Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Intel's desktop 9th-generation Core chips can handle 128GB of RAM

You no longer need a Xeon to use that much memory in an Intel machine.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 15, 2018
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Yurchello108 via Getty Images

To date, Intel's mainstream processors haven't supported more than 64GB of RAM. That's not a crisis-inducing problem right now (only demanding pros are likely to notice), but the time when you'll want more is on the horizon. Thankfully, Intel is prepared. The company has confirmed to AnandTech that its desktop 9th-generation Core processors support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Newer, denser memory technology makes that possible, the company said. An update in "a few months' time" will enable the extra headroom.

You'll need a motherboard with four DIMM slots to take advantage of this expanding support, and there's no doubt that the very first 128GB configurations will be very expensive. Right now, it's easy to spend over $550 on 64GB of RAM across four sticks, and that's if you're not picky about speeds. It won't be surprising if prices top $1,000 for 128GB until competition and economies of scale bring prices down.

Even so, this is good news for enthusiasts and pros. To date, you've needed a Xeon processor if you wanted 128GB in your Intel-powered rig. You'll still want one of those CPUs if you need more than two memory channels, but you no longer have to buy full-fledged workstation hardware just to break past that 64GB barrier. This could lower the costs for media editors who run memory-intensive apps but don't need the raw computational power of Xeon-based machines.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Watch OSIRIS-REx take a bite out of asteroid Bennu's surface

Watch OSIRIS-REx take a bite out of asteroid Bennu's surface

View
'Uncharted' set photos offer our first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake

'Uncharted' set photos offer our first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake

View
Jabra's ANC update for the Elite 75t earbuds is now available

Jabra's ANC update for the Elite 75t earbuds is now available

View
Garmin's new smartwatch lets streamers show real-time heart rates

Garmin's new smartwatch lets streamers show real-time heart rates

View
Amazon Echo (2020) review: Small in stature, mighty in sound

Amazon Echo (2020) review: Small in stature, mighty in sound

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr