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Is DDR4 worth it?

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October 5, 2013 1:10:02 PM

I was going to build a PC around this November or December.

And that's around the time DDR4 will be out, well, according to Crucial at least. (If you view the site, it says, "Coming late 2013.")
This has put me in a really uncomfortable position, because I want the latest and greatest parts.
Crucial says it's 2 times faster.

Is there a noticeable difference?
Will I need to Upgrade?
Will it affect gaming and rendering (in a good way..)?

And as the title says, is it worth it?

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October 5, 2013 1:11:54 PM

There won't be any chipsets that support DDR4 until probably the fall of 2014 starting with the high end Intel Haswell-EP CPUs.

edit: and while it will ultimately be about 2x faster, it will likely start slower than current DDR3 that is available, just like when the switch from DDR 2 and DDR happened.
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October 5, 2013 1:18:17 PM

That's true. But my rig's meant to last 5 years (or whenever my FPS drops below 30 and I have to play at lowest settings.)
But I guess that would be the perfect time to Upgrade, because it'll be cheaper.
There might even be DDR5 by then...
October 5, 2013 1:26:17 PM

Everyone asks whether it's better to wait for the latest and greatest or to snap up what's available now at a lower price. Different people view this differently, normally looking into the depth of their pockets at the time. What I can say for definite is that hardware and software will always leapfrog each other. As we get more powerful hardware we then get more demanding software capable of using that hardware, which leads to more powerful hardware being developed, and the cycle continues. I can also say that I have a high-end system I built over a year that is still very current as it plays everything I want it to at high, if not ultra, settings.
October 5, 2013 2:04:28 PM

Derppppp said:
USAFRet said:
"Hefty price premium awaits early DDR4 memory adopters"
Sept 27, 2013

"DDR4 will first go into servers early next year and then into clients like laptops and desktops in 2015"

Not gonna wait that long, no way!

There is always something new on the horizon. Always.