Although the first systems that will need DDR4 memory modules will emerge on the market in several months, at least one store in Japan has already began to offer DDR4 memory sticks. Unfortunately, the price of the memory modules is very high even by Japanese standards.
Akiba PC Hotline reports that at least one store in the famous Akihabara shopping district started to sell 8GB 288-pin PC4-17066 DDR4 unbuffered memory modules rated to run at 2133MHz with CL15 15-15-50 (CL tRDC-tRP-tRC) timings and 1.2V operating voltage. The modules are based on chips made by SK Hynix and were assembled by SanMax Technologies.
Two 8GB DDR4 memory modules cost ¥35980 ($353, £207, €260), whereas four of such memory sticks will cost already ¥69980 ($647, £380, €505). While the modules are clearly aimed at enthusiasts, their prices seem to be rather excessive. Probably, those people, who already have obtained DDR4-supporting processors and mainboards from “unofficial” sources will pay almost any amount of money for memory modules. However, if one can obtain processors and mainboards from “unofficial” sources, he or she probably can get memory modules from them as well.
The first desktop platform to use the DDR4 memory will be Intel’s X99 code-named Wellsburg. The platform will support Intel Core i7 “Haswell-E” 5000-series high-end desktop processors with up to eight cores. The new microprocessors and the X99 chipset will be officially released on the 14th of September.
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KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see how much DDR4 memory will cost when launched officially this September. The current prices of entry-level DDR4 modules are higher than the prices of enthusiast-class hand-picked DDR3 solutions.