But to whom are you selling it?
TeamGroup is set to become the first producer to mass-produce DDR5. Whether or not it is an accomplishment is debatable, given it will be a few months before Intel or AMD develop a platform capable of running DDR5. Regardless, it’s really awesome.
TeamGroup’s first DDR5 kit contains two 16 GB sticks of DDR5-4800. They run with CL40-40-40-77 timings, sip 1.1 V, and are rated for 38.4 GB/s of bandwidth. By the end of the month or the start of the next, the kit will launch as “Elite U-DIMM DDR5” on Amazon, Amazon Japan, Newegg, and with a few unnamed European retailers. Its MSRP: $400.
You should not buy it, at least not immediately soon. Even TeamGroup advises getting an Intel 600-series motherboard first, which means waiting until Alder Lake is out later this year. However, just because it is DDR5, it does not automatically make it the finest memory on the market.
DDR4-4800 kits are widely available and cost around the same. They’re also quicker, at least on the surface: a low-cost (relatively speaking) DDR4-4800 kit could have CL19-28-28-48 timings, but a high-end kit might go all the way down to CL17-19-19-39.
However, pure performance was never the aim. TeamGroup’s initial attempt into DDR5 is simply the JEDEC basic standard. And it’s far superior than the DDR4 basic specification, being more than twice as quick. When DDR4 initially became available, the first few kits were not much better than the best DDR3 modules.
However, a memory standard is much more than merely speed. DDR5 has on-die SEC ECC (single-error correction code) to decrease errors, a doubling burst length to enhance bandwidth, and on-board voltage control to allow for greater overclocking. DDR5 will be overclocked to 8400 MHz, according to SK Hynix.
Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake platform is expected to be the first to support DDR5 when it launches in late 2021, closely followed by AMD’s Zen 4. Presumably, TeamGroup will be facing some stiffer competition by then.