Entry-level DDR5 RAM should be significantly cheaper

The shift in production capacity to the new DDR5 standard should soon lead to falling prices.

If you are currently planning to upgrade or buy a new PC, you have two options when it comes to working memory: Either the new PC is operated with inexpensive DDR4 RAM. Or you can use the much more expensive DDR5 RAM, which, however, hardly offers any advantages. However, this dilemma could soon change: The manufacturers of the RAM modules have just begun to redistribute their production capacities to the new standard. As a result, the entry-level DDR5 bars in particular should become significantly cheaper.

Strong price drop

The DDR5 modules, which are initially twice as expensive as DDR4 memory, should only be slightly more expensive in the medium term. In the second half of 2022, DDR5 modules designed specifically for end users could fall sharply in price. The sale of DDR5 RAM is already a losing proposition for many manufacturers. In July alone, prices fell by 20 percent, while DDR4 modules only fell by 10 to 15 percent in the same period.

Look at DDR5 memory in the PC world price comparison

According to industry experts, the expected drop in prices for DDR5 modules could result in DDR5 main memory becoming much more popular. At the latest in the course of the coming year, prices could reach their lowest level. Then it could hardly make a difference in price whether DDR4 or DDR5 modules are installed in the computer. Intel currently allows the use of DDR4 or DDR5 RAM in combination with certain mainboards and the current processors. AMD is also planning to switch from the DDR4 to the DDR5 standard with its Ryzen 7000 generation. There is also support for PCI Express 5.0 and a new socket called AM5.

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