When will we see bigger RAM sticks on laptops?

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  1. Quicklite

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    Hi guys,
    So the 64GB RAM spec (4x16GB DDR4) has been available for a while now on laptops (e.g. high end gaming/workstation). When would we see the next jump (e.g. 128GB config, 4x32GB DDR4?) Just asking out of curiosity. The progress since the jump from 8 to 16GB DDR4 seems slow.

    This time next year? Or longer? Just curious. Also any guess if it'll be available in ECC first or would it be coming in non-ECC too at the same time?
     
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    Maybe around the time we see more than 2TB for storage in a 2.5" form factor
     
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    2020, when DDR5 is available for consumers.
     
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    Well there is the 5TB seagate and 4TB samsung ssd.
     
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    I should've be more specific. 2.5" 9.5mm for storage, as in not SSD.

    I have the 5TB and its 15mm, I've got it crammed in my m4600 now but the keyboard doesnt sit flat anymore lol.
     
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    Once mainstream/mobile chipsets starts supporting more than 64GB of total memory.

    Even on mainstream desktop chipsets the max memory is 64GB unless you go with the HEDT platform or workstation class.
     
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    It depends on what the CPU and motherboard support and how much RAM you can squeeze per slot.
    Many manufacturers 'officially' only support up to a certain amount of RAM in laptops, however, it was definitely possible to double that estimate because the chipset supported that much.
    These days, RAM controllers are usually embedded into the CPU's... and for instance, my Ryzen 1700 supports 64GB max... but I have no idea if I could actually cram that much into my laptop adapted B350 motherboard which only has 2 RAM slots, and what's the maximum amount per slot I could put in.

    With RAM prices as they are now, it might be quite expensive to fully max out the memory on a laptop (even if it unofficially supports more). My GL702ZC came with 1x 16GB of 2400 MhZ RAM, and Asus says they support an upgrade to 32GB (which I did - and 3000 MhZ laptop RAM was scarce months ago, not to mention expensive, so I went with 2400 MhZ), but trying to upgrade that to more would not be financially viable (or particularly useful).

    Actual mobile chipsets might take a bit more time as they are always neglected on part of OEM's (who pay more attention to desktops and usually stop supporting laptops about 6 months into the product cycle... maybe a year if you're lucky).
     
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    this. so far the max capacity was only pushed up once a new RAM standard came out, at least that was the case for DDR2 --> DDR3 --> DDR4 (4/8/16 GB sticks)

    yes i AM aware of those outlandishly expensive and exotic 16 GB DDR3 sticks but lets be honest: they never even came close to mainstream ;)
     
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    That and they only work for 5th generation last I read, unless some new products were released since I had seen
     
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