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.