Asus ROG Z690 Motherboards Will Only Support DDR5, DDR4 For Other Models

therealjustin

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Yep, I think only the most premium boards will be DDR5 only, with several others offering DDR4 variants.
 
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My guess is that you're all going to want DDR5 as soon as the first XMP-rated kits hit the market with higher voltage ratings than standard.
 

kirbyrj

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My guess is that you're all going to want DDR5 as soon as the first XMP-rated kits hit the market with higher voltage ratings than standard.

My guess is that you're all not going to want to pay the price for for said RAM. (see also every subsequent DDR release in the past 15 years).

Especially since (historically), early revision sticks aren't going to be speed demons and will likely have less raw performance in some areas than higher end DDR4 once you factor in the latency. There's always been an early adopter tax with new revision DDR memory. I see no reason this is going to change with DDR5. Waiting it out 6 months to a year (second gen DDR5 platforms) isn't a terrible idea.
 
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My guess is that you're all not going to want to pay the price for for said RAM. (see also every subsequent DDR release in the past 15 years).

Especially since (historically), early revision sticks aren't going to be speed demons and will likely have less raw performance in some areas than higher end DDR4 once you factor in the latency. There's always been an early adopter tax with new revision DDR memory. I see no reason this is going to change with DDR5. Waiting it out 6 months to a year (second gen DDR5 platforms) isn't a terrible idea.

If that ends up being the case, I would hold off on the upgrade altogether. It doesn't make sense to me to wait for ADL and then buy a mobo that locks you into DDR4.
 

kirbyrj

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If that ends up being the case, I would hold off on the upgrade altogether. It doesn't make sense to me to wait for ADL and then buy a mobo that locks you into DDR4.

Depends on how long you keep it I would think. It usually takes about 2 years for new DDR pricing to stabilize and binned ICCs to show up in greater numbers. Very well could be the whole ADL generation. If you want the latest and greatest Intel setup right away and have some DDR4 4000+ memory sitting around anyway, it might be worth it. Plus, not everyone buys the highest SKU. A 12400 or 12600 non-k would probably be indistinguishable with DDR4 vs. DDR5.
 
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