As the sun begins to set on the DDR4 memory standard, several enthusiasts have begun looking forward to the arrival of the next-generation DDR5 for both the desktop PC and laptops. The problem is that they might have to wait for another couple of years if a leaked AMD roadmap is to be believed.
The leaked roadmap allegedly came from an internal document within AMD that was passed on to Steve Burke, Editor-in-Chief at Gamer Nexus. According to Burke, the slide suggests that DDR5 RAM will make its debut in 2022. Moreover, the platform at that time will retain the PCIe 4.0 interface and but should be paired with AMD’s supposed Zen4 architecture by then.
Unfortunately, Burke is unable to share the exact slide that mentions DDR5, saying that it’s likely to have been marked by AMD. In order to catch leakers in the act.
The 2022 platform will also reportedly introduce support for a new USB 4.0 standard. Having said that, it’s important to remember that these details and plans can change at a moment’s notice, so it’s important that we treat this new with a healthy dose of skepticism.
It should also be pointed out that DDR5 does currently exist in the market, but at this point in time, it seems limited to smartphones. Namely, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series and the OnePlus 8 Pro. On another note, South Korean semiconductor maker, SK Hynix, is already working on the memory standard, having been able to achieve frequencies as high as 8400MHz.