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Too late for DDR3?

Hey guys,

 

Is DDR3 RAM nearing the end of it's life with the introduction to DDR4 RAM? DDR4 is quickly becoming used by more and more people after Skylake has been here for a few months now. So is DDR3 now obsolete? Or is it still a good option? Should I upgrade?

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You ask a lot of too late questions today, aren´t you ;) ?

 

No it´s not too late a lot of people still buy Haswell and continue to buy it for a good while. And it´s not going to be obsolete for a while.

 

EDIT: But if you´re that worried, running on old tech, just buy a Skylake board and CPU and some DDR4 RAM :P.

 

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DDR3 is absolutly fine and commonly used, even if you are going to edit videos and such it's not a big diffrence, you shouldn't upgrade especially if you're gaming.

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You ask a lot of too late questions today, aren´t you ;) ?

 

No it´s not too late a lot of people still buy Haswell and continue to buy it for a good while. And it´s not going to be obsolete for a while.

 

EDIT: But if you´re that worried, running on old tech, just buy a Skylake board and CPU and some DDR4 RAM :P.

Asking the questions a lot of people might be wondering about  :D

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I remember seeing several performance comparisons that put it within a few percent for most things. I think you'll be fine with DDR3 for some time yet. Put the cost differential towards other things and the system will age better anyway.

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Asking the questions a lot of people might be wondering about  :D

No need to wonder DDR3 is still valid, and that won´t change for 2016. Of course we´ll see more and more DDR4 coming and DDR3 decreasing but it was the same with DDR3 and DDR2.

DDR4 isn´t new it is already on the market for about 1.5 years almost. And that being said, Skylake is okay in terms of performance but it´s not a huge leap in terms of raw performance compared to Haswell. And there´s the most important reason. DDR3 brought also a lot faster CPUs with it, but DDR4 and Skylake is good performance, but no one clear in their head upgrade from a 4790K to a 6700K unless they are enthusiasts.

And why buy a CPU (6700K) that costs way more than a comparable other (4790K)?

 

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Its obsolete in the sense we have a new standard and shipping modules that drastically out perform it. Its not obsolete in the sense that the memory companies are still making DDR3 and selling it, but its value has notably been reduced.

 

 

You don't hear about many people buying DDR2 these days because its definitely obsolete and DDR3 will become so once everyone moves on and starts buying systems with DDR4 in them by default. Right now that is all Intel customers not buying obsolete platforms and CPUs but AMD remains on DDR3 until the end of next year. But once Zen comes out only obsolete systems will be using it (although you could argue the AMD CPUs are kind of obsolete today but its still AMDs top solution even if its out of date).

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once zen is released it will be the end of the line for ddr3

End of the line?  I can go out and buy a brand new stick of SDRAM right now.

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There are some skylake Mobos that use DDR3 and not compatible with DDR4. So you can expect that DDR3 wont be obsolete.

Btw.. Haswell and Skylake has almost similar performance so it's totally not worthy of upgrading.

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