Manufacturers such as MSI have warned that DDR5 memory will carry a premium as high as 50 to 60 percent, but even those numbers may have been an understatement. As spotted by PCMag, DDR5 RAM is now being listed with prices as high as $2,399 on auction sites such as eBay—an extreme markup over MSRP. They include Corsair’s Dominator Platinum RGB, which is normally sold for around $359.99.

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From PCMag:

A month ago, retailers began selling the next-generation memory for between $116 to $369, an already-pricey amount compared to DDR4 RAM. But now the products seem to be sold out everywhere, except for eBay, where DDR5 RAM kit costs are becoming obscene.

For example, some merchants are trying to sell 16GB DDR5 RAM kits from Oloy for $800 or more when the product’s original retail price was only a mere $159.99.

Other merchants are hoping to sell their DDR5 RAM kits with 32GB memory for between $1,200 to $2,500. Another listing for two 32GB kits from Corsair is calling on buyers to fork over $5,000.

eBay’s own Terapeak tool seems to confirm that richer (or more desperate) builders are actually paying these prices. According to recent stats, multiple DDR5 RAM kits were sold for between $1,099 and $2,500.

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IC Chip reported last week that the lack of DDR5 inventory is primarily owed to power management chip shortages. Sources say that these components now cost 10x more than their DDR4 counterparts and are taking as long as 35 weeks to procure.

Source: PCMag

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  1. Gaming PC the 2022 edition (including monitor!), Entry level pc is 2500, mid range 3500 and top range starts at 4500… Tbh, feels like we been there already for while.
    I’m hoping valves deck will bring me back to pc gaming. Seems I game less and less and when I do, I drink dos X ( blech!) And play in the console.
  2. This was an issue that nobody expected and caught the market completely flat-footed. Oh wait.. no I mean everyone expected and is just more of the same.
  3. Does this fall under logistics logjam, intentional malfeasance, or procurement/managerial incompetence on the bingo score card? Not sure which box I get to claim for this one.
  4. Gaming PC the 2022 edition (including monitor!), Entry level pc is 2500, mid range 3500 and top range starts at 4500… Tbh, feels like we been there already for while.
    I’m hoping valves deck will bring me back to pc gaming. Seems I game less and less and when I do, I drink dos X ( blech!) And play in the console.

    Yeah, I think the days when you could build a really nice gaming rig for ~$1k are gone. If the NZXT Foundation rigs are anything of a harbinger, it looks like we’ll be lucky to see "entry level" under $1k going forward.

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