The next major upgrade of our PC’s RAM DDR5 is expected to be launched soon, and according to a blog post by MSI, we may have to pay for it.The title of this article is Everything you need to know about DDR5 memory modules, Briefly introduced what is special about DDR5 compared to its predecessor, DDR4.
Towards the bottom of the post (via Tom’s hardware), MSI made a prediction on the pricing of DDR5: “Historically, newer memory technologies have always had a premium of nearly 30-40% over the previous generation. However, this time, DDR5 contains additional components, further pushing up Therefore, we expect a price premium of 50-60% compared to DDR4 at the time of launch.”
Regarding how long this situation will last, this is not good news. The section continues to predict, “It usually takes about 2 years to reach price parity with previous generations of products. We expect the trend of DDR5 modules will also remain similar.”
At this point, although new DDR5 kits are released almost every day, we have not seen pricing information for DDR5 memory modules from their actual manufacturers. However, we hope to obtain such information when Intel officially launches Alder Lake.
The latest rumors that Alder Lake will be launched on November 4 are related because Intel’s 12th generation will be the first consumer CPU to support DDR5. It actually supports DDR4 and DDR5, but motherboard manufacturers are expected to stick to the updated standards, making DDR4 support a niche market. If DDR5 is as expensive as MSI expected, then DDR5 may be a niche market.
From what we have seen so far, such as G.Skill’s memory specifications (as shown above), DDR5 does seem to provide an impressive operating frequency, although the module announced at the same time has a very high latency—CAS latency is 40 It is quite common on DDR5-4800 memory.
There is currently an additional problem with DDR5, because despite the global shortage of silicon chips, the price of DDR4 RAM kits is surprisingly affordable. And you can get some very fast kits at the same time, with low latency and high clock speed. Now is a good time to upgrade your current settings with some of the best RAM for gaming.
In other words, DDR5 has done its job and needs to provide something truly special to make it a memory standard.