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TeamGroup's DDR5 Modules to Arrive Late June: Specs & Price Revealed

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TeamGroup said on Friday that it would start sales of its DDR5-4800 memory modules in late June, early July in a bid to address demand from enthusiasts who plan to adopt Intel's upcoming Alder Lake processors as soon as they become available later this year. The initial modules from Team Group will feature a JEDEC standard data transfer rate and timings. 

TeamGroup's Elite DDR5 series will be one of the industry's first 16GB DDR5 dual-channel memory kit that can work in a DDR5-4800 CL40 40-40-77 mode at 1.1 Volts with Intel's Alder Lake processors. The Elite DDR5 modules are equipped with a build-in power management IC (PMIC) and a voltage regulator module (VRM), just as JEDEC's standard mandates. 

TeamGroup said that its Elite DDR5-4800 dual-channel 32GB (2x16GB) kit will be available from Amazon US, Newegg, Amazon Japan, and various major retailers in Europe in late June or early July. This kit is not going to be cheap though as it will carry an MSRP of $399.99. By contrast, a 16GB DDR4-4800 kit can now be obtained for $135 ~ $200 depending on the brand and supported features.

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DDR5 memory could have an edge over DDR4 as far as performance is concerned. The new specification supports numerous capabilities to enable high data rates, long-term I/O scalability, and real-world efficiency, including on-die single error correction (SEC) ECC, DFE (decision feedback equalizer) to eliminate reflective noise at high frequencies, improved training modes, on-die termination, and two independent 32/40-bit I/O channels (non-ECC/ECC) per module. Micron estimated a couple of years ago that that DDR5 DRAM would be 28% ~ 36% more efficient than DDR4 at the same I/O speeds.  

TeamGroup will also expand its DDR5 lineup with T-Force and Xtreme series memory kits that will feature hand-picked DDR5 DRAM chips, enhanced power supply, and cooling to offer performance beyond what JEDEC standards offer. Enthusiast-grade memory kits from TeamGroup will likely join our ranks of best memory modules and be available later this year (perhaps after Alder Lake hits the market), but their prices are unknown at this point.

  • TheAlphaFury
    On the TeamGroup website it says 16GBx2 instead of the 8GBx2 you reported here!
    "The initial launch of TEAMGROUP ELITE DDR5 memory module will support 16GBx2 of capacity at a frequency of 4800MHz, with a voltage of 1.1V CL40-40-40-77"
    I'm confused by all this!
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  • hannibal
    Cheaper than I expected… lets see…
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  • Entropy&Insanity
    TheAlphaFury said:
    On the TeamGroup website it says 16GBx2 instead of the 8GBx2 you reported here!
    "The initial launch of TEAMGROUP ELITE DDR5 memory module will support 16GBx2 of capacity at a frequency of 4800MHz, with a voltage of 1.1V CL40-40-40-77"
    I'm confused by all this!
    That's what you get when writers don't conduct due diligence just to get a flashy byline. Good reporters and writers are a dying breed.
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  • cryoburner
    hannibal said:
    Cheaper than I expected… lets see…
    The performance of these kits is likely to be worse than many DDR4 kits available for under $100. That CL40 latency is likely to kill any performance gains the higher frequency brings. That works out to close to 17ns of absolute latency, much higher than that of reasonably-priced DDR4-3600 kits with latencies in the 9-12ns range. The mere 33% frequency gain over commonly available DDR4-3600 is likely to be outweighed by the even higher latencies. DDR5-4800 will be a bit like like what DDR4-2133 was to the current generation of RAM. Not exactly worth paying a huge premium for.

    Entropy&Insanity said:
    That's what you get when writers don't conduct due diligence just to get a flashy byline. Good reporters and writers are a dying breed.
    I don't see anything about pricing listed on that page though, so it's hard to say if they are referring to the same kit. Realistically, I would expect them to offer this RAM in both 2x8GB and 2x16GB kits, among others. But even 32GB for $400 would be excessive if the performance doesn't match that of DDR4 kits of the same capacity available for less than half the price.
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