Hi, folks! 🙂 Today, we are going to learn (rather talk) about something that is fresh and quite interesting. Nope, not about your new girlfriends guys and neither about your dudes gals 😉 For this post, our limelight is grabbed by DDR4 or more precisely DDR4 SDRAM, which stands for Double Data Rate Fourth Generation Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory. Phewww…What a full form?
Now, at this point, you must be like – Okay, we can read the full form. But, what it does, actually? Hold a minute pals. Let’s break the code for you. Let’s just first understand what DDR is in the first place.
What is DDR SDRAM?
DDR SDRAM or simply known as DDR is a class of memory integrated circuits that are utilized in computers. Wondering what is meant by integrated circuits? An integrated circuit (IC) is a set of different electronic circuits that are on a single small plate, which is made up of a semiconductor material, generally silicon. DDR SDRAM superseded SDR (single data rate) SDRAM by giving enhanced transfer rates.
Then, DDR SDRAM got superseded by DDR2 SDRAM and DDR3 SDRAM, neither of which was forward or backward compatible with DDR SDRAM. This means, DDR2 or DDR3 memory modules can’t work on DDR1-quipped motherboards and vice-versa.
Now, even DDR3 has got outdone and outperformed by the latest entrant in the series by the name of DDR4 SDRAM. Now, let’s jump to the main hero of the post- DDR4.
What’s so special about DDR4?
Quite interestingly, there are a lot of profound technical facets involved in understanding DDR4. Hey, don’t fear when we are here! We won’t go that deep, friends. Happy?
The most crucial enhancements found in DDR4 over its predecessor are data transfer speed and power consumption. All thanks to its comprehensive development.
When it comes to DDR3, it requires around 1.5 volts of electrical power in order to operate. On the other hand, DDR4 requires just 80 percent of that, which comes out to be 1.2 volts. In addition, DDR4 supports an innovative, deep power down mode that enables the host device to enter the standby mode without having to refresh its memory. The crucial deep power down mode is apparently introduced to mitigate the amount of standby power that is consumed by nearly 40 to 50 percent.
Apparently, less power draw signifies less amount of heat and large amount of battery life, which in turn hints toward the huge advantages that laptops and servers are going to avail because of the jump to DDR4. Moreover, heavy gamers are really expected to be benefitted by means of DDR4. Your personal computers will also operate much faster because DDR4 provides 50 percent more bandwidth in comparison to DDR3.
High end server applications as well as graphic intense games are hugely bandwidth sensitive, so DDR4 is clearly going to make your computers responsive like never before. Furthermore, high end and mid-range laptops are generally shipped with 8 GB of memory, which means that 20 percent reduced power consumption becomes more significant for increasing battery life.
Not only your computer, but also your tablets and smartphones are going to benefit tremendously from DDR4. Since, these gadgets normally come with just 1 GB or 2 GB of memory and their displays eat up much more power as compared to their memory. So, these gadgets will more or less benefit from great battery life rather than reduced power bills.
Not to forget the speed bump that all your PC users are going to enjoy due to DDR4. You will get a warm and green feeling also, due to reduced power consumption. As per several sources, DDR4 can offer a speed range of 2133 MHz to 3200 MHz, and it’s also speculated to touch 4266 MHz. Whereas, DDR3 showed the maximum potential of 2133 MHz. So, it’s no question that DDR4 memory will be faster by miles.
Now, let us tackle what you’ve been thinking all this while. Should I go for DDR4?
Do you really require DDR4?
With a lot of ups about DDR4 being said, there are certain things that you must pay attention to. The truth? Though the bitter one (here), you cannot purchase DDR4 at present and even, if you manage to (with the slightest chance), you won’t be able to utilize it in your present hardware. Nonetheless, it will always be a safe bet, because once DDR4 hits the market, it will get expensive lime crazy.
Apparently, numerous analysts and other industry experts believe that DDR4 will be launched later this year at prices 40 to 50 percent higher as compared to DDR3. So, if we do the math here, we find out that a 16 GB DDR3 memory costs you an average price of $140, whereas the same amount of DDR4 memory would cost you about $210.
But, ironically, as we proceed further in time, DDR4 will obtain more engineering resources. So, that might be the ideal time for us to see price parity with DDR3. Finally, it will become cheaper or at least reasonable, as more and more people put their resources into it.
In addition, there are experts who really believe that DDR4 is not at all a must-have update for users. Simply, because users do not require 2400 MHz speeds. They also proclaim that present generation CPUs don’t offer us any benefits with speeds over 1866 MHz on DDR3. Accordingly, DDR4’s less power requirements and the corresponding lessening in waste heat will be the key contributors for this technology’s real draw.
If you make an investment in DDR4, it will entail your motherboard upgrade, because you will require a new chipset. The upcoming X99 chipset of Intel is going to support DDR4 memory together with a new edition of its Haswell-E CPU. And, it is exactly why power user segment will reckon spending thousands of dollars for Intel’s greatest processor.
If these things don’t go in line with you, you not at all have to be concerned about seeing a big upgrade anytime soon, or even delaying your next PC purchase until DDR4 supported models come out.
What can be concluded here?
Now, to sum it up, by means of DDR4, you get enhanced performance- around 50 percent higher than DDR3, greater power consumption- about 40 percent lower than DDR3, and greater data rates- around 2400 MT/s at release. In addition, you will avail faster burst accesses, augmented data signal integrity, and better capacity memory subsystem, with about 8-die stacking. Finally, you will be able to experience early fault detection and improved system reliability by means of JTAG.
Don’t forget DDR4’s price in the initial phase at least.
Time to decide! Will you buy DDR4? Share what you think now.