You will still have to wait a long time for DDR5 to arrive for desktop computers
You’ve seen how fast DDR4 is, now prepare yourself for the next phase of the performance spectrum, and that will come from DDR5. Intending to replace DDR4 DIMMs, DDR5 is expected to offer twice the bandwidth and density of DDR4, while maintaining greater efficiency in the process. Companies that rely on servers to get their work done often use large amounts of RAM to handle larger and intensive tasks.
With the amount of data channeled across data centers increasing, it will require more RAM as a result, so companies also demand something that is faster in terms of bandwidth and efficiency that will keep the costs low for when the electricity bill gets mailed to them. That is where DDR5 is going to play an active role, but do not get excited for it this early. JEDEC has already said that it is working through to standardize next-generation memory modules
“As planned, DDR5 will provide double the bandwidth and density over DDR4, along with delivering improved channel efficiency. These enhancements, combined with a more user-friendly interface for server and client platforms, will enable high performance and improved power management in a wide variety of applications,” says JEDEC in a statement.
“Increasing server performance requirements are driving the need for more advanced technologies, and the standardization of next-generation memory such as DDR5 and the new generation persistent modules NVDIMM-P will be essential to fulfilling those needs. Work on both standards is progressing quickly, and we invite all interested engineers worldwide to visit the JEDEC website for more information about JEDEC membership and participation in JEDEC standards-setting activities.”
The first demonstration of how capable DDR5 RAM is doing to be given at the 2017 Server Forum taking place on June 19. After that, it will take quite a while for the standardization of these next-generation memory chips.
If you expect to see DDR5 in action in servers starting from 2018, then it could possibly be 2020 when you start seeing the same DIMMs performing in consumer-based desktop and laptop computer systems.