So, if you’re new to RAM, DDR3 came after DDR2. It’s not the defacto standard anymore – it’s been replaced by DDR4. DDR3 is still available on the market today and is mainly used in AMD AM3 mainboards. Intel motherboards supporting DDR3 RAM are socket 1151, 1150 and 1155.
So, what are the advantages that DD3 memory have over DDR2 anyways? Well, for starters, DDR3 memory uses less power then it’s DDR2 predecessor. DDR2 used 1.8-1.9 volts, while DDR3 memory uses 1.5 volts in comparison. The important thing you need to know about DDR3 is the transfer speeds have been significantly increased over DDR2. Transfer speeds begin at 800 MT/s, which is 800 million transfers per second. Speeds for DDR3 then increase up to 2133 MT/s. Comparatively, DDR4 speeds begin at 2133 MT/s – if you’d like to understand the correlation between DDR3 and DDR4.
DDR3 prototypes were announced in early 2005. Products in the form of motherboards appeared on the market in June 2007 based on Intel‘s P35 “Bearlake” chipset with DIMMs at bandwidths up to DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800).The Intel Core i7, released in November 2008, connects directly to memory rather than via a chipset. The Core i7 supports only DDR3. AMD‘s first socket AM3 Phenom II X4 processors, released in February 2009, were their first to support DDR3.
Can I run DDR3 RAM with a newer Intel or AMD CPU?
Many gamers ask, is it possible to run DDR3 RAM with newer Intel CPU’s. The first question you want to ask yourself is – why do this, run older RAM (not to mention, why not run a Ryzen CPU?) However, if this is the alley you want to go down, take a look at a motherboard like the Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 DDR3. This motherboard supports DDR3 memory, and 6th/7th generation Intel core CPU’s. It provides 4 DDR3 capable RAM slots, with the board supporting up to 64 GB of memory in total.