DDR5 memory prices are dropping fast

The PC market can no longer ignore DDR5 memory, and that's enabling increased availability and lower pricing

DDR5 memory prices are dropping fast

DDR5 memory pricing has dropped by 20% over the past month

DDR5 memory entered the mainstream PC market alongside Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors, but Intel's decision to support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory allowed the industry to mostly ignore DDR5. Simply put, DDR4 was more readily available, and much more affordable, and that gave memory manufacturers little reason to invest in producing DDR5 memory modules in larger quantities.

If more of the PC market will simply ignore DDR5 and opt to use DDR4 memory with Alder Lake, why invest in delivering larger quantities of DDR5 memory in an earlier timeframe.

This year, AMD plans to release their new Ryzen 7000 series processors, and these processors will support DDR5 memory exclusively. Ryzen 7000 series buyers will need to invest in the DDR5 memory ecosystem, assuring memory manufacturers that the DDR5 memory kits that they produce will sell. That wasn't the case with Intel's Alder Lake platform, and that fact alone has given memory manufacturers to finally go all-in on DDR5.

DDR5 memory prices are dropping

A new analysis of the DDR5 DRAM market from Computerbase.de has uncovered that DDR5 memory pricing has fallen dramatically over the past month. Over the past four weeks, the publication found that the pricing of an entry-level DDR5 memory kit had fallen by over 20%. Further pricing reductions are expected over the next few months, and that will make the prospect of a DDR5-only CPU platform viable. 

With the release of Intel's 13th Generation Raptor Lake and AMD's Ryzen 7000 series, DDR5 memory will be cheaper and more commonly available, and that will allow DDR5 to finally supplant DDR4.  

DDR5 memory prices are dropping fast(Chart and Data via Computerbase.de)

Why DDR5 will replace DDR4

DDR5 is better designed than DDR4, that fact cannot be questioned. Yes, low latency DDR4 kits can offer faster response times than basic DDR5 modules, but that ignores the fact that lower latency DDR5 memory kits are available, and that DDR5 modules also offer users a lot more raw memory bandwidth. Latencies aren't the only thing to consider when buying DRAM.

As CPU manufacturers move to more broadly support DDR5 memory, CPU memory controllers should also improve to make better use of the new memory type. Faster DRAM controllers can have a huge impact on memory performance, and we expect to see faster memory controllers as DDR5 adoption increases.  

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06-06-2022, 10:12:19

But how long will it last for? Especially as enterprise/datacenter platforms start utilising it.Quote

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