DDR4 TO DDR5 TRANSITION

Next year the first consumer motherboards supporting the new DDR5 memory will herald the migration looking forward. The first wave of DDR5 motherboards will be expensive.

DDR4 memory has undergone extensive price erosion which is one of the reasons for the change. Gaming DDR4 systems top out at 128GB. DDR5 will bump that up to 256GB and eventually 512GB.

Having 1TB of RAM on a PC seems to be outright esoteric. Such a vast amount of RAM is surreal and it’s into a realm of supercomputing that few have ventured near.

32GB DDR4 DIMMs entered at $1000 per. Now they have fallen over time to under $100.

64GB DDR4 DIMMs are available for server machines. Server memory often has 2 rows of RAM on each side of the DIMM. 32GB DDR4 prices have fallen substantially.

The performance of the first generation chipsets will likely be replaced in 2022 with refined designs. Looking back at AMD DDR4 motherboards, it took 3 generations to reach the performance levels found with X570.

DDR5 will likely launch with PCIe 5.0 which has now been standardized. PCIe 5.0 speeds are double the speeds of PCIe 4.0 which will benefit corporate needs more than consumer needs.

Given the large pool of DDR4 based gaming machines, a few will grab the first generation DDR5 parts. The rest will likely sit back and wait for prices to soften.

RECENT PRICES CHECK WITH NEWEGG AND AMAZON

CAPACITYCOST PER DIMM
2048MBno longer available
4096MB< $20
8192MB< $30
16384MB< $45
32768MB< $100
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