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The full transition to DDR5 has been postponed. Even Intel Core 13 (Raptor Lake) processors will be DDR4 compatible


Rumor has it that the Alder Lake platform will be a transitional memory platform, that is, it will provide support for both DDR4 and DDR5, but from the next generation Intel’s consumer desktop platforms will be designed exclusively for DDR5. But, according to new data, nothing will change in the next generation of Intel processors – Intel Core 13 will support both DDR4 and DDR5, just like the current Alder Lake.

What does this mean? First, this is further evidence that Raptor Lake will retain the current LGA1700 socket and will be compatible with all Alder Lake chipsets – the current Z690, as well as the upcoming H670, B660 and G610. Secondly, Raptor Lake will no longer be as revolutionary as Alder Lake. In fact, by offering twice as many small cores (Gracemont or E-cores), they will only be an update to the current Core 12 platform and nothing more.

It turns out that even now it makes sense to buy DDR4 instead of the much more expensive DDR5, because this memory can be used with the next Intel platform, which is expected to debut at the end of 2022.

Data that support for DDR4 memory will remain in Raptor Lake, was shared by an analyst known on Twitter under the nickname Moor’s Law Is Dead. He is a well-informed person in the affairs of the industry. For example, back in June, he predicted the release of six Alder Lake processors (K and KF lines) this year along with the Intel Z690 chipset, and also correctly indicated the cost of the Radeon RX 6700 XT before its official premiere.

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