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The year 2014 marked the year of the introduction of DDR4. Year 2015 was the year of that spearheaded it's trend in the mainstream and with 2016 it has become even more commonplace. With the release of LGA 1151 every motherboard manufacturer was ushered quickly into supporting DDR4.
DDR4 being the main system memory for your computer, is used for running applications, games, and multitasking between the various tasks on your computer. With newer technology comes high performance and this has not changed with DDR4. To start, DDR4 is faster and consumes much less power than it's DDR3 predecessor.
However, we have come to a point in technology where improvements in speed yield diminishing returns. Those extra few milliseconds gained from the newer chips will not impact day to day performance in a manner that you will notice. You will however see slight benefit in mobile applications due to the lower power consumption. In the area of laptops, this means more battery life without sacrificing performance.
Capacity is another aspect that has changed in DDR4 memory. Where DDR3 was only capable of supporting 8GB of memory per module, DDR4 can support up to 16GB of memory. Since most consumer laptops will have the standard x2 DIMM module slots this means modern laptops sporting DDR4 will not be able to offer 32GB of memory. While you won't see much difference in the consumer sector, these improvements will be much appreciated in enterprise applications.