Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake (opens in new tab) The CPU family will continue to support DDR4. According to a yet-to-be-released leaked listing of ASRock Z790 and H770 motherboards, there will be many 700-series motherboards that retain support for DDR4 memory. Asrock certainly won’t be the only manufacturer offering it.
list from video card (pass computer library). Asrock motherboards listed include models with the D4 suffix. D4 indicates support for DDR4, as is the case with current-generation 600-series motherboards.
The key point is that ASRock will be producing several Z790 motherboards that support DDR4. I had suspected that some lower-level H770 and B760 motherboards would support DDR4, while the Z790 specifically supports DDR5, but this is not the case.
The following list of Asrock 700 series motherboards is not a complete list of Asrock motherboards. The B760, along with a few others that may have followed after its release, disappeared entirely, including the Z790 Aqua or the Z790 OC Formula.
- ASRock Z790 Tai Chi
- ASRock Z790 Pro RS/D4
- ASRock Z790 PG Lightning
- ASRock Z790 PG Lightning/D4
- ASRock Z790M PG Lightning/D4
- ASRock Z790 PG Torrent
- ASRock Z790M PG Torrent
- ASRock Z790-C
- ASRock Z790-C/D4
- ASRock H770 PG Lightning
- ASRock H770 PG Lightning/D4
- ASRock H770 Iron Legend
Intel has already earned itself an edge over AMD.Upcoming Zen 4 processors (opens in new tab) Only DDR5 is supported, which is not bad in terms of performance. There are rumors that Zen 4 CPUs offer excellent DDR5 overclocking capabilities, but this does mean that a Zen 4 upgrade means new CPUs, motherboards, and memory for most users.
Intel’s continued support for DDR4 means that the total platform cost will be significantly lower. DDR4 is still more affordable than DDR5, and for many, you don’t need to buy memory at all, just reuse the old kit. With DDR4 support alone, Intel is sure to win over quite a few buyers.
Given that 600-series motherboards and 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs already offer DDR4 support, it makes sense that Intel would keep DDR4 support on 700-series motherboards. The 13th Gen CPUs are an evolutionary upgrade over the 12th Gen models, and both will continue to use the LGA1700 socket.
So if you’re coming from an older DDR4 system, or you’re lucky enough to have a lovely low-latency DDR4 kit (opens in new tab) (It’s still perfectly viable for gaming systems in 2022 and beyond), and it looks like you can at least get a couple of years out of it.