The price of DDR5 memory is declining

The launch of Intel’s Core 12000 series “Alder Lake” also kicked off the DDR5 memory standard, which replaces the nearly ten-year-old DDR4 standard. Among the major differences is a higher efficient clock frequency of 4,800 MHz from the start, compared to DDR4’s official peak level of 3,200 MHz. In addition, the Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) was moved from the motherboard to the memory module.

► SweClockers and Kingston dive deep into DDR5

The latter was the root of the shortage of DDR5 memory that arose in principle immediately upon launch, where long lead times on power controllers spoke in favor of poorer availability for a long time to come. Unlike its predecessor DDR4, which fell in price, there were increased price tags where even simpler memory kits could cost several thousand bucks.

Price statistics June 2022 (Price hunt)

Memory package

Speed

Capacity

Price (June 2022)

Price per GB (June 2022)

Kingston ValueRAM DDR5 4800MHz 2x16GB”

4 800 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 2,083

65 kronor

Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 4800MHz 2x16GB

4 800 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 1,190

37 kronor

Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 5200MHz 2x16GB

5 200 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 2,268

71 kronor

Kingston Fury Beast Black DDR5 6000MHz 2x16GB

6 000 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 3,190

100 SEK

Corsair Vengeance Black DDR5 5200MHz 2x16GB

5 200 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 2,790

87 kronor

Corsair Vengeance Black DDR5 5600MHz 2x16GB

5 600 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 2,890

90 kronor

Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Black DDR5 5600MHz 2x16GB

5 600 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 3,599

112 kronor

Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB White DDR5 5600MHz 2x16GB

5 600 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 3,790

118 kronor

G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB Black DDR5 6400MHz 2x16GB

6 400 MHz

2 x 16 GB

SEK 5,025

157 kronor

Crucial DDR5 4800MHz ECC 32GB

4 800 MHz

2 x 32 GB

SEK 5,490

85 kronor

Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 5200MHz 2x32GB

5 200 MHz

2 x 32 GB

SEK 3,790

59 kronor

Corsair Vengeance Black DDR5 5200MHz 2x32GB

5 200 MHz

2 x 32 GB

SEK 5,490

85 kronor

It has now been several months since the launch and with AMD’s Zen 4 and Intel’s “Raptor Lake” approaching this autumn, DDR5 will be even more relevant than before. When SweClockers makes a price check based on the more popular products on PriceSpy, it appears that prices are now significantly lower – at least for those who can imagine compromising something in terms of speed and latency.

There are still big differences between the different memory packages. The simplest, which generally have less expensive cooling fins and the entry speed of 4,800 MHz goes down SEK 40 per gigabyte. The more people are in the range of SEK 65-90, where performance also takes a step up.

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On the other hand, something that is clear is that the majority has decreased significantly in recent months, even those that are still over SEK 100 per gigabyte. The price curve for the absolutely most popular memory package Kingston Fury Beast with a capacity of 32 GB and a speed of 5,200 MHz, the price has dropped from just under SEK 3,000 to just under SEK 2,000 since its launch in November.

Price over time (Pricerunner)

Product name

January 2022

February 2022

Mars 2022

April 2022

Maj 2022

June 2022

Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 5200MHz 2x16GB

2 795 kr

2 965 kr

2 887 kr

2 567 kr

2 274 kr

1 980 kr

Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 4800MHz 2x16GB ECC

2 799 kr

2 855 kr

1 674 kr

2 584 kr

2 311 kr

1 990 kr

G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB Silver DDR5 6000MHz 2x16GB

5 190 kr

4 771 kr

4 202 kr

4 057 kr

3 670 kr

3 562 kr

Corsair Vengeance DDR5 4800MHz 32GB

3 490 kr

3 270 kr

2 824 kr

2 780 kr

2 929 kr

2 590 kr

Crucial DDR5 4800MHz ECC 2x8GB

1 445 kr

1 495 kr

1 620 kr

1 625 kr

1 457 kr

1 098 kr

Corsair Vengeance Black DDR5 5600MHz 2x16GB

4 095 kr

3 899 kr

3 679 kr

3 059 kr

2 826 kr

2 890 kr

G.Skill Trident Z5 Black DDR5 6000MHz 2x16GB

5 090 kr

4 745 kr

4 675 kr

4 368 kr

3 754 kr

3 514 kr

Kingston Fury Beast Black DDR5 5600MHz 16GB

1 495 kr

1 595 kr

1 613 kr

1 449 kr

1 323 kr

1 245 kr

G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB Silver DDR5 6000MHz 2x16GB

5 390 kr

4 921 kr

4 699 kr

4 503 kr

3 952 kr

3 447 kr

Kingston Fury Beast Black DDR5 6000MHz 2x16GB

3 495 kr

3 639 kr

3 673 kr

3 396 kr

3 080 kr

2 905 kr

A similar pattern can be seen in price statistics from Pricerunner, which has produced data on the most popular memory packages that have been available throughout the period from January to June 2022. However, there is a lack of more high-performance memories launched more recently, which are also the ones that stand out. in price most.

The large variation between different performance segments and the relatively continued high prices is not surprising in itself, but is something that often happens when transitioning to a new standard. In addition, the highest prices are mainly associated with more exotic memory modules which, in addition to decorations in the form of cooling and lighting, are also pushed to the maximum in terms of performance. However, the curve is expected to continue to point downwards, partly as a result of Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron recently being reported to scale up their production rate.

Have you switched to DDR5 yet, or do you plan to do so soon?


Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.

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