WHAT EX­ACTLY are JEDEC’s stan­dards? And why are they nec­es­sary? Well, the big­gest rea­son they ex­ist is to en­sure con­sumers have a non-con­vo­luted plat­form. They also en­sure that moth­er­board man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t have to de­sign four dif­fer­ent types of moth­er­board, just be­cause Cor­sair has its own con­nec­tion stan­dard, HyperX another, and G.Skill a slightly dif­fer­ent vari­ant. You get the pic­ture. Think of it like USB, but for mem­ory. The biggy is that all 300 mem­bers can pool their re­sources to ac­cel­er­ate tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, with­out any one of them get­ting a com­pet­i­tive edge, and sav­ing them time and money in the process.

It’s worth not­ing that JEDEC’s stan­dards are on the fairly con­ser­va­tive side of things when it comes to mem­ory frequency (af­ter all, they’re de­signed to work with ev­ery­thing from desk­tops to servers and su­per­com­put­ers), and DDR5 has yet to be clar­i­fied in its en­tirety just yet, but you can see from the ta­ble be­low just what stan­dards each man­u­fac­turer has to ad­here to.

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