DDR5 Announcement

DDR5 | COMING 2018

Last month I finally upgraded my PC to DDR4 RAM from the DRR3 it has been using since I can remember.

Then I saw a headline in an online forum that said DDR5 is primed for release in 2018!

Naturally, curiosity got the best of me and I had to dive in head first to learn more. Here is what I found.

JEDEC will be demoing the DDR5 memory in the next coming months.

For ever half a century, JEDEC has been the leader in developing open standards for the micro-electronics industry.

According to the tech innovator, DRR5 standard will be sampled in June 2018 with completing the standard by end of the year.

The mere idea of the DDR5 standard is creating waves of intrigued among many as it promises to double the memory bandwidth and density of DDR4.

DDR5 also guarantees an increase in power-efficiency although no specs have been released as of yet.


Unfortunately, much like when DDR4 was announced in 2012, it will be a few years before any of us have DRR5 memory available for upgrading our PCs.

The delay is mainly due to the fact that memory controllers in processors and integrated circuits (SoCs) require updates to support DDR5.

The chips typically take around two to three years to develop. DDR4 was finished in 2012 but didn’t begin to become common in mainstream systems until 2015 when Intel and other consumer processors added support.

DDR5 has no association with GDDR5 that was released in 2008. The ten-year-old GDDR5 memory standard is used for graphics cards and gaming consoles.  

What the Future of RAM Holds

So, what lies ahead for the future of RAM?

I’m dreading the day I finally update my PC to DDR5 and read another headline announcing the release of DDR6.

All I know for sure is that RAM isn’t going anywhere. Not anytime soon anyways.

But if you do look ahead, there is potential for a memory-free future.

Intel is developing its Optane drives in an attempt to combine the capacity, density, and stability of SSD.

The speed of Intel’s Optane drive is getting close to that of the speed of RAM with ten times the latency.

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As computing technology continues to advance, it may eventually eliminate the need for separate bands of RAM altogether, generating the ultimate swing in the way that processing devices work.

Arch Missions Foundation’s so-called Superman memory crystal may be on to something. Until then, I’ll continue to update my Ram and keep an eye out for the headlines.

Upgrading RAM

Upgrading Your RAM

…The Right Way

So, your PC isn’t exactly operating with the speeds you would like it to.

Let’s cut to the chase, it’s time for an upgrade.

Not necessarily an upgrade to the entire system, but an upgrade to the RAM within your machine.

Not sure where to start?

Follow our simple step by step process of upgrading your RAM… the right way.

First Things First.

There is a HUGE difference between desktop memory and laptop memory.

They’re NOT interchangeable!

This is the first step to the upgrade, selecting the right type of RAM.

The two factors that will influence the type of RAM you choose are the motherboard and the operating system.

The motherboard has a limited number of slots to plug the RAM into.

The operating system has limits on the amount of RAM you can use.

We will address both of these separately.

The Motherboard

Your computer’s motherboard will regulate the amount of RAM that can be installed.

Simply put, the motherboard has a limited number of slots that the memory can be plugged into.

The slots, otherwise known as dual in-line memory (DIMM) slots, are different from laptop memory slots.

Laptop motherboards and RAM use SO-DIMM.

Many older computers also use single in-line memory modules (SIMM).

Refer to your computer’s user manual to determine the amount of RAM your motherboard can handle.  

The motherboard also establishes what kind of RAM you should chose. Most PCs use the following types of RAM:

  • DDR2 SDRAM(double data rate synchronous dynamic random-access memory) –Found in computers made before 2007.
  • DDR3 SDRAM(double data rate type three synchronous dynamic random-access memory) – Found in computers made after 2007.
  • DDR4 SDRAM(double data rate fourth generation synchronous dynamic random-access memory) – The newest generation of RAM that is found in the latest PC builds.

The Operating System


The operating system that your computer runs has a direct affect on the RAM that you can use.

The OS has an influence on the amount of RAM that your computer uses.

For example, the maximum amount of RAM that a PC running a 32-bit Windows 7 operating system can use is 4GB.

Other Windows 7 RAM limitations include:

  • Windows 7 Home Basic: 8 GB
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: 16 GB
  • Windows 7 Professional: 192 GB
  • Enterprise: 192 GB
  • Ultimate: 192 GB
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The maximum amount of RAM that a PC running a 32-bit Windows 8.1 operating system can use is 512GB.

Other Windows 8 RAM limitations include:

  • Windows 8.1: 128 GB
  • Windows 8.1 Professional: 512 GB
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise: 512 GB

The maximum amount of RAM that a PC running a Windows 10 operating system can use is 2TB.

  • Windows 10 Enterprise: 2TB
  • Windows 10 Education: 2TB
  • Windows 10 Pro: 2TB
  • Windows 10 Home: 128GB

Other RAM Specifications


The memory speed is measured in MHz.

If you’re measuring your computer’s performance speed will be noticeable.

Otherwise you probably won’t notice the difference between an 1866 MHz memory module and a 1333 MHz memory module.

Measuring performance speed is more important for server workstations that handle larger computing loads.


