What is DDR4 memory?
DDR4 stands for double data rate fourth generation, which is the most recent version of dynamic random access memory (DRAM).
However, we must first comprehend Ram.
- What is Ram?
Ram stands for random access memory and is the short-term storage component (or memory) of a computer. It holds all the data you’re currently using, from the website you’re looking at to the movement of the mouse from one side of the screen to the other.
Guts, Glory, Ram. Why should you care so much about Ram? Ram is essentially the core of your computer. It can be considered just as important as your processor, or hard drive. With the right amount of Ram on your computer, the performance of your PC and the ability to support various types of software are optimized.
- Different types of Ram
- DRAM or Dynamic Ram
- DDR (double data rate)
Benefits of DDR4 RAM
1. Increased speed
Essentially, DDR4 brings two major upgrades over previous variants of Ram. Firstly, power. DDR4 generates around 2133 MT/s (million transfers per second), doubling its output over DDR3 (1066 MT/s) and multiplying its power more than five times over that of DDR2 (400 MT/s).
What does this mean to us and our power-reliant programmes? Well, any device kitted out with DDR4 memory is more capable of handling data-intensive tasks, a problem of increased pertinence as software development progresses. Similarly, application loading times will be greatly reduced and the system housing DDR4 memory will be more responsive.
2. Increased capacity
One final advancement of note in DDR4 is capacity. DDR4 squeezes considerably more performance out of each individual component, with no increase in actual size. Smaller dies on the circuitry allow more gigabits to be crammed onto each component. A higher density circuit, in turn, allows for an increased amount of Ram capacity in PCs, further aiding performance.
Where will I find DDR4?
DDR4 memory is approaching its four-year anniversary as a consumer product. It can now be found in pre-built desktop PCs, laptops, and mobile devices and is the Ram of course for bespoke PC builders. That is until DDR5 comes along.