Snynet Solution Logo
MON - SUN: 10 AM - 6 PM
+60 11 5624 8319


AMD's next-gen processors might have a major disadvantage against rival Intel

Image Description

AMD's next-gen Zen 4 processors are expected later this year along with whole new motherboards, but the possible loss of DDR4 support might make the new upgrade a very expensive proposition for a lot of users hoping to upgrade to the platform.

With AMD's new Zen 4-based "Raphael" 7000-series processors expected to be released later this year, the company is looking to move on from its aging AM4 socket, which it has used for the past few Ryzen series releases, and it looks like DDR4 support will be dropped along with the older socket.

The news comes from our friends over at Tom's Hardware, who spoke to several sources in the supply chain who say that DDR5 will be the only memory supported on X670 and B650 AM5 motherboards expected to launch alongside the Raphael processors later this year.

Nothing has been officially announced yet, and it's always possible that AMD will find a way to keep DDR4 support on another motherboard series besides X670 and B650, but that isn't clear at this point. We've reached out to AMD for comment and will update this story if and when we hear back from the company.

Analysis: will AM5 be a more expansive upgrade than Intel Alder Lake?

The major concern here is that DDR5 RAM modules are very expensive at the moment, and this isn't likely to change any time soon. While the memory modules will inevitably come down in price, they are only just now starting to roll out, and for now only to Intel's 12th-gen Alder Lake processors.

While the Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K are two of the biggest selling processors out there right now, they aren't moving in nearly enough numbers to drive down the price of DDR5 on their own, so prices will still likely be very high when Zen 4 processors drop from AMD toward the end of the year. 

If so, then anyone wanting to upgrade to the new Ryzen 7000-series processors would need a new motherboard and more expensive RAM, not to mention a possibly upgraded cooling solution as well. At least with some Intel Alder Lake motherboards, you can still use DDR4 RAM, taking some of the sting off the cost of the upgrade. 

Whether AMD finds a way to keep DDR4 support could be a major factor in how many people opt to upgrade to the new AMD platform, or whether – for once – they find Intel a more affordable upgrade option.


25 Apr 2022



Other Blog

  • Intel warns against Alder Lake overclocking trick that could 'damage' your CPU

    Intel has cautioned Alder Lake CPU owners that those with non-K (locked) processors shouldn’t try to overclock them, even though this might be possible with certain motherboards, as it could result in damage to the chip.

    If you’ve been following this story over the course of this week, expert overclocker Der8auer has been experimenting with majorly ramping up the clocks on non-K models like the Core i5-12400 (we’ve also seen a Core i3 world record), which should not be open to overclocking officially – Intel’s ‘K’ CPUs are the products which are unlocked and meant for overclocking.

    Even though it is technically possible to overclock a non-K Alder Lake processor, using the unlock BCLK feature in the BIOS of some (higher-end and upper mid-range) motherboards, Intel warns against doing so.

    The chip giant told Tom’s Hardware: “Intel’s 12th Gen non-K processors were not designed for overclocking. Intel does not warranty the operation of processors beyond their specifications. Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance.”

    So, in short, applying an overclock will void the warranty on your non-K chip, and could result in an unstable system, and perhaps damage the CPU and reduce its expected lifespan.

    Analysis: Danger, danger… high voltage

    Of course, we knew this about overclocking anyway. Overclocking is, at its heart, a balance between seeing how hard you can push clock speeds up, without affecting system stability; or rather, enthusiast or extreme overclocking is. Many PC owners can be much more conservative in their overclocking endeavors, and just plump for smaller bumps in clock speed and performance, which aren’t likely to affect stability or reliability of the chip at all.

    However, the whole point of ramping up a non-K 12th-gen chip, as Der8auer has been doing, is to turn a relatively lowly and affordable CPU into a value-packed monster. And, of course, the additional point Intel is making here is that these processors are not designed to be overclocked, so will (presumably) suffer more when being pushed beyond their normal capacity. The danger is you could end up with a short-lived Alder Lake CPU, and of course no warranty protection if it does go up in smoke.

    Interestingly, as Tom’s points out, Der8auer has also just let us know that one major motherboard maker is working on a cheaper B660 board which supports DDR4, and has the functionality for a non-K overclock to be applied. It was previously feared that only B660 motherboards with DDR5 support will work – with that new memory standard being an expensive proposition, running against the whole point of using a cheaper non-K Alder Lake CPU to get a big overclock and much better performance. But with Intel’s warning pouring cold water on this whole idea somewhat, many punters will now likely be steering clear of this route anyway.

    The fact is that now Intel has come out and made its stance clear on the idea of non-K overclocking, Team Blue is even more likely to do what we predicted in the first place – patch out this overclock capability, likely sooner rather than later. Rumor has it that the presence of the unlock BCLK feature for overclocking could’ve been an error on Intel’s part anyway – a mistake in the microcode – which future BIOS updates are likely to correct, by the look of things.

    Read More
  • Firefox Relay is now actually worth your attention

    Mozilla has launched an update for its email privacy service, Firefox Relay, that addresses common complaints and extends the tool to a wider audience.

    With the latest version of Firefox Relay, the attachment file size limit has been upped from 150KB to 10MB, which means users won’t run into trouble when receiving emails that contain documents, concert tickets and the like. Previously, these attachments just wouldn’t make it to the inbox.

    In a blog post, Mozilla also revealed the Firefox Relay extension is now available via Google Chrome too, where previously only Firefox users had access (and those willing to use the website). Given Chrome is by far the most widely used web browser, with more than 60% market share, the move will open up the service to millions more people.

    Lastly, Mozilla announced new features that allow Firefox Relay users to filter out promotional emails for a predefined period, but this functionality is available to paying subscribers only.

    Firefox Relay

    (Image credit: Mozilla)

    Firefox Relay update

    Re-launched late last year, Firefox Relay gives people a way to obscure their personal email address when interacting with vendors and websites they may not trust. The service allows users to create multiple email aliases (up to five for free), which route messages through to their original inbox without exposing their identity.

    To explain the utility of the email relay service, Mozilla draws a comparison between a person’s email address and personal phone number.

    “In real life you have a phone number where family and friends can call and reach out to you directly. You likely have it memorized by heart and it’s something you’ve had for years. In your online life your email address is like your phone number, it’s a personal and unique identifier,” wrote Mozilla, in a separate blog post.

    “Your email address has become the way we access almost every website, app, newsletter, and hundreds of other interactions we have online every single day. That means your email address is in the hands of hundreds, if not thousands, of third parties. As you think more about your email address and the places it’s being used, Firefox Relay can help protect and limit where it’s being shared.”

    The email relay tool is part of a growing suite of privacy-focused products from Mozilla, which has taken the decision to deemphasize its famous browser as it seeks to establish new revenue streams that are independent from its ability to compete with the likes of Chrome, Safari and Edge.

    Alongside Firefox Relay, the organization now offers a VPN service, breach monitoring tool, news aggregator and anti-tracking extension.

    The latest update for Relay can be seen as an attempt to bolster both quality and scope of the Mozilla suite, as competitors such as Brave, Proton and DuckDuckGo begin to expand their own arsenals of privacy services.

    • Check out our list of the best proxy services around

    Read More
  • AMD CEO Lisa Su to give CES keynote, Ryzen 5000 APUs and Radeon RX 6700 rumored

    Su is expected to make some major announcements at the virtual conference on January 12

    Read More
  • Devising the right hosting strategy: private, public or hybrid?

    The cloud comes in many different flavors.

    Read More

Find Out More About Us

Want to hire best people for your project? Look no further you came to the right place!

Contact Us