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ASUS is Working on a DDR4 RAM Adapter for DDR5 Motherboards

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Intel has no say in the matter. Vendors are free to match any hardware they wish with an Intel CPU. Intel even trying to prohibit specfic hardware pairing would be technically and literally illegal.
Of course they do. Again, as I also already mention, they can withhold their MDF funds, which for all but Asus, is a significant income source when it comes to motherboards. They can also stop selling chipsets to non compliant partners. Then what? They're under no obligation to sell their chipset to every Tom, Dick and Harry that shows up at their doorstep. You clearly don't have much insight into what goes on in this industry if you think Intel has no say over its partners.
 
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You clearly don't have much insight into what goes on in this industry if you think Intel has no say over its partners.
It's called fair-trade. Intel can not discriminate without cause. However, this line of discussion would be WAY off-topic. Just know that Intel can not discriminate without risking severe government penalties.
 
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It's called fair-trade. Intel can not discriminate without cause. However, this line of discussion would be WAY off-topic. Just know that Intel can not discriminate without risking severe government penalties.
But withholding MDF has nothing to do with fair or trade. It's an incentive that Intel can give or take away at a whim.
They can also limit supply to companies that aren't doing as they're being told.
All these things have happened in the past and Intel are likely to use those "tools" again in the future.
 
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I don't see why board don't come with two slots for DDR4 and 2 slots for DDR5.
Basically if you using DDR4 then the DDR5 slot get disable and vice versa.

Then you would not have to make separate DDR4 and DDR5 versions of the same board.
$$?

I remember AGP transition, and still own the board, it was an AMD64 board that had both GPU slot tech's.
 
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You're missing my point though. You're proposing that they build a motherboard that has two sets of completely different RAM slots that cannot be used together(i.e. you can't have DDR4 & DDR5 RAM working together). Like I said, you're essentially halving the RAM upgrade-ability of the system just for the sake of being able to run two different generations of RAM. The motherboard itself would be a lot more expensive just for that feature alone.

$$?

I remember AGP transition, and still own the board, it was an AMD64 board that had both GPU slot tech's.

Alder Lake Motherboard With a DDR4 and DDR5 Slot Appears​


Only single channel though so not really practical but I was right it could be and has been done. If this was done on a higher chipset you could get dual channel with both DDR4 and DDR5 support on one board.
 
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Should have been a z690 with 2x each

I thought Intel wasn't happy about this together with their 700 chipset they want to be DDR5 only even it supports DDR4 :kookoo:
 
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It will have Asus price tag as well, probably be as expensive as a 8 gig DDR5 dimm.
 
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