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So it would seem that there are alot of laptops and ultra books now that are coming out with Skylake processors. What's also interesting is that alot of them are still coming with DDR3 memory. Forgive me if I'm wrong but isn't Skylake supposed to exclusively support DDR4? Isn't that also true for their mobile U and H series processors? If so, would DDR4 be compatible on laptops if it has a Skylake processor?

I've been looking at the Asus Zenbook UX303UB with the i7-6500u processor and I'm quite surprised it still has DDR3 memory. I'm just wondering at this point but might get one down the road. Hopefully I can upgrade to DDR4 memory when it becomes affordable for laptops and if the laptop supports it.
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Not sure. Although, there isn't much to be gained by going to DDR4 right now. Once it is fast enough to separate itself from DDR3, current CPUs will not be able to handle the speed.
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Not sure. Although, there isn't much to be gained by going to DDR4 right now. Once it is fast enough to separate itself from DDR3, current CPUs will not be able to handle the speed.

Even when we're talking going from 1600 to 2133? From some of the threads in here, there seems to be quite a good amount of evidence that it is quite beneficial gaining speeds in system memory.
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Even when we're talking going from 1600 to 2133? From some of the threads in here, there seems to be quite a good amount of evidence that it is quite beneficial gaining speeds in system memory.
Fast DDR4 is equal in performance to slower DDR3, for example 2400mhz ddr4 is a little slower than 2133mhz ddr3 iirc. CPUs that support DDR4 support fast speeds without the need to overclock the memory though, so it's more stable with a CPU overclock. This is because of the IMC, The best IMC for CPUs that support DDR3 can run 1600mhz without OC, but that would be only the newer core CPUs, I believe haswell and newer.
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