with the launch of Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors near the end of the year, we’re nearing the transition to the next generation of DRAM. At the moment, nearly every consumer and data-center system leverages DDR4 or one of its derivatives. The fourth iteration of DDR has been in use for more than seven years now and as such the shift to DDR5 is going to be a major event for the entire industry.
Like the previous transition, the switch to DDR5 is expected to take at least a couple of years, and for that very reason, Intel’s 12th Gen processors are designed to support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory. According to research firm Yole Development, however, statistics show that shipments of DDR5 memory kits should surpass DDR4 in 2023 itself. That’s just a bit over a year since its introduction.
While the number of modules leveraging DDR5 is expected to be relatively limited towards the end of 2021, the coming year should see plenty of vendors investing in the technology. The penetration rate is expected to cross 25% in 2022, with the overall shares expected to surpass 50% sometime in 2023.
The primary reason for the increased adoption of DDR5 boils down to increased competition in both the memory and CPU market. Recently, memory prices have been growing at a steady rate, and the market has responded quite well. With both AMD and Intel switching to DDR5-based systems fully by the end of 2022, certain eastern vendors will start offering kits at more affordable prices, forcing the competition to respond in a similar manner.