The ongoing chip shortage is now affecting gaming RAM prices and availability


It’s been a tough couple of years for anybody wanting to purchase one of the best graphics playing cards, because the ongoing chip shortage has dramatically affected availability, leading to grossly inflated prices for even entry stage GPUs. It’s dangerous sufficient that Intel and Nvidia CEOs reckon this might stick with it all through subsequent 12 months, however now one of the best gaming RAM has additionally fallen sufferer to the shortage.

Intel’s new Alder Lake processors are the primary desktop processors to help DDR5 RAM, however a report by 12chip (through Wccftech) means that anybody seeking to improve their gaming PC with workforce blue’s CPUs can have a tough time discovering a single stick of reminiscence.

The cause for the shortage seems to be attributable to the PMIC (energy administration built-in circuits) on DDR5 RAM. While PMIC chips have been used on earlier reminiscence requirements, DDR5 strikes energy administration away from the motherboard and onto the reminiscence module itself, which requires a brand new model of the half.

To make issues worse, sources declare, “the purchase price of the PMIC chip to be used in DDR5 memory is ten times more expensive than the corresponding chip in DDR4, and the procurement cycle is at least 35 weeks.” This means we will seemingly anticipate inventory shortages and inflated prices for the DDR5 RAM to stay round nicely into subsequent 12 months.

Thankfully, DDR4 is nonetheless a lot quick and is supported throughout all AMD and Intel processors. However, in case you seize one in all workforce blue’s greatest gaming CPUs from its Alder Lake lineup, you’ll need to be certain that your motherboard helps the DDR4 specification.