Corsair announce DDR5 RAM kits: Where to buy, specs, release date

From the pits of the tech world, DDR5 rises from its bubbling pot to bring you those delicious next-generation speeds and performance. DDR5 is brand new and as such, you will need to get your hands on new motherboards to fully take advantage of the fresh RAM sticks you’ve installed in your PC.

DDR5 compatibility launches alongside the new motherboards hitting store shelves in November, with manufacturers like Gigabyte, MSI, and ASUS already loading up storefronts as seen in the accidental surfacing of the products by Newegg.

Pricing on DDR5 has been wildly all over the place, as it’s brand new, you’re going to see prices in the hundreds of dollars rather than your typical $70 for a 16GB kit. Along with the pandemic causing shortages of electronics, expect these to stay pretty high in price for at least the next couple of years.

At some point, early DDR5 kits were going for nearly $350, so be wary. Best Buy now has the Dominator version live on their site, along with some motherboards from MSI.

The kits are set to launch on November 4th.

Where to buy Corsair DDR5:

Corsair VENGEANCE DDR5 specs

FEATURE DESCRIPTION
Densities32GB
Speeds5200MHz
Latencies38-38-38-84
FormatUDIMM
Voltage1.25V
LEDN/A
# LEDSN/A
Software ControlCORSAIR iCUE
Pin Out288 Pin
XMPIntel® XMP 3.0
HeatspreaderAluminum

Corsair DOMINATOR DDR5 Specs

FEATUREDESCRIPTION
Densities32GB
64GB
SpeedsDDR5-4800
DDR5-5200
Latencies34-35-35-69
38-38-38-84
FormatUDIMM
Voltage1.1V
1.25V
LEDCORSAIR CAPELLIX RGB LED
# of LEDs12
Software ControlCORSAIR iCUE
Pin Out288 Pin
XMPIntel® XMP 3.0
HeatspreaderAluminum
ColorsBlack
White

DDR5 Features

Corsair is promoting this as the true next revolution for your performance needs, which will go nicely with the upcoming Alder Lake CPUs from Intel which is all supposed to launch in November. This includes ‘cutting edge performance’ that is ‘better than previous generations’. While we can’t actually get any benchmarks just yet, we’re positive that they’re not just wowing us with pretty lights and words.

The Vengeance models appear to be more in line with what normal, regular humans buy. The Dominator seems much more flashy but actually appears to house a bit more of a kick over its low-profile cousin. Again, you won’t be able to get the full performance out of these if you slap them into your motherboard as is, this is one of those times where if you’re going to upgrade, you’ll be upgrading two or three things all at once.

Or maybe building a new PC?