Is DDR4 RAM Worth an Upgrade?
DDR4 RAM arrived in 2014 with the release of Intel’s Haswell-E, but it’s only in 2015 that we will start to see the new memory become a standard market-wise. The new format is relatively very young and undeveloped, so it’s good consider whether spending the money for an upgrade is currently worth it.
Unlike many aspects of the technology world, RAM usually lasts a while before a new version is fit enough to replace the industry standard. DDR3 RAM has been in use for over seven years now, and DDR4 is going to need a bit of warm up period before it finally takes over.
DDR4’s improvements over DDR3 are as follows:
- lower operating voltage
- incraesed power saving enhancements
- increased frequency
- improved chip density
DDR4 is now running at speeds of 3200MHz, whereas DDR3 tops out at about 2133MHz. Increased chip density means that just one stick of RAM will eventually hold up to 16GB of memory, and we will be seeing setups as large as 64GB.
Even though these improvents will eventually make DDR3 memory obsolete, at the moment the benefits of upgrading to DDR4 are minimal; the tech just isn’t polished enough, and DDR4 still runs at nearly the same bandwidth as DDR3. Combined with the fact that DDR4 is going to cost you considerably more, it’s safe to say the upgrade is just not worth it as this time.
Once the bandwitdth of DDR4 stablizes, we will see DDR3 start to fade out into the background, but for now you can stick with your current setup and not fret over losing performance.