If you buy a DDR5 motherboard during Black Friday, please be careful

The 12th generation Intel Alder Lake CPUs are some impressive chips. The mid-range i5 12600K has even become the best gaming CPU we dream of, and the best gaming CPU currently available. In addition to impressive performance, these new chips are also compatible with a series of exciting new technologies, such as WiFi 6E, PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. But the last question is a bit tricky.

According to reports 12chip.com, Every major retailer is freshly released, and a quick search on Amazon, Newegg, and B&H Photo will only show a “out of stock” list. The production bottleneck seems to be the lack of PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit) that handles the power management of DDR5 modules. Previous generation RAMs like DDR4 do not need these PMICs because their power management is handled by the motherboard. With DDR5, this work is now done on RAM sticks, which is why these shortages mainly affect the new generation of hardware. DDR5 is a brand new technology and it doesn’t help, so even at the best time, production may still be limited.