You might never have ever heard of ONDA, but they’re a Chinese component maker, and one of the first-ever manufacturers to create a motherboard that has support for both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, as Twitter user @momomo_us has spotted. This is actually a little bit more difficult than you think to get up and running since there needs to be traces from the motherboard and to the CPU that it recognizes as both. While the motherboard does indeed support both DDR4 and DDR5, you’re probably not going to be able to use both a DDR4 stick of RAM and a DDR5 stick of RAM at the same time.
How it works
The ONDA H610M+ is a microATX board that looks relatively stripped-down, so it’s pretty interesting to see that the two RAM slots actually only support one RAM stick of each type. This probably isn’t the most optimal setup in the world to run, but if you’re looking to benchmark DDR4 against DDR5 while remaining on a current-gen platform, it’s pretty interesting to see this motherboard set up for what we assume to be a real edge-case when it comes to motherboards. It’s incredibly interesting to see how this was made and created, but don’t expect to see more motherboards like this making it to western markets, it’ll be a pretty rare sight to even see motherboards like this arrive.
And even then, you’ll still need yourself an Alder Lake-S CPU to plop into it too, so you will still need all the gear to make it work. We can’t quite work out why exactly you’d want one of these, but they’ve made one regardless. It would make a lick of more sense if there was more than a single slot for each RAM type, but since there isn’t, there honestly isn’t much practical use for this motherboard outside of it being able to support DDR4 and DDR5, which might be useful if you want to use your current RAM sticks, until DDR5 DIMMs dip a little bit in price as the newer platform emerges.
Regardless, it’s very interesting to see this motherboard actually reach shelves, and maybe even attempt to get one in for ourselves to check out how it all even works. Right now, there is no pricing or release date for the board, so it could even never really come into the market, we’ll just have to wait and see if this actually becomes a material product, or just languishes in obscurity. ASUS was seen working on a DDR5 to DDR4 converter, but again, the likelihood of something like that becoming a fully-fledged product, on shelves, that you can buy is very very unlikely. AS DDR4 reaches the end of its like and yields get better for DDR5 chips, it’s likely that we’re going to see the new standard eventually become the norm, and affordable for the majority of users, instead of languishing in an eternally sold out stock status.