Is the Mac Pro waiting for a December release because of DDR4 RAM?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Kjos, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Kjos macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2013
    I know they were waiting for the new Intel processors, but how sweet would it be if they came with a DDR4 RAM option along side their DDR3 younger brothers.

    Maybe just some non-sense talk on my part, but I'd be excited and impressed.
  2. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    The specs are already on - it's 1886mhz ddr3
  3. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    Yes, it's "non-sense talk".
  4. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Apparently you didn't bother to check the specifications already published by Apple.
  5. MattDSLR macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2011
    already older than technology available and not out yet
    I hope apple will add ddr4 in there
  6. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Are you aware of DDR4 support for either Ivy Bridge E or LGA2011 socket motherboards in general? If not, why the comment? I cannot find any evidence that DDR4 could be supported.
  7. VirtualRain, Dec 7, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2013

    VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    DDR4 is not coming until Haswell-E... at the earliest... December 2014 and more likely sometime early in 2015.

    As usual, be careful what you wish for. The main benefit of DDR4 will be lower power consumption for mobile applications and higher density modules (at a price premium). It's architecture also supports only one stick per channel (no impact on Apple there). As usual, the benefits for desktop users will be minimal and the costs will be higher (for early adopters). The fact is that with the monstrous L3 cache Intel equips it's desktop processors with, memory bandwidth does not contribute significantly to performance one way or the other so the benefits of going from 1833 to 2133 will be nearly immeasurable.

    You can read all about it here...
  8. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Thanks for the laugh.
  9. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Great summary! To add to it though, I'm pretty sure ECC modules for DDR4 don't exist yet either, and probably won't right away, though I suppose lower power consumption may make them desirable for server markets.

    For the new Mac Pro it doesn't really matter; while DDR4 will support faster speeds in future it starts out at the top end of DDR3 speeds (2133MT/s); there's hardly any DDR3 RAM produced for that speed, except for RAM geared towards over-clocking, which is the last thing you want in a Mac Pro since its focus should be stability rather than just raw speed.
  10. Kjos thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2013

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