The price of DDR5 RAM should drop very quickly, if the component rumor is to be believed.
This according to a report by the DigiTimes (opens in new tab)one we’d take with caution, as the specified industry sources might have the wrong side of the memory card – but they claim that DDR5 prices will drop rapidly as the rest of 2022 rolls on.
The sources note that while DDR5 was once triple the price of DDR4, now the market has corrected to more than double it for manufacturers selling memory chips — and at retail, flagellating DDR5 RAM is “almost a loss-making business.” ” Apparently.
In the manufacturing sphere, DDR5 contract prices have dropped by 20% compared to a 10% to 15% drop for DDR4, and further declines in DDR5 prices are expected in 2023. Indeed, the report states that the next year will be the “sweet spot” for DDR5 RAM pricing.
Analysis: Cheaper DDR5 and Faster DDR5, in the pipeline
We’ve already seen some considerable downward movement in DDR5 prices this year, so news of further declines will obviously be music to consumers’ ears. Particularly those getting new gear with an Intel Alder Lake CPU and later this year Raptor Lake plus AMD Ryzen 7000 chips, as all these platforms support DDR5.
Of course, that’s the expected trajectory when a new RAM standard arrives, and it happened with DDR4 when it was introduced. For starters, RAM is exorbitantly priced, and the cost drops to a more palatable level (not to mention faster performing modules are also brought in as the technology matures).
How far will prices drop for DDR5? Well, the mention of the sweet spot for 2023 indicates a normalization of prices more towards the DDR4 level next year, which would certainly be nice to see.
With Black Friday not too far off now, and these apparent price drops in the pipeline, we wouldn’t bet against there being some pretty tasty deals on the horizon for DDR5 memory.
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