It won't be long before the first consumer DDR5 memory kits arrive in detail, in anticipation of Alder Lake's upcoming Intel CPUs. These kits will start at DDR5-4800. However, if you want to make one more run in DDR4, you can grab an even faster kit at a decent price.
Specifically, G.Skill’s 16GB Ripjaws Series V kit (2x8GB) from DDR4-5066 is on sale at Newegg for $ 149.99. It’s not a huge drop, just a $ 20 savings from the price listed, but I was surprised to see a memory kit in that speed range that was sold south for $ 200.
G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-5066 | CL 20 |
$ 169.99 $ 149.99 to Newegg (save $ 20)
This is the least expensive Newegg memory kit running on DDR4-5000 or higher. Most people don't need this kind of speed, but at a relatively low price, you can enjoy a higher frequency than you might be inclined to buy.See offer
Ordering through Newegg’s collection of DDR4-5000 kits and higher versions, this is the one that costs the least for at least $ 50. The next cheapest is a 16GB kit from TridentZ RGB DDR4-5066 from G.Skill for $ 199.99. Even in DDR4-4800 territory (the same speed that DDR5 will start), the price is about the same.
Do you need this kind of speed on a DDR4 platform? Probably not. He the best RAM for gaming is not necessarily the highest frequency that can be purchased. Climb higher than DDR4-3600 begins to embark on the point of declining yields, for the most part. But if you want to try overclocking at an enthusiastic level or just want to enjoy a high quality high frequency kit, you can do it here without destroying your bank account.
Then there is the question of whether it makes sense to buy a DDR4 kit right now, with DDR5 approaching. It depends on your situation. If you want to expand your current platform and need a RAM upgrade, of course, go for it. It’s also worth mentioning that Alder Lake will support both DDR4 and DDR5 (not just on the same motherboard). So if you’re going to buy a DDR4 kit, it could be argued to buy more speed than you need right now.