James Hunt assesses the benefits of the latest standard of RAM
It's been close to a decade since DDR3 memory was first introduced and five years since it became the dominant form of RAM in home PCs. In an industry where anything older than 18 months looks seriously out of date, DDR3 is starting to seem positively ancient. It's no surprise, then, that the next evolution of the technology, DDR4 memory, is starting to creep into the latest high-end hardware.
At this point, there's a chance that the next computer you buy will indeed support DDR4. But what is DDR4 memory, and what are the practical benefits of it? And most importantly, is it worth aiming to include in your next system?