In recent news, this ArsTechnica articlereports that Intel has plans to make the Xeon Haswell-EX processor compatible with DDR4 SDRam, the next generation memory module, in 2014. Many have not yet heard of the astounding benefits of this type of memory module. Servers as well as notebooks will benefit enormously from DDR4 components for several reasons. Despite the fact that computers are unlikely to begin using these chips until 2014, there are ways to amp up servers, laptops, and even desktops right now. Lets begin by examining the powerful new features that will be available in 2014.
DDR4 Memory with lower power requirements and faster clock speed
DDR4 SDRAM, an abbreviation for double data rate type four synchronous dynamic random-access memory, is the most advanced memory module on the market, offering power requirements of 1.2 Volts or less, and at least 2.13 Billion data transfers per second. Wikipedia indicates it will offer a much higher bandwidth, up to two times faster than the fastest available ram on the market today. Another powerful feature is that this component requires twenty percent less voltage, and due to other technical improvements, will save up to fourty percent of the power requirements placed on computers today. Another twist is that the DDR4 standard abandons the DIMM approach for a point-to-point topology, so each memory channel is connected to its own module rather than connecting to multiple modules. All of these features add up to one thing, screaming fast speed.
2014 PC’s will have faster start/Load Speeds And Lower Power Demands
Servers, as well as notebooks and desktops, will be endowed with huge performance gains. Because the power requirements are lower for DDR4 components, huge power savings will be gained; longer battery life for notebooks, and less power consumption for server and data farms. With the new bandwidth offered, next generation computers will be able to load files, execute programs, edit video and audio, and even start up much more quickly than today’s models. Finally, because of the new topology, manufacturers that use multiple memory modules currently, will be able to use only one module of DDR4, helping to bring down cost. Several other benefits abound, but how can some of these benefits be enjoyed today?
Performance Improvement Roadmap
There are several things users can do right now to enjoy increased performance in existing equipment. For increased hard disk performance, windows users can defragment their drives, mac users can use “Disk Utility” to “repair permissions.” For a faster start up time, users can use msconfig (the Microsoft Configuration utility) in windows, or system preferences on mac, to prevent any unnecessary software from starting at boot. Finally, upgrading the system memory can lead to a huge performance bump; with upgraded memory, hard drive usage goes down, multitasking becomes easier, and power usage drops because resources are conserved in favor of ram. By implementing these three steps, modern equipment can perform as if it were futuristic equipment.
2014 Brings Awesome Tech
In considering the incredible benefits of DDR4 SDRam, several awesome changes are in the pipeline. Next generation tech will see faster loading and start up times, lower power requirements, and quicker processing speeds. That being said, DDR3 Memory is still the most powerful on the market. If you want to upgrade your system to DDR3, or want to install faster DIMMs, SMS Memory buys Memory, and has DDR3 in stock now.