Which Intel Generation Support DDR4?


We often get asked ‘Which Intel Generation Support DDR4?’. At the time of writing this article, DDR4s are supported on:

  • 12th Generation Intel Core Desktop and Laptop Processors
  • 11th Generation Intel Core Desktop and Laptop Processors
  • 10th Generation Intel Core Desktop and Laptop Processors
  • 9th Generation Intel Core Desktop and Laptop Processors
  • 8th Generation Intel Core Desktop and Laptop Processors
  • 7th Generation Intel Core Desktop and Laptop Processors
  • 6th Generation Intel Core Laptop Processors

You can read more information from Intel’s website.

Important facts about DDR4

DDR4 memory is the successor to DDR3 memory. It was first seen on high-end servers in 2009, and was released to consumer markets in 2012. Compared to DDR3 it operates at higher voltage, but has faster transfer rates of up to 3200 Mbit/s (PC4-25600), double that of DDR3’s maximum of 1600 Mbit/s (PC3-12800).

DDR4 modules are not backward compatible with DDR3 motherboards due to differences in their pin count, although some are designed as “dual channel” modules that allow for two single-sided RDIMMs to be used together as one “double-sided” module – this allows for greater potential RAM capacity, at the expense of potentially reduced performance, depending on motherboard chipset.

DDR4 was the natural successor to DDR3 with rising power consumption due to higher number of transistors in each cell shrinking at 22nm lithography node. The increased power demand led to new cooling methods that were not possible under DDR3 without active-cooling heatspreaders that are now required to dissipate the additional heat.

New advancements include dual-channel DDR4 modules capable of up to 2400444 Mbit/s (PC4-19200) transfer rates with motherboards supporting 20 or more RAM slots ground for support of high-density Ram configurations. This allows for memory density as high as 128 GB per stick while still using 288 pins per module – a reduction from the 260 pins required by DDR3 modules.

Industry-standard DDR4 SDRAM DIMM memory modules and associated technologies are the next generation of system memory with smart selection of components offering greater performance, higher densities, improved reliability, reduced power consumption and increased module capacities.This allows for a marked improvement over DDR3 technology in active power usage, clock speeds and signal integrity.

DDR4 based on the new low voltage swing terminated logic (LVSTTL) 1.2V standard to allow greater compatibility with the latest I/O controllers and other devices that use capacitors that can be charged or discharged only a limited number of times before wearing out. DDR4 will enable designers to reduce standby current as well as achieve energy savings of up to 40% compared with DDR3.

DDR4 increases throughput by doubling the bus speed from 2133MHz for a clock rate of 4266MT/s and bandwidth of 17GB/s; while lowering power consumption through advanced 30nm technology, enabling higher densities and increased reliability.

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