Intel wants to speed up the introduction of DDR5 RAM in today’s computers – to that end, the company is negotiating with motherboard manufacturers to ensure that new models with the 700 family of chipsets will not be able to install DDR4 chips.
Although DDR5 memory has been available on the market for some time, and their capabilities can be used in conjunction with 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors, due to supply shortages and their high price, many decide to build new PCs using DDR4 chips.
However, it seems that Intel intends to speed up the process of market adaptation of the new memory standard – there are reports that Intel has begun negotiations with motherboard manufacturers to refuse to install DDR4 chips in future models using the 700-series chipsets.
This means that at least some companies that are preparing motherboards for Intel’s upcoming 13th generation processors, codenamed Raptor Lake, may decide to remove DDR4 memory slots.
The argument for eliminating the old memory standard is that the lower bandwidth of DDR4 memory can limit performance in some scenarios (especially gaming). Interestingly, it is almost certain that Intel’s Raptor Lake processors will continue to support motherboards on the 600 series chipset where DDR4 memory slots are common.