MSI has now added support for DDR5 memory up to 256GB on their latest Intel 700 and 600 series motherboards, which can provide a solid performance boost in certain types of tasks. This upgrade follows the continued innovation of the CAMM standard, which has already been implemented in the laptop market and will soon make its way to the desktop market. At the same time, we also see the emergence of the latest 64 GB DDR5 modules, which double the previous maximum capacity.
Previously, we saw a range of non-binary DIMMs with capacities between 24 and 48 GB, increasing the desktop memory capacity to 192 GB. Now the memory manufacturers are working on developing 64 GB modules that will bring the DDR5 capacity up to an impressive 256 GB. This represents a significant increase, as it now only requires two DDR5 sticks to achieve 128GB, where it previously required four.
The increased memory capacity has a number of benefits, especially in applications such as rendering and upcoming AI software packages that often require large amounts of memory. It can also lead to improvements in overall system performance in such scenarios.
MSI highlights that their latest BIOS for Intel 700 and 600 series motherboards is now available, and one of the major benefits is compatibility. Unlike other manufacturers, MSI's BIOS does not require users to disable features such as 4G, Resizeable Bar & Remapping to achieve full capacity of 256 GB. Thus, users can experience a problem-free and complete 256 GB experience on MSI's motherboard.
A well-known hardware insider, chi11eddog, has even shared a screenshot of the MSI Z790 Carbon MAX WIFI motherboard running with 256GB of DDR5-4800 memory along with an Intel Core i9-14900K CPU.
It is interesting to see what maximum speeds can be achieved with such large memory sets and it allows users to choose between capacity and speed according to preference.