GeIL launches DDR5-5600 memory kits, and they're already sold out

nanoguy

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In brief: Intel is expected to unveil its enthusiast-grade Alder Lake CPUs in the coming weeks, and motherboards are already popping up at some retailers. The good news is there will be a variety of DDR5 memory kits to choose from, but pricing and availability may disappoint enthusiasts who want to upgrade to the new platform.

RAM manufacturers are scrambling to release DDR5 memory kits in time for Intel’s Alder Lake CPU lineup, which is expected to break cover in the coming weeks. Some like TeamGroup have been trying to sell their DDR5 kits since June, but availability has mostly worked against them. PNY is readying DDR5-4800 kits that will arrive in the coming weeks, but that’s about all we know about that.

The latest manufacturer to join the race is GeIL, which was so excited about the latest DRAM standard that it started selling Polaris DDR5-4800 memory modules on Amazon and Newegg before their official announcement that happened earlier today. The company says its new Polaris RGB DDR5 lineup are targeted at early adopters for Intel’s Alder Lake and AMD’s Zen 4 platforms.

GeIL’s Polaris RGB DDR5-4800 CL40 modules will operate at 1.1 V and will come in 8-gigabyte, 16-gigabyte, and 32-gigabyte variants. These adhere strictly to the JEDEC standard, meaning they won’t offer any XMP profiles. For people who want more speed, the company will soon release a 16-gigabyte DDR5-5200 CL34 module that operates at 1.15 V, and a 16-gigabyte DDR5-5600 CL38 module that operates at 1.25 V, as well as dual channel kits. These will come with XMP 3.0 support for easy overclocking.

The new DDR5 memory modules will come with red, titanium grey, and white heatsinks, as well as the customary RGB lighting, and GeIL says they won’t interfere with most CPU coolers. As for pricing, a 32-gigabyte DDR5-4800 kit will set you back $349.99 and can be found at Amazon and Newegg. If that sounds expensive, know that at least the Z690 motherboards coming from Asus will come at relatively palatable prices, and Alder Lake CPUs won’t be much more expensive than their Rocket Lake counterparts.

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VitalyT

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Sold out to whom? What perverse buyers would be buying up in bulk memory modules for a platform that doesn't even exist yet?

I think the answer is simple - nobody. They just roll out a tiny number of modules to advertise themselves. Those are bought out either by early testers or partners. In all, it is a ghost product that end users do not need. Also, early tests all point out that it even lags behind good DDR4 modules.
 

Austinturner

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Have there been any tests using some of the alder lake samples floating around of low latency DDR4 vs the first DDR5 high latency modules?
 

yRaz

Posts: 3,915   +4,200
Sold out to whom? What perverse buyers would be buying up in bulk memory modules for a platform that doesn't even exist yet?

I think the answer is simple - nobody. They just roll out a tiny number of modules to advertise themselves. Those are bought out either by early testers or partners. In all, it is a ghost product that end users do not need. Also, early tests all point out that it even lags behind good DDR4 modules.
that or *drum roll* Scalpers
 

kiwigraeme

Posts: 679   +512
Wish these people good luck .

Getting CPU of choice
Getting new M/B of choice
Getting new DDR5 of choice
Getting new GPU of choice
Getting a new Case that can handle 2 PSUs ( one M/B , one GPU )
all for manufacturer's recommended price

Built 20 PCs in your life - now getting fear like the first build with you do your powerup - as no easy way to test all faults or get a speedy replacement - oh will just grab some working DDR5 I already do not have
 

Mr Majestyk

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Triple face palm, oh well someone has to go first to be stupid enough to get bent over on pricing and crap performance. By the time Zen4 ships these will look like second rate junk.
 

RaXelliX

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Sold out to whom? What perverse buyers would be buying up in bulk memory modules for a platform that doesn't even exist yet?

I think the answer is simple - nobody. They just roll out a tiny number of modules to advertise themselves. Those are bought out either by early testers or partners. In all, it is a ghost product that end users do not need. Also, early tests all point out that it even lags behind good DDR4 modules.
Spot on. Earlier TeamGroup sold their DDR5 to god knows who.