DDR5 RAM has technically been available on major computing platforms since the launch of Alder Lake and the Z690 chipset, although most PC gamers and building enthusiasts have given up on buying it sooner because of the astronomical prices. Fortunately, the cost of DDR5 RAM is dropping rapidly, dropping 20% in just four weeks.
As reported by VideoCardz (opens in new tab) (with reports of Computer Base (opens in new tab)), DDR5-4800 memory is now available for less than €5 per gigabyte (about $5 / £4 / AU$7.50), a huge improvement over the average of €15 per gigabyte (about $16 / £13 / AU$22) that we were seeing in late 2021.
In practical buying terms, this means that where a standard kit of 32GB of DDR5-4800 memory cost €470 ($500 / £400 / AU$700) at the end of 2021, it will now cost a more reasonable €154. ($165 / £131 / AU$230).
For the sake of transparency, the study lists 200 different DDR5 kits, although needless to say given that the initial report was in euros, and prices may not reflect other regions with full accuracy, but are seeing a similar drop in DDR5 prices across the market.
Supply was expected to improve in the second half of 2022, which should have a positive impact on pricing, so this news is coming a little earlier than anticipated, but it will be especially welcome for anyone planning to build their first PC. or update your current system in the coming months.
Nvidia plans to announce its next generation of graphics cards in the coming months, including GeForce RTX 4070 and GeForce RTX 4080, and Intel already has motherboards that support DDR5 on the market thanks to the launch of its Alder Lake series of processors.
AMD is not far behind with its Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 series, which will require a motherboard with a socket AM5 platform, although there is concern that AMD has not confirmed support for DDR4 alongside DDR5.
Still, if you were planning on a full next-gen upgrade, chances are you’ll get that when Lovelace hits the market… if you’re quick enough to buy a new GPU in the inevitable rush.
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All of these next-gen releases present a problem – you may need to upgrade most of your existing system to support them. It’s a small but frustrating circle: if you want to use DDR5 RAM, you’ll need a new motherboard, and in order to use that new motherboard, you’ll need to upgrade your processor.
DDR5 becoming more affordable should certainly lessen the edge, but it’s still not ideal for people who just want to keep their system relatively up to date, especially with rumors that the AM5 might not support the current generation of DDR4 memory for AMD fans.
Rubbing a little more salt into those sores is the current state of DDR4 pricing. It was widely believed that as DDR5 started to gain more notoriety and market share, the previous generation of memory would start to see a significant reduction in price… it’s just that we haven’t seen any indication of that yet.
If you’re not in a rush to be an early adopter of next-gen technology, rest assured that DDR4 will still be relevant and capable for a few years to come – after all, it took about three years for DDR4 to overtake its predecessor and processors. they don’t need to be updated as often as you might think.