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Is it time to leave DDR4 behind? Next-gen speeds are calling.

Crucial DDR5 Memory

Last updated 20 February 2023

DDR5 (Double Data Rate 5) is the latest iteration of computer memory technology, succeeding DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4). Compared to its predecessor, DDR5 offers improved speed, higher capacity, greater power efficiency, and more reliable error correction. As a result of these improvements, DDR5 was highly anticipated by computer enthusiasts and professionals alike, as it delivers faster and more efficient computing performance. DDR5 memory enables you to unlock the full potential of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors or systems. If you are considering upgrading to DDR5 memory, understanding the key differences between DDR5 and DDR4 memory is essential.

What is the difference between DDR5 and DDR4?

Crucial DDR4 & DDR5 Differences

Next-gen CPUs need DDR5 RAM

Crucial DDR5 is the latest groundbreaking technology that is engineered to handle the skyrocketing processing demands of next-gen desktops & laptops, taking a giant leap forward in speed and performance from the previous generation.

Crucial DDR5 DRAM allows for seamless multitasking, loading, analyzing, editing and rendering even heavy workloads faster — all with higher frame rates, significantly less lag and optimized power efficiency compared to DDR4.

DDR5 Benefits

Is Crucial DDR5 desktop memory compatible with Intel® XMP 3.0 or AMD EXPO™?

Intel XMP 3.0® and AMD EXPO™ support is provided for Crucial DDR5 desktop memory. This allows users to easily recover rated JEDEC performance for any CPUs that suppress memory speed. This performance recovery is not guaranteed on all DDR5 systems, as it is highly dependent on the CPU and motherboard tiers, as well as BIOS stability.

The Crucial DDR5 range is compatible with AMD Ryzen 7000 Series and 13th Generation Intel Core systems. If you want to find out what is compatible with your various systems, the Crucial Memory & Storage Selector helps you find the right part, or speak to our team or memory experts at Simms. 


To harness second-gen DDR5 performance right out of the box, the experts at Simms are ready to help you take you to the new era of computing innovation.