The DDR5 era has officially begun, but not really. By that I mean, the first consumer DDR5 RAM kit has found its way to retail locations, including Amazon i Newegg, but if you buy one, you have to sit there until Alder Lake arrives later this year.
This is because there are still no consumer platforms that support DDR5 memory. That will change with Alder Lake and Intel's 600 Series chipset, both launched before the calendar becomes a new year. However, TeamGroup decided not to wait and has released a 32GB DDR5-4800 retail kit.
The "Elite" kit, as labeled, consists of two 16 GB modules. Schedules are quite loose at 40-40-40-77. To put these figures into perspective, G.Skill’s 32GB (2x16GB) Trident Z DDR4-4800 memory kit has a much tighter time between 20-30-30-50.
Technically, you will have the option to choose between DDR5 and DDR4 memory when Alder Lake arrives, as it will support both types of memory. However, it is not on the same motherboard, and it remains to be seen how the DDR4 boards for Alder Lake will compare to the DDR5 boards (both in terms of performance and available features). But this is a debate for another day.
What about prices? A couple of weeks ago, TeamGroup said its 32GB DDR5-4800 memory kit would be available for purchase. at the end of the month for $ 400. It’s actually a little cheaper – Amazon and Newegg had it on the list for $ 311 before the kit ran out.
Actually, this is not terrible for speed and capacity, in addition to being a new generation product. However, you should not buy it, even if it is back in stock. On the one hand, TeamGroup's first DDR5 kit adheres to JEDEC's basic specifications. The fastest kits will inevitably materialize, as we have seen in DDR4 land: retail DDR4 kits reach up to 5,333 MT / s, which is much higher than JEDEC’s 3,200 MT / s designation.
Secondly, it makes no sense to buy a memory kit, just to sit on it for several months because you can’t do anything about it. Well, that’s not entirely true – you can use one of the DIMMs as a short grater, but there are much cheaper alternatives for that sort of thing.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see how DDR5 affects performance when Alder Lake arrives, followed by the release of AMD’s Zen 4 next year. We are also curious to see which other DDR5 kits are presented in detail this year and if any of them will be faster than 4,800 MT / s.