Timing, also known as latency, is represented by four numbers separated by dashes.

A rule of thumb is the lower numbers correspond with better performance.

Multi-Channel Kits

Some motherboards support multi-channel memory.

A multi-channel memory kit enhances performance.

In order to accommodate these kits, RAM can be bought on a system specific basis.

beginners guide to computer memory

A Beginners Guide to Computer Memory

A Beginners Guide to Computer Memory

We’ve all experienced the frustration that comes with working on a computer so slow that it seems like it takes a lifetime just to get any work done. 

We may even begin to describe the connection speed with words we wouldn’t dare use if our grandmothers were in the room with us. 

However, the blame may solely land on the computer’s memory and its capacity to execute the commands it is given.

Even most novices are aware that upgrading the computer’s memory usually enhances its performance, but have you ever wondered why? 

Before we explain why it makes such a drastic difference, let’s understand the role computer memory plays in the not-so-complicated system.

Memory Simply Explained

Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting at one of those tiny desks in your high school classroom. 

You know, the desks that had the one arm rest and the wire basket attached to the bottom of the uncomfortable plastic chair.

Your teacher approaches you and asks you to sort a stack of colored papers. 

The papers are an assortment of red, green, blue, and yellow. 

You start to sort the papers but soon realize the small desk you are at will only give you enough room to sort one color at a time.

Now if you were sitting at a much larger desk, like the teacher’s desk with the big chair, you would be able to sort all of the colored papers at the same time, decreasing the amount of time it takes to sort them.

Assume a computer’s memory is its desk. With more memory, a computer will have more room, resulting in more things being done at once.

In principle, each time an application is opened the computer has to load the application program as well as the data file to be edited. 

The more memory the computer has, the more work it can do at one time; increasing speed and performance.

Memory or RAM (Random Access Memory) as it is more commonly referred to is the computer’s form of short-term memory. 

A computer’s RAM can be accessed without even touching the hard drive, which is why it has a direct correlation the speed and performance of the machine.

In a nut shell, RAM is what allows the computer to run faster and smoother. 

Especially when you are trying to use several different programs and applications at the same time.

Why Upgrade RAM?

Remember how earlier in the article we talked about cursing the computer because of its lagging performance? 

Well that’s why you might want to consider upgrading the RAM. 

Upgrading the computer’s RAM is all based on your preference of speed and performance. 

If you want your computer to perform at a high level, then upgrade it.

A great way to check a computer’s performance and available RAM is by using the Window’s Task Manager application. 

Open the Window’s Task Manager application and select the performance tab. 

The box labeled Memory (MB) will display the amount of RAM being used at that specific time.

A good but unwritten rule is that if the computer’s available memory is less than 25 percent of its total memory, then you might want to upgrade it.  

Upgrading the RAM will deliver a visible performance boost in your favor.

windows task manager

How Much RAM is Enough RAM?

Now that you’ve decided (or still on the fence) to upgrade your computer’s memory, how much RAM you actually need depends on what you intend to use the machine for. 

Are you going to continue using it for the same purpose as before, or do your future intentions include running multiple applications simultaneously?

Also, other factors to consider are how long you plan on keeping the computer and if your system even allows post-purchase user upgrades. 

If you only plan on keeping it for a short time before replacing the entire system with a newer model then why waste the time and money on the upgrade? 

Keep in mind that the average PC becomes obsolete after only 3 to 5 years after its manufacture date.

Do some research before taking apart the body of your computer too. Some systems don’t allow post-purchase user upgrades. 

The reason some laptop manufacturers have stopped allowing memory upgrades after they’re purchased is to reduce the thickness of the body.

Adding more memory to a laptop usually only increases power consumption by a small amount, which shouldn’t be a problem for most consumers. 

It’s also better to have a bit too much memory than too little.

Apple’s MacBook Air has 4GB of RAM, whereas a majority of the systems from Dell, HP, and others start at 8GB. 

Any user can easily get by on 4GB, but 8GB gives you a bit more “desk space” to get the job done more efficiently.

A moderate computing system today can get by with 4GB of RAM with no problem. 

8GB of RAM should be more than enough for current and future applications. 

16GB of RAM gives users a comfortable amount space for the future. 

Any amount of RAM over 16GB is most likely going to be too much unless a task specifically needs it. 

Tasks that might require a large amount of RAM would be thing like video editing or audio production.

What Do I Do With My Used RAM After I Upgrade My System?

So, you’ve decided to take the leap and upgrade your computer’s RAM. 


I hope the increased performance is all you’d hoped it would be. 

But now you have these used memory sticks just laying around and don’t know what to do with them.

First things first, DO NOT throw them away. 

The chemicals that are used to produce the RAM can be extremely toxic to the environment. 

Do what any good business man would do, sell them. RAM holds its value long after their original systems retirement.

We Buy Used Memory can help you or your organization receive fair market value for your used RAM all while keeping it out of the local landfills.  

Contact one of our IT experts today and they’ll walk you through our simple, no hassle process of getting the most for your used equipment. 

You’ll be happy you did.

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