In short: Intel is expected to introduce its Alder Lake processors to enthusiasts in the coming weeks, with the motherboards already hitting some retail stores. The good news is there will be a variety of DDR5 memory kits to choose from, but the price and availability may disappoint enthusiasts looking to upgrade to a new platform.
RAM manufacturers are struggling to release DDR5 memory kits in time for Intel’s Alder Lake line of processors, which are expected to be phased out in the coming weeks. Some, like TeamGroup, have been trying to sell their DDR5 kits since June, but availability mostly worked against them. PNY is preparing DDR5-4800 kits coming in the coming weeks, but that’s all we know about it.
The latest manufacturer to join the race is GeIL, which was so excited about the latest DRAM standard that it began selling Polaris DDR5-4800 memory modules at Amazon and Newegg before the official announcement it happened earlier today. The company says its new line of Polaris RGB DDR5 memory modules is aimed at early adopters of Intel Alder Lake and AMD Zen 4 platforms.
GeIL Polaris RGB DDR5-4800 CL40 modules will operate at 1.1 V and will be available in 8, 16 and 32 GB versions. They adhere strictly to the JEDEC standard, which means they don’t offer any XMP profiles. For those looking for more speed, the company will soon release a 16GB DDR5-5200 CL34 module operating at 1.15V and a 16GB DDR5-5600 CL38 module operating at 1.25V, as well as dual channel kits. They will come with XMP 3.0 support for easy overclocking.
The new DDR5 memory modules will come with heatsinks in red, titanium gray and white, as well as regular RGB lighting, and GeIL says they won’t interfere with most CPU coolers. In terms of price, the 32GB 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 Asus Z690 motherboards will sell for relatively affordable prices, and Alder Lake processors won’t be much more expensive than their Rocket Lake counterparts.