Intel’s X99 chipset along with the Haswell-E refresh won’t be arriving until September, but you can already buy DDR4 sticks from one vendor in Japan.
The DRAM standard is finally getting a long overdue refresh, and the first motherboards and processors that support the protocol will be appearing in the fall. As VR-Zone has previously reported, Intel will be first with a platform that supports DDR4 with its X99 chipset.
For those who really want to get their hands on a (currently unusable) DDR4 stick, a computer store in Japan has already began selling the modules in 16 and 32 GB variants for approximately $350 and $685 respectively. Yes, there’s a sticker shock but that’s the fee for early adopters.
The modules are made by SanMax, with SKHynix supplying the memory chips.
DDR4 supports a much faster transfer rate of 2133–4266 MT/s compared to its predecessor’s speed of 800 to 2133 MT/s. DDR4 will also include more pins — 288 compared to DDR3’s 240 — and will have a power draw of 1.2V.
Intel’s IDF conference in the fall will likely be heavily focused on X99 and DDR4, so expect more information about the new memory standard then.
Source: Akiba PC Hotline