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DDR5 Memory Will Be 50 to 60% More Expensive Than DDR4 According To MSI

MSI has revealed that DDR5 memory is going to cost a lot more than DDR4.

As the launch date of Intel Alder Lake CPUs and Z690 motherboards is coming closer, the motherboard manufacturers are releasing the new designs of their next-generation Intel 600 series motherboard. On the other hand, the memory manufacturers are also busy in releasing new models in the market.

There is no embargo on DDR5. Hence, various brands have already started selling the kits. The first memory which was sold had JEDEC’s standard speed of 4800 MT/s. It is the slowest reference speed featured by any of the upcoming Intel Z690 motherboards. The Alder Lake CPUs will reportedly feature faster memory, such as 6200 MT/s and even more. Faster memory will lead to a price surge of the kit.

So how much is the price of DDR5 going to be?

MSI has revealed in an official blog post that the cost of DDR5 is expected to be 50 to 60 percent more than DDR4 memory.

Intel Z690 series will contain support for both standards, but the board design will be different. Customers will have to choose between memory technology before upgrading. For now, we don’t have enough reviews to comment if it is really worth the money.

DDR5 vs. DDR4 Memory Costs

Historically, newer memory technology has always commanded close to a 30-40% premium over the previous generation. However, this time, DDR5 includes additional components that have driven the costs up further. As a result, we expect a 50-60% price premium compared to DDR4 at launch.

It typically takes around 2 years to reach price parity with previous generations, and we expect trends to remain similar with DDR5 modules as well.”

— Sara Lin, MSI

Via Msi