Chinese memory maker Netac received its first batch of DDR5 modules from Micron, and the company announced Thursday that it was reaching the limits of the modules. IT Home reports that Netac has the modules in its R&D department and is currently overclocking them to reach an incredibly fast speed: 10,000 MHz.
Most DDR4 modules hit the 3,200 MHz mark, while high-end DDR4 kits can go above 6,000 MHz. However, that's just over half the speed Netac is aiming for. The company is currently testing DDR5 modules for overclocking and manually adjusting voltages and timings to achieve the desired speed. You probably shouldn't expect 10,000 MHz RAM to be on the shelf anytime soon (if at all). If anything, the stunt offers a glimpse of how fast DDR5 can be when it comes down to it in consumer machines.
Netac is reportedly aiming for 10,000 MHz, but it's not clear if that's true speed or just a formal brand. DDR modules work at half the nominal speed, so a DDR4 module with a nominal speed of 4,800 MT / s (mega transfers per second) works at 2,400 MHz. However, it has twice the data rate (DDR actually stands for "double data rate"), which means that the module is effectively working at 4,800 MHz. Micron DDR5 modules are only validated up to 6,400 MT / s, so Netac has to push them pretty hard.
Regardless, DDR5 alone should give a huge boost to consumer machines, and it's closer than you might think. Leaks suggest that AMD is rolling out DDR5 on its desktop platform as early as 2022, and Intel is bringing the new generation to desktops this year. Even at well below 10,000 MHz, the cheapest DDR5 kits should work just as fast as the fastest DDR4 kits. In addition, DDR5 modules should be able to operate at these speeds with tight timings and low voltages in order to maintain system stability.
We don't know when or if Netac will hit 10,000 MHz on DDR5, but it's probably not the last memory manufacturer to perform such a stunt.