ADATA To Develop DDR5 Memory Modules With Up To 64 GB Capacities & 8400 MHz Speeds For Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake Platform

Alex Casas

ADATA has been on the frontlines of developing DDR5 memory for the next generation of Intel processors. They have now enlisted the help of MSI and Gigabyte to ensure that their memory is of the best possible quality and can reach the 8400 MT/s data transfer rate on Intel's next-generation Alder Lake platform.

ADATA Says DDR5 Memory Is The Future & A 8400 MT/s Data Transfer Rate Is Quite Promising For The First Generation

Many expect the standard for the first iteration of DDR5 to be somewhere in between 4800 and 5200, but ADATA looks to be striving to reach speeds of up to 8400 MHz on the first go and make it the future standard. The promise of DDR5 looks great because it offers a massive performance increase over DDR4 with an increase in data transfer rates. It also provides better efficiency which is to be expected with technological advancements.

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Enlisting the help of MSI and Gigabyte, ADATA says they are testing its DDR5-8400 on the "latest Intel platforms". This would most likely be Intel's upcoming Alder Lake processors using motherboards provided by MSI and Gigabyte. The Alder Lake processors are rumored to have eight high-performance Golden Cove cores and eight energy-efficient Grace Mont cores.

The microarchitecture that DDR5 will first be available is thought to be Golden Cove with further IPC gains coming with the Willow Cove and Cypress Cove microarchitectures. These modules will improve CPU performance by having a higher peak bandwidth with greater efficiency.

Intel Mainstream CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU FamilyProcessor ProcessProcessor ArchitectureProcessors Cores/Threads (Max)TDPsPlatform ChipsetPlatformMemory SupportPCIe SupportLaunch
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen)32nmSandy Bridge4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen)22nmIvy Bridge4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell (4th Gen)22nmHaswell4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen)14nmBroadwell4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake (6th Gen)14nmSkylake4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen)14nmSkylake4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen)14nmSkylake6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen)14nmSkylake8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake (10th Gen)14nmSkylake10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen)14nmCypress Cove8/1635-125W500-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02021
Alder Lake (12th Gen)Intel 7Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
16/2435-125W600 SeriesLGA 1700/1800DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen)Intel 7Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
24/3235-125W700-SeriesLGA 1700/1800DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen)Intel 4Redwood Cove (P-Core)
Crestmont (E-Core)
22/2835-125W800 Series?LGA 1851DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02023
Arrow Lake (15th Gen)Intel 20ALion Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
24/32TBA900-Series?LGA 1851DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02024
Lunar Lake (16th Gen)Intel 18ATBDTBATBA1000-Series?TBADDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2025
Nova Lake (17th Gen)Intel 18ATBDTBATBA2000-Series?TBADDR5?PCIe Gen 6.0?2026
ADATA DDR5 Memory To Feature Up To 64 GB Capacity and 8400 MHz Speeds

Although people may just see faster memory with DDR5, there a plethora of benefits and features that come along with this platform to enable high data rates. This includes improved training modes, on-die termination, and two independent 32/40-bit I/O channels (non-ECC/ECC) per module. More features include long-term I/O scalability and on-die single error correction (SEC) ECC, DFE (decision feedback equalizer) to eliminate reflective noise at high frequencies. The ram module will also be operating at just 1.1V which would ensure higher power efficiency while offering much better bandwidth and latencies than DDR4.

With DDR5 on the horizon, being able to reach DDR5-8400 with the first generation is quite promising for the future of DDR5. Micron estimated that DDR5 would be 35% more efficient than DDR4 at the same I/O speeds, but that may be an underestimation at this point. A lot has still not been answered about DDR5, but that will be clarified further along with the development of this new memory.

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