DDR5 prices continue to fall, with 8 GB modules now cheaper than ever.

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DDR5 memory module prices will continue to fall in 2022 and 2023 as the new memory standard becomes more widely adopted.

DDR5 would have seen greater adoption in the PC market if not for the high memory premiums. When combined with other computer components, consumers were forced to seek out more affordable solutions for their PC rigs. Because of this difficulty in the PC market, board manufacturers created separate motherboards with identical configurations to support DDR4 and DDR5 memory.

While the current price decline is beneficial to consumers, it will be detrimental to manufacturers attempting to match last year’s sales figures. Memory kits from companies such as Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, and PNY are currently available on Amazon for between $63 and $130 for 16 GB DDR5 memory kits (8 GB x 2 module kits).

This coming year will be ideal for consumers looking to incorporate DDR5 into more PCs, as current pricing does not appear to rise during 2023. Furthermore, DDR4 kits cost slightly less than DDR5 kits, implying that consumers will have to spend less to future-proof their systems for the next few years.

Many of the lower prices are attributed to DRAM manufacturers having large amounts of overstock and sellers attempting to maintain but not overstock their inventories. NAND manufacturers are also seeing a nearly 20% drop in sales of TLC NAND over the last quarter compared to SLC NAND, which has remained nominal in price throughout the year.

The most significant concern for both consumers and manufacturers revolves around manufacturing costs. Assume that businesses are unable to maintain the current memory level for consumer sale. In that case, they will have to slow down production, which may result in a complete stop, disrupting the memory flow on the available global marketplace.

News Sources: DigiTimesTom’s Hardware

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