DDR5 memory prices take a deep dive with AMD Ryzen 7000 and Intel Raptor Lake launches nearing but still a far cry from DDR4 prices

DDR5 memory prices take a deep dive with AMD Ryzen 7000 and Intel Raptor Lake launches nearing but still a far cry from DDR4 prices

DDR5 memory prices are dropping, especially since the beginning of 2022 which bodes well for next-generation Intel Raptor Lake and AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU platforms.

With memory prices dropping, things are looking good for DDR5 memory to become the standard for the next generation AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU and Intel Raptor Lake desktop CPU platforms.

Currently, 16GB dual-channel DDR5 memory kits sell for around $120 to $130, well below the $500 price tag to over $1,000 several months ago. Users should expect DDR5 to remain the new standard for enthusiasts, gamers, and power users in the second half of this year. Not only are US consumers reaping the rewards of the new pricing, but European markets are also reported to see a massive price drop, ComputerBase reports.

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Not all DDR5 kits see this new pricing trend. Premium memory kits in the 6000Mbps+ range are still selling at high prices, leading some consumers to look for cheaper options at the moment. The memory itself will play a crucial role in determining the base price for the next generation platforms as the blue team (Intel) has the huge advantage of having support for DDR5 and DDR4 standards while AMD will only offer DDR5 support. The latter is way more future-proof but with DDR5 in its infancy at the moment, you could end up paying a higher price for a kit that you could end up replacing with similarly expensive DRAM modules in a couple of months.

DDR5 vs DDR4 16GB memory set price comparison (Image credits: Computerbase):

Companies like Kingston, Crucial, and Patriot offer 16GB DDR5 kits, offering base levels of 4800Mbps for roughly $110 to $120. With these prices being so affordable, and memory kits stable in the 5200 to 5600MHz bands, sales will definitely increase in the DIY market. Right now, DDR5-5200 is near and slightly above $250 for consumers. Meanwhile, 16GB DDR4-3200 (CL16) memory kits can be purchased for less than half the price at around US$50-60.

Readers should note that G.Skill and premium Trident Z DDR5-6000 CL36 memory sets were seen at $4,000 at the beginning of January, while now, five months later, prices are down to $800. Industry analysts have already expected DDR5 memory to reach price parity with DDR4 assortments within two years of its release.

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With this new price tag for next-generation DDR5 kits, this would be great for consumers to gain massive speeds and superior memory technology for the price we’ve seen with DDR4 kits over the past few years. Both AMD and Intel will benefit from the current price trend with the new Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake CPUs based on AMD Zen 4. AMD may get a slight edge in general DDR5 support as mentioned here.

Model: Speed eligibility price
Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-4800 CL38 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) $115.44 – Amazon
Important DDR5-4800 CL40 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) $112.99 – Newegg
Patriot signature DDR5-5600 CL40 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) $124.99 – Newegg
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-5200 CL36 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) $159.99 – Newegg
OLOy Blade RGB DDR5-5600 CL36 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) $189.99 – Newegg
Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-4800 CL38 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) $189.99 – Amazon
Corsair’s revenge DDR5 6000 CL36 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) $289.99 – Newegg
G-Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6000 CL30 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) $379.99 – Newegg

It’s unknown if prices for DDR5 core kits will remain low or if e-commerce markets will bundle popular processors with incredibly affordable dual-channel DDR5 kits, especially as the holiday season approaches. For retailers, September is the time when companies will make several announcements. DDR5 memory is expected to be the standard in the second quarter of the following year.

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