The price of DDR5 RAM is going to drop pretty quickly, if the component grapes are to be believed.
This is according to a report by Digitimes (opens in new tab)Which we’ll take with some caution, as specified industry sources may be the wrong end of the memory stick – but they claim that DDR5 price tags will drop sharply as the rest of 2022 rolls around.
Sources agree that while DDR5 was once three times the price of DDR4, the market has now doubled right to manufacturers selling memory chips – and at retail, fogging DDR5 RAM is “almost a money loser.” business”.
In the manufacturing sector, DDR5 contract prices have declined by 20% compared to a 10% to 15% drop in DDR4, and a further decline in DDR5 pricing is expected in 2023. In fact, the report argues, there will be a “sweet spot” next year. For the prices of DDR5 RAM.
Analysis: Cheaper DDR5 in the pipeline, and faster DDR5
We’ve already seen some significant drops in the DDR5 price tag this year, so news of further declines is clearly going to be music to consumers’ ears. Especially those that are picking up a new rig with Intel Elder Lake CPUs, and later this year, the upcoming Raptor Lake plus AMD Ryzen 7000 chips, as all of those platforms support DDR5.
Of course, this is the expected trajectory when a new RAM standard arrives, and it happened with DDR4 when it was introduced. To start, RAM is exorbitantly priced, and the cost then drops to a more palatable level (not to mention faster performing modules, which are also brought in as the technology matures).
How much is the pricing going to drop for DDR5? Well, the mention of the sweet spot for 2023 points to a normalization of pricing towards DDR4 levels next year, which would certainly be good to see.
With Black Friday now not too far away, and these clear prices in the pipeline, we wouldn’t bet against having some fairly tasty deals on the horizon for DDR5 memory.
via Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)