While browsing the internet this evening I found a news post that started quoting UK pricing for DDR4. Given the length of time between now and the official DDR4 launch, and given that DRAM manufacturers are already announcing their kits, a quick trip to the shopping part of Google gave some interesting numbers. Several DDR4 kits had prices listed, all from one UK retailer and all from Crucial.

All the kits on offer are quad channel, with 4x8 GB and 4x4 GB kits. Notice they are all pre-order, stating a 29/8/14 ETA (or 8/29 for the US) – the end of August.

The kits at hand are offered in several speeds and price points. Note the prices above in orange are UK pricing, which includes our 20% sales tax: the black price underneath is excluding sales tax.  Here is the price comparison without tax:

2133 C16: £141.66 for 4x4GB, or £8.85 / GB
2133 C16: £274.99 for 4x8GB, or £8.59 / GB

2400 C16: £149.99 for 4x4GB, or £9.37 / GB
2400 C16: £299.99 for 4x8GB, or £9.37 / GB

2666 C15: £199.99 for 4x4GB, or £12.50 / GB
2666 C15: £399.99 for 4x8GB, or £12.50 / GB

3000 C15: £274.99 for 4x4GB, or £17.19 / GB
3000 C15: £555.55 for 4x8GB, or £17.36 / GB

Aside from the obvious price premium over DDR3, as is normal for a new technology, it is worth noting that 4x4 GB of the 3000 C15 is the same price as 4x8 GB of the 2133 C16. If Crucial are this early out of the gate with online listings, the other DRAM manufacturers should not be far behind.

Source: OverclockersUK

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  • frenchy_2001 - Monday, August 4, 2014 - link

    Graphic cards have not skipped anything. They use DDR3 (for cheap ones) or GDDR5 (which is a graphic centric evolution of DDR3. Higher bandwidth with higher latency).
    I am sure the cheap cards will switch to DDR4 when it makes sense cost-wise, while they may develop higher graphic memory based on DDR4 if needed.
  • DanNeely - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    Look at the faster parts; 2400 is also C16, while 2666 and 3000 and C15. The 2133 and 2400 are clearly dump parts for low binned chips (which shouldn't be surprising since they're DDR3 1066/1200 equivalents). DDR4 3000 C15 is the rough equivalent to DDR3 1500 C7.5 which is much better than the timings modulusshift is talking about; and in terms of latency in ns corresponds to an equivalent of 2250/ C11.25.
  • Impulses - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    To think I bought my current 1600 4x4GB DDR3 kit for like $60, and that was a year and a half ago.
  • HisDivineOrder - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    Them were the days, weren't they?

    That's the ultimate problem with the value proposition of Haswell-E. They finally get around to making it so a hexacore CPU is going to be priced at a halfway decent, easily justifiable price point and then they build it around a memory tech that will make up for every bit of that price difference.

    So close, so far away.
  • ZeDestructor - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    Prices are in-line with DDR3. Welcome to UK "tech tax":

    For an actual comparison, using that exact site, the 4x8GB DDR3-2400 CL11 Corsair kit costs £339.95 (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prod... (with the same kit on amazon.com costing $359.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-2400MHz-Me... compared to the 4x8GB DDR4-2400 CL16 Crucial kit which costs £359.99 (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prod...

    If you ask me, £20.04 difference is completely acceptable for brand new tech with what will be extremely low demand from consumers because it will be X99/LGA2011-3 only, and LGA2011 Core i7 users are fairly rare, with most LGA2011 users using Xeons with ECC memory and not caring about prices.

    I'm slightly surprised at CL15-16 though.. I expected CL12-14 personally...
  • trichome333 - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    I got an 8gb kit of Crucial Ballistix free with an $80 Biostar mobo about that long ago too. Both have been solid. Although I remember getting a summer job to get an extra 4mb for my rig to play DOOM II =) Before that I couldnt load Windows because it would leave me short on RAM lol. Had to load her up in DOS.
  • Kevin G - Monday, August 4, 2014 - link

    Aye. I remember picking up some 16 GB registered ECC modules around the same time frame for $125 USD per DIMM. Memory was cheap back then.
  • R3MF - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    wake me up when we get to 3200 speeds for ~£8/GB
  • haukionkannel - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    Sleep well ;-)

    It will take some time. If we look back when ddr3 was released these seems to be "reasonable" priced compared to that time. Of course after that there was fierce competition that reduced the price of DDR3 to quite low. Not going to happen this time, when considering the price of DD3 at this moment. So few makers in the market these days...
  • StrangerGuy - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link

    There highly unlikely that there will be yet another record low <$100 for 16GB DDR4 like the case in DDR3, unfortunately. Desktop/laptops that uses traditional DIMMs are in decline, the number of DRAM manufacturers have shrunk, plus they would rather cater to LPDDR and NAND production which are much more in demand. Lastly, they won't be gullible enough again to overproduce DDR just because there is another new version of Windows around the corner.

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