I know of motherboards which will allow both DDR3 & DDR4 formats to be used, this would allow me to use DDR3 for a time, then in the future upgrade to DDR4.

My real question is, what motherboards are currently available in this format? And what are the the trade-offs for this flexibility?

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    I wouldn't recommend a DDR3/DDR4 board, if one exists already. Boards that use two memory types are almost always very low quality due to the need of twice the amount of components. Also, DDR4 in mid to low-end setups currently provides almost no improvement and in a lot of cases is worse with many tasks. – Adam Oct 18 '15 at 9:36
  • What cpu do you have/are you looking at? – James Oct 18 '15 at 15:00
  • @Adam thank you for the insight, I wasn't aware of that drawback, I was hoping to make bridging the jump a bit less painful. – nickson104 Oct 19 '15 at 7:10
  • @DJMcMayhem I currently have an AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 850 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz. However I am planning to upgrade to an I5, hopefully the new skylake (6600?). – nickson104 Oct 19 '15 at 7:12
  • @nickson104 If you are planning to upgrade to an i5, and skylake, check out the i5 6600k. I am not sure if this is overkill for your computer though, what do you plan on using it for, and why are you upgrading. You could get a huge deal of help from me if you could specify what you plan on using your computer for. If you find your computer 'sluggish' upgrading RAM may not help. Consider upgrading to an SSD instead. – Rubydesic Oct 21 '15 at 19:51

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