DDR3 to DDR4 adapter. Is it possible?

When upgrading your computer, the question often arises as to whether older parts can be used? Most components need to be replaced when the motherboard is being replaced. For example, after installing a new MB, you will usually need to replace the CPU, RAM, and sometimes GPU and PSU. So is there such a thing on the market as a DDR3 to DDR4 adapter?

Short Answer

No, there is no such thing as a DDR3 to DDR4 adapter. In the article below, I will explain why.

What is DDR3 and DDR4?

RAM on a computer is like short term memory on a human. The more storage you have, the more things you can remember without long thinking.

DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) is a computer memory specification. It provides higher operating performance and lower voltage than DDR2, is the successor of DDR2. DDR3 has been updated to DDR4.

DDR3 type of RAM was primarily used in all motherboards from 2007 (release date) until the release of DDR4 in 2014, which is about 7 years. In 2017 almost all MB switched to DDR4 type of RAM.

Generally speaking, DDR3 and DDR4 are a type of random access memory that differ in both form and specifications.

DDR3 adapter to DDR4, why it is impossible?

DDR3 adapter to DDR4 why it is impossible

Okay, imagine that you find an adapter constructed to slip into a DDR4 slot and allow a DDR3 DIMM to plug into it. The problem is that DDR3 and DDR4 have different architectures, voltages and speeds. Of course, if a converter (not an adapter) were created, it might work, but it would probably cost more than just a DDR4 DIMM set, and you still have a performance of DDR3.

The same principle applies to the DDR4 to DDR3 adapter. As a result, you will not be able to use the DDR4 ram stick in MB compatible with the DDR3 ram.

Short Answer

DDR3 to DDR4 ram adapter is impossible because of different architectures, voltages and speeds.

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Best solution – second-hand market

Most computer parts are solid made, so many people buy used parts. So I would offer to sell DDR3 ram sticks and buy DDR4 instead of searching for adapters or converters. Also, you can find good deals on amazon.com.


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