After a long wait, the DDR5 RAM modules are here. As is the case with each newer RAM generation, the DDR5 RAM greatly improves over maximum bandwidth compared to DDR4. However, to reap the benefits of the newer RAM generation, you need to have a compatible motherboard.
Currently, only Intel 600 series motherboards offer support for DDR5 RAM. This include the Z690, B660 and H610 chipsets.
Since RAM modules are NOT backwards compatible, you CANNOT use a DDR5 RAM module on a DDR4 motherboard. Hence, in this article I will list down which motherboards support DDR5 RAM.
Essentially, it is easier to just take note of the motherboard chipset that supports DDR5 RAM instead of looking at each individual model.
If you know a certain motherboard chipset supports DDR5 than all of its motherboard models despite their brand or price tag would intrinsically have support for DDR5 RAM.
Which Motherboards Support DDR5 RAM?
Again, it is easier to look at the motherboard chipsets that support the DDR5 RAM instead of looking at each individual motherboard make and model.
Currently at the moment Intel 600 series chipsets support DDR5 RAM. So chipsets including Z690, B660 and H610 support DDR5 RAM.
The following table explains this in detail:
12th Gen CPUs
|- Gigabyte Z690 AORUS XTREME|
- Asus ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI
- Asus PRIME Z690-P WIFI
|High End Motherboards|
12th Gen CPUs
|- MSI MAG B660M MORTAR|
- Asus TUF GAMING B660M-PLUS WIFI
- Gigabyte B660M AORUS Pro AX
|Mid Range Motherboards|
12th Gen CPUs
|- ASRock H610M-HDVP/D5|
- Asus Pro H610M-C-CSM
|Low End Motherboards|
Currently there are no AMD motherboards that support the newer DDR5 RAM. This will change in the near future as AMD is gearing up for its next gen CPUs and Motherboards.
It should be noted that there are many key differences between a high end and a low end chipset.
For instance a high end chipset, such as Z690 has more new gen USB ports, allows overclocking, has more PCIe lanes which in turn means more expansion slots, has better VRM and phase power design etc.
I have written an article what makes a motherboard good where I details how the chipset matters.
So in other words, all the motherboards featuring the Intel 600 series chipset from the Z, B and H line support DDR5 RAM.
Also Read: Which Intel and AMD CPUs Support DDR5 RAM?
You Will Have to Upgrade Your Entire PC to Enable Support for DDR5 RAM
It is well worth considering the fact that getting a DDR5 RAM would force you to upgrade your entire PC. This is because DDR5 RAM is NOT backwards compatible.
In other words, you cannot install a DDR5 RAM in an older motherboard that is designed to support DDR4 RAM.
As such, you will need to get a motherboard with dedicated support for DDR5. This in turn would force you to invest in a new CPU as well.
This is because all the newer chipsets such as the Intel Z690, Intel B660 and Intel H610 that support DDR5, have a completely new CPU socket i.e LGA1700 that supports 12th Gen Intel CPUs.
In other words, you would not be able to install your older LGA1200 based 10th and 11th Gen Intel CPUs on the newer motherboards.
So you have to gauge for yourself, is DDR5 RAM worth the upgrade? In my opinion, if you have a decent enough system specs, then upgrading is not a fruitful idea at all.
Alternatively, if you are building an entirely new system, then the prospect of having a newer gen DDR5 RAM makes more sense.
What is the Price of DDR5 Motherboards?
As is the case with all motherboard generation, the price of the new gen motherboards that support DDR5 depends upon their performance category.
Given the Intel 600 series, the H610 series motherboards are the cheapest, followed by B660 series motherboard and the Z690 series motherboards are the most expensive.
The table below explains this further.
|Chipset||Price Range||Cheapest Motherboard||Most Expensive Motherboard|
|Intel H610||$80-$171||ASRock H610M-HVS ($80)||ASUS PrimeH610M-K ($171)|
|Intel B660||$95-$635||ASRock B660M-HDV ($95)||ASUS ROG Strix B660-A ($635)|
|Intel Z690||$160-$1900||ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4 ($160)||GIGABYTE Z690 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce ($1900)|
- The prices are subject to change.
The prices of motherboards supporting DDR5 are quite typical with what you would expect from newer motherboards from their respective series.
You can make a fairly cheap build with an affordable H610 motherboard as cheap as $80 or a stupendously expensive build with the mind-boggling Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce having a price tag of $1900.
But in reality, the prices of DDR5 motherboards aren’t any different from the previous gen motherboards.
DDR5 Motherboards Available in All Form Factors
Depending on your preference you can find DDR5 supporting motherboards in all form factors including:
- Mini ITX – 6.7 x 6.7 inches – smallest form factors
- Micro ATX – 9.6 x 9.6 inches – Form factor for most budget motherboards
- ATX – 12 x 9.6 inches – form factor preferred by enthusiasts, professionals and gamers
- EATX – 12 x 13 inch – form factor for very expensive motherboards
You can find DDR5 motherboards from all the popular brands including ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock as well as from lesser popular brands such as Biostar and Maxsun.
Also Read: Can You Reuse Old RAM Sticks?
Here I talked comprehensively about which motherboards support DDR5 RAM at the moment.
I particularly looked at the motherboards featuring the Intel 600 series Z690, B660 and H610 chipsets as these are the only chipsets that currently offer support for DDR5 RAM.
Of course as the time goes, this list will get populated with more and more chipsets from Intel as well as from AMD.