New motherboard supports DDR5 and DDR4 – but there’s a flaw

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Onda, a Chinese hardware manufacturer, has announced the release of the H610M+ motherboard. The board, designed for Intel Alder Lake-S and the LGA1700 socket, supports DDR5 and DDR4 memory.

Flexibility in terms of RAM type is great, but the motherboard has a downside: it probably won’t grant access to dual-channel RAM.

Image source: Onda

Onda’s new micro-ATX H610M+ motherboard comes with one DDR4 slot for DDR4-3200 memory and one DDR5 slot for DDR5-4800 memory modules. In total, the card supports up to 32GB of RAM, but more than likely users will be limited to DDR4 or DDR5 and won’t have the option to mix the two.

The motherboard’s H610 chipset only supports one inline memory module (DIMM) channel, and that’s exactly why the motherboard has only one DDR4 slot and one DDR5 slot with no possibility expansion beyond a single RAM key.

It’s definitely an inconvenience and a price paid for the flexibility of being able to switch between DDR5 and DDR4. Dual-channel memory is usually the way to go, and using only one DIMM is likely to result in a performance hit – up to 15% with DDR5, according to Tom’s Hardware.

The motherboard has an 8-phase power subsystem and will not be able to run the best processors offered by Intel. Although users cannot use the H610M+ for the Intel Core i9-12900K processor, Onda will work perfectly with Alder Lake models up to and including Core i7.

ONDA H610M+ (VER1.0)https://t.co/hzwxlQjaMK
12th generation LGA1700 H610 processor
1x DDR4 / 1x DDR5 DIMM slots pic.twitter.com/3DrYqTpLeq

— 188号 (@momomo_us) March 6, 2022

In terms of ports and connectivity, the motherboard has a PS/2 port, four USB ports (two 3.0 and two 2.0), an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a VGA port, and three 3.5mm audio jacks. It also comes with two M.2 slots and three SATA 3.0 interfaces. It was first discovered by momomo_us on Twitter after it was posted by Onda on its official website.

Intel Alder Lake was the first platform to introduce DDR5 memory, with PCIe 5.0 and a new motherboard socket. Board makers have risen to meet the new requirements by releasing DDR5 and DDR4 motherboards, allowing users to choose whether or not to use the new technology. However, motherboards that offer access to both DDR5 and DDR4 are still rare, so Onda is hitting a largely untapped market with its new release.

Pricing for the motherboard has yet to be released, and we don’t know if or when it will hit the US market. However, it seems like a decent option for cheaper versions that don’t push performance to the limit.

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