AMD’s next-gen Zen 4 processors are due later this year along with all-new motherboards, but the possible loss of DDR4 support could make the new upgrade a very expensive proposition for many. users who hope to switch to the platform.
With AMD’s new Zen 4-based 7000-series “Raphael” processors slated for release later this year, the company is looking to move on from its aging AM4 socket, which it used for the latest versions of the Ryzen series. , and it looks like DDR4 support will be dropped with the old socket.
The news comes from our friends at Tom’s Hardware, who spoke to several supply chain sources who say DDR5 will be the only memory supported on the X670 and B650 AM5 motherboards that are expected to launch alongside the CPUs. Raphael later this year.
Nothing has been officially announced yet, and it’s still possible that AMD will find a way to keep DDR4 support on another series of motherboards besides the X670 and B650, but it’s not clear. at this stage. We’ve reached out to AMD for comment and will update this story if and when we hear from the company.
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The main concern here is that DDR5 RAM modules are very expensive at the moment, and that shouldn’t change any time soon. While memory modules will inevitably come down in price, they’re just starting to roll out, and so far only on 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake processors.
Although the Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K are two of the best-selling CPUs right now, they aren’t moving in enough numbers to bring down the price of DDR5 on their own, so prices will still likely be very high when Zen 4 CPUs drop AMD towards the end of the year.
If so, anyone looking to upgrade to the new Ryzen 7000 series processors would need a new motherboard. and More expensive RAM, not to mention a possibly improved cooling solution. At least with some Intel Alder Lake motherboards, you can still use DDR4 RAM, which partly reduces the cost of the upgrade.
Whether AMD finds a way to retain DDR4 support could be a major factor in whether people choose to upgrade to the new AMD platform or if, for once, they find that Intel is a more affordable upgrade option.