Technically Speaking: What DDR4 Memory Means For Computing

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More, Wider Memory

While DDR3 supported DIMM sizes between 512 MB and 8 GB in as many as eight banks, DDR4 quadruples memory top-end by doubling the module maximum to 16 GB (with a 2-GB minimum) in as many as 16 banks. That's math we can handle. What's more, DDR4 can arrange memory banks into as many as four groups, providing faster burst access to memory and separate read, write, activation and refresh operations for each group.

Incidentally, memory speeds of DDR4 will start at 1,600MHz and balloon to 3,200MHz. DDR3 mobiles are available mostly at frequencies between 800MHz and 1,600MHz, although the spec supports 1,866MHz and 2,133MHz memory, according to a comparison chart published by memory maker Micron.

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