AMD Launches Intel-Only DDR4 Memory Modules
Say you were an AMD fan, a purist who opts for all things AMD whether it’s a GPU, CPU or a motherboard with AMD chipset. Well looks like you are out of luck because AMD’s chipset technology just can’t keep up with Intel. So much so that the tech giant’s foray into DDR4 RAM has them releasing the memory modules that will only work on Intel Z170 chipsets and not their own.
These new AMD Radeon R7 DDR4 memory modules have dual channel 8GB memory kits running at 2133MHz or 2400MHz with CL15 timing which is pretty good for casual users, though not so much for enthusiasts who would still be better off with companies such as Corsair.
It’s still unclear whether the modules will support Intel’s XMP (extreme memory profile) technology for that extra performance boost. If they don’t, these DDR4 DIMMs would be pretty much useless for Z170 chipset owners since right now the only platforms capable of DDR4 are Skylake and Haswell-E while more will be added in the future.
Intel has announced a vast portfolio of Skylake-based CPUs, ranging from the desktop, locked “T” models to the low-power “Y” and “H” ones, all working with DDR4.
AMD’s new DDR4 Radeon memory modules will have cross-chipset compatibility between Skylake users and future “Bristol Ridge” and “Summit Ridge” processors with “Excavator” and “Zen” cores that will also support DDR4 using the upcoming AM4 form factor. Though judging by things, by the time “Zen” is out, DDR4 memory will be a common occurrence and probably cheap as well.
Existing AMD APUs support only DDR3 memory modules which maybe a letdown for benchmarkers and enthusiasts.
The Radeon R7 DDR4 memory modules are currently available in select stores in Germany and are not featured on AMD’s official website.