It seems like the days when only workstation and server platforms could access large quantities of memory belong back in the age of steam-driven looms.
The latest consumer chips – like the market leading 13th Generation Raptor CPU – come with native support for up to 192GB of memory on a four-slot Intel 600-series or 700-series motherboard.
This enables faster rendering, smoother multitasking, and the ability to work with larger project files without slowdowns – great news for all types of professional users with real world budget restrictions, including content creators, programmers and developers, multitaskers and power users and data analysts and scientists.
Improved dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) is achievable thanks to the introduction of 24Gb dies, delivering a 50% uptick in capacity, compared with the original 16Gb dies. The new 24Gb dies allow vendors to produce 24GB and 48GB memory modules.
This is a game-changing advance since, even when limited to only two slots, users can still increase memory in their machines significantly. Even budget motherboards can achieve 96GB of memory – something that wasn’t possible before DDR5.
This means, the maximum capacity grows to 192GB on mainstream motherboards with four memory slots and up to 768GB on workstation offerings with 16 memory slots, such as the SuperMicro X13SWA-TF motherboard that debuted with Intel’s recently announced Xeon W Sapphire Rapids processors.
VRAM is also benefiting from larger dies as announced by Samsung, that it had developed a 24GB Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) chip.
Adopting third-generation, 10-nanometer technology, and boasting a data processing speed more than 30% faster than existing products, the new chip can process graphic images at a rate of up to 1.1 terabytes-per-second.
According to the company, this makes it the world’s fastest chip, with enough processing power to screen 275 full HD movies in one second.
As the new chip meets the JEDEC industry standards, artificial intelligence and graphics companies are likely to adopt the new chip.
All of this is of great benefit, beyond the gaming world, to anyone in need of increased RAM, including professionals working with resource-intensive software such as video editors, 3D designers, and graphic artists.
Developers working on complex projects or running multiple software development tools simultaneously can benefit as it allows for faster compilation, smoother code debugging, and running virtual machines or emulators without performance bottlenecks.
Multitaskers and power users, who have multiple applications running simultaneously, such as web browsers with numerous tabs, productivity tools, media players, and virtual meeting software, can also benefit from increased RAM. It enables seamless multitasking and prevents system slowdowns when switching between applications.
In addition, data analysts and scientists working with large datasets, statistical analysis, data modelling, or running resource-intensive simulations can take advantage of the advancements.
Increased memory capacity allows for faster data processing, reduced disk swapping, and improved performance in data-intensive tasks.
Last but not least, virtual machine users running virtualisation software to create and manage virtual machines will see huge advantages. Each virtual machine requires a portion of the system’s memory, and more RAM allows for running multiple virtual machines simultaneously or allocating larger memory resources to each virtual machine.
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