Do you like RAM? Do you like really fast RAM? Do you like large amounts of memory in your RAM? Samsung just teased (via Tom’s Hardware) some ridiculous 512GB DDR5 RAM modules at the Hot Chips 33 event, and this RAM is almost twice as powerful as DDR4.
Samsung’s New DDR5-7200 DDR5 RAM
This new DDR5-7200 RAM module promises to offer up to 40% more than DDR4, mixed with double capacity and lower voltage. Of course, you already know how important RAM is to the speed of your computer, so the idea of 512GB in a single stick with all the other benefits offered by the new DDR5 technology sounds like something that’ll have computer users drooling.
The reason Samsung can cram so much memory into a single RAM module is that it’s relying on eight-stacked DDR5 dies. DDR4 is limited to four dies, even in the best, most powerful modules on the market.
Don’t let stacking eight dies worry you, though, because this memory is actually thinner than comparable DDR4 modules, coming in at 1.0mm thick, a whole 0.2mm thinner. This is because Samsung used a new thin wafer handling technique that allowed it to reduce the gaps between dies by 40%, reducing the thickness.
An additional benefit of the new RAM comes to voltage—Samsung says it’ll use .1V, which is less than DDR4. That means that even though the RAM has more memory and power, it’ll consume less energy. Samsung says that the processes used to reduce voltage also reduced noise, which is a welcomed improvement.
Can You Get This in Your PC?
Sadly, Samsung isn’t making this gargantuan RAM module for regular PCs (at least not for now). Instead, it’s aimed at servers and data centers. With that said, DDR5 memory is coming shortly for consumers, so more memory and the other DDR5 benefits will come to regular users soon enough. It won’t be 512GB, but we could see larger than what’s currently available with DDR4 RAM.