The usual 30-40% extra per generation change seems to be 50-60% right now.
With the introduction of each new memory standard, the market is experiencing that the price of the new solution is positioned above the prevalent option. For this reason, it came as no surprise to anyone that DDR5 memories were also more expensive than their similar-capacity DDR4 counterparts.
In previous shifts, it may have been noticed that extra pricing is around 30-40% on average, and it will take roughly two years for the turning point to come when the new standard comes in a similar price range, or even cheaper than the old one.
However, it may appear that the DDR5 surcharge can be described as higher than previously experienced, rather as an extra cost of 50-60% on average. This is due to the fact that the new modules are more expensive to produce than their DDR4 counterparts, as according to the DDR5 standard, the memory modules themselves are responsible for their own voltage regulation. Ergo not only shows the higher price of memory chips in the grand total, but also the increase in complexity projected on a single module.
Nonetheless, many in the industry believe that the two-year turning point will be maintained by DDR5, meaning that in the fall of 2023, the price tags of the newer standard models will be comparable to the purchase prices of DDR4 memories with similar capacities.
Source: Hírek és cikkek – PROHARDVER! by prohardver.hu.
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