first_imgIf the launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors has spurred you on to build a new system, then you can certainly build a beast of a machine pairing a 3770K chip with Nvidia’s new GTX 690 and a fast SSD. But what about RAM?The fastest you can get today is quad channel DDR3 modules running at speeds of up to 2133MT/s (megatransfers per second). Of course, that’s set to become redundant as soon as DDR4 modules appear on the market, and that day is drawing ever closer.Micron announced this week it has a working DDR4 module, and it promises to help push your system performance that little bit further while saving on that all important battery life for laptops. The memory module uses Micron’s 30nm manufacturing process and will ship at speeds no less than 2400MT/s. To put that in context, a typical DDR3 module runs at anywhere between 800-2133MT/s, with only performance modules getting you near the top end of that limit. 2400MT/s is the bottom ends for DDR4, with the JEDEC spec allowing for 3200MT/s.The other benefit DDR4 brings is a lower voltage (1.05-1.2V instead of the 1.2-1.5V of DDR3) and lower overall power use (40% saving) due to the move to a 30nm process. Multiple channels (dual, triple, quad) have also been dropped in favor of point-to-point, which connects each memory controller channel to a single module.There’s still a while to go before DDR4 memory ships, though. Micron is hoping to send out samples in the fourth quarter of 2012 and then start shipping the modules at some point next year. It will also require motherboard manufacturers to start supporting the new memory, which in turns means enthusiasts having to pay out for a new board and memory.Micron isn’t the first to announce a working DDR4 module. Samsung beat them by over a year, and is now working with JEDEC to help standardize the tech.Read more at Micron, via Engadgetlast_img read more