MemTest86 uses a chain of algorithms including SIMD and Row Hammer tests to try to check if the RAM is good or if it has some problems. PC manufacturers have been using this tool for years (it has a 25-year history, which is not to say little) to detect and isolate any problem in its memory before launching it on the market, so its reliability and effectiveness is out of all doubt.
MemTest86 already has initial support for DDR5 RAM
Today MemTest86 creators PassMark Software previewed initial support for DDR5 RAM in their in-house software builds. This means, as we have mentioned before, that by the time DDR5 memory reaches the consumer market we will already have a tool that will allow us to test it and verify any possible Faulty RAM, which is excellent news because as it is a new technology there is potentially quite a chance that it will problems at the beginning.
The original MemTest was released back in 1994, although then PassMark Software bought it in 2013 and they have been responsible for its development ever since. Meanwhile, an alternate version called MemTest + was created, and both tools offered similar functionality until version 4.0, at which point much more progress has been made on PassMark’s own version, including support for UEFI.
The latest version of MemTest86 available is 9.1 Pro, and it already supports DDR5 RAM according to the screenshot that we have put above and that has been published by the company. It appears that the DDR5 memory was running with the PC5-19200 specifications, which is equivalent to 4,800 MHz, which corresponds to the slowest clock for DDR5 RAM according to the JEDEC specifications.
When can we have DDR5 memory?
DDR5 RAM will initially debut with the next generation of Intel Core processors, which is expected to be released later this year. At the same time, most DRAM manufacturers are already working and presenting their DDR5 RAM memory models, which are expected to be launched on the market for precisely the same period, so despite the fact that there are still no exactly defined dates, it is most likely It will be that a couple of weeks before the launch of the new Intel platform we can already buy DDR5 memory in stores.
Initially, the DDR5 RAM will have an operating frequency of 4,800 MHz, but as we have mentioned before, this is the minimum speed established by the JEDEC, and it would be equivalent to the modules at 2133 and later at 2400 MHz in the current DDR4 memory, so It will not take long to have RAM kits available at higher speeds and, in fact, there are already several manufacturers that have announced the launch of DDR5 memory with speeds that reach up to 7,000 MHz in some cases.