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Memory maker teases DDR5-10000 RAM and we're practically salivating at the thought

Micron DDR5 modules on a stick of RAM with blue PCB (render)
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Even the basic DDR5 specification is faster than all but the best DDR4 kits (opens in new tab), at around 4,800MHz, but that may not be anywhere close to its full potential. Netac (opens in new tab), a Chinese memory manufacturer, is aiming much, much higher with its experimental 'ultra high frequency' kits. How does a DDR5-10000 kit sound to you?

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Netac is aiming for a 10,000MHz (effective) memory kit with DDR5 memory (via ITHome (opens in new tab), El Chapuzas Informatico (opens in new tab)), although it's got a long way to go yet. The company says it just received its first batch of DDR5 DRAM from Micron, a batch of MT60B2G8HB-48B ES:A RAM. That part number appears to correspond to DRAM DDR5 16Gb kits.

Micron's DDR5 DRAM (opens in new tab) is officially rated between 3200–6400MT/s, between 1.1 and 1.8V, and is available with up to 64Gb per chip. That's potentially a whole lot of memory per DIMM.

Samsung has managed to stuff 512GB of DDR5 DRAM onto a single stick of RAM (opens in new tab). That's SSD-sized system memory—makes even 32GB of DDR4 look paltry by comparison.

Netac will need to push Micron's quite a distance to tip it over 10,000 MT/s (10,000MHz effective), which will likely necessitate some very loose timings and high voltages to achieve. It's certainly not impossible, however. DDR4 is able to reach speeds more than double its 'stock' speed nowadays. 

Memory kit manufacturers will all be looking to push DDR5 memory to the limit with every new memory kit, and I suspect the race will be on to hit a DDR5-10000 kit just for the acclaim. Memory manufacturers—namely Micron, Samsung, and SK Hynix—will also want to be the chip of choice for high-performance RAM kits, such as Samsung's infamous B-die DDR4, and will undoubtedly offer more performant chips as time goes on.

For gaming workloads, you'll want tighter timings and a solid relationship between memory speed and memory controller, which is found on your CPU. None of today's chips from AMD or Intel will be suitable, either. AMD's first DDR5 compatible chip will arrive with the Zen 4 architecture, expected to arrive in 2022, and Intel has confirmed both DDR5 and DDR4 memory support will come onboard its Intel Alder Lake (opens in new tab) processors later this year.

Jacob Ridley
Jacob Ridley

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.