It has been almost a year since the first DDR5 memory appeared on the market. With Alder Lake, Intel released a first platform with support for that memory type, which seemed to herald the end of DDR4.
The release of DDR5 just wasn’t exactly smooth. DDR5 sets were barely available in stores around the release of Alder Lake and in the months that followed. The sets that were sold were also offered at extortionate prices. Fortunately, Alder Lake also supported DDR4 memory, which has been relatively cheap in the shops for a long time. Because of those price differences, DDR4 was the best option for many users at the end of last year.