With DDR4-4600 Do You Even Need DDR5?

Source: TechPowerUp With DDR4-4600 Do You Even Need DDR5?

Neo Forza Faye DDR4-4600 For Fast Bebops

One solution to the quandary facing those considering an upgrade to Alder Lake the moment they can find it in stock.  Instead of first generation DDR5 with rather loose timings, how about some seriously high frequency DDR4?  Neo Forza is certainly hoping you might be thinking along those lines and hope their Faye DDR4-4600 might be your answer.

The timings of 19-26-26-46 blow away the timings we see on DDR5 and even if it lacks some of the new features DDR5 brings to the table.  The price of just over $200 for the 32GB kit is also a solid argument for opting for this solution.  Of course, the performance is the most important consideration when all other things are equal.

To that end TechPowerUp tested it out, albeit on a pair of Z590 boards as they wanted to contrast it to AMD’s current hardware instead of performing an Intel only review.  The results are very similar to the DDR4 versus DDR5 review posted just before this one.  There is little to no real world performance difference between any of the tested DIMMs of any frequency.  There will be certain scenarios where the extra bandwidth will prove worth the cost but as it stands the difference between more common DDR4 frequencies, high frequency DDR4 and DDR5 is hard to see under a microscope, let alone when using your PC.

Are you ready for a challenge? Neo Forza has released a dual-rank kit that is pushing the limits of what is possible with DDR4. If you want the best DDR4 has to offer, come check out the overclocking results and see if you have what it takes to run these in your system!

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