What happened now? Intel’s next processor series, Raptor Lake, will not take a cue from AMD’s Zen 4 platform, only supporting DDR5 memory. This was long suspected to be the case, but a leaked list of upcoming Asrock Z790 and H770 motherboards confirms that the 13th generation chips will support both types of memory.

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Videocards received a list of Asrock Z790 and H770 flagship mid-range mobile devices. It includes both DDR4 and DDR5 variants of some boards, as does the current 600 series chipsets used by Alder Lake.

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Alder Lake is Intel’s first consumer chip series to support DDR4 and DDR5, depending on which board you buy, but some feared that its Raptor Lake successor would only use the more expensive DDR5 variant.

Long ago rumors that Intel intends to keep support for both types of memory in Raptor Lake. Considering that the next generation processors use the same LGA 1700 socket as Alder Lake and will be backwards compatible with 600 series chipsets – Alder Lake processors will work on 700 series boards as well – it’s no surprise that Intel refuses to drop DDR4.

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Intel’s stance differs from AMD’s Zen 4 processors, which will go on sale later this year – possibly in September with a lineup that will reflect Ryzen 5000 launch. The Ryzen 7000 series will Only support DDR5, which means that anyone hoping to bring their DDR4 modules with them when upgrading will be disappointed.

Asrock’s 13th generation motherboard list consists of nine Z790 boards and three H770 boards, with four of the 12 being DDR4 versions. Here is the complete list:

  • ASRock Z790 Taichi
  • ASRock Z790 Pro RS/D4
  • ASRock Z790 PG Lightning
  • ASRock Z790 PG Lightning/D4
  • ASRock Z790M PG Lightning/D4
  • ASRock Z790 PG Riptide
  • ASRock Z790M PG Riptide
  • ASRock Z790-C
  • ASRock Z790-C/D4
  • ASRock H770 PG Lightning
  • ASRock H770 PG Lightning/D4
  • Steel Legend ASRock H770

The good news is that DDR5 prices fallbut remain more expensive than their predecessor, which could give Intel an edge over AMD in the battle for next-generation chips.

Raptor Lake, coming later this year, will increase the maximum number of Efficiency (Gracemont) Alder Lake cores to 16, bringing the total maximum core count to 24. The chips are also rumored to have clock speeds that go as high as 5.8GHz.