And I just built a i5 10600FK@ 5GHZ, with a RTX 2080S and 32GB RAM.
But the truth is I could of waited on this last system because I'm finding my i7 4970K is still viable for the majority of games I play. I'm hitting 45-55 fps in New World with the settings on high @ 1440p pretty consistently with no hitching. If I was running a 1080p monitor I'm sure I'd be hitting close to 80-90 fps, maybe even 100.
In the end as far as I'm concerned "run what ya brung" and most importantly just have fun with it.