If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Need DDR5 memory for Ryzen 7000? These Black Friday RAM deals can help

Cutting the costs of a RAM switch

Upgrading to an AMD Ryzen 5 7600X or Ryzen 7 7700X could prove trickier than with an Intel equivalent, as while the latest Core CPUs give you a choice of using DDR4 or DDR5 memory, the Ryzen 7000 family is only compatible with the newer and more expensive DDR5. There’s no re-using old DDR4 sticks with AMD’s latest and greatest, then, but with this week’s Black Friday deals you could get a brand new DDR5 kit for less.

These are the single best-priced DDR5 deals that I’ve found for the UK and US crowds respectively, excluding any where the RAM modules themselves gave me bad vibes or were – yeurgh – single channel. For us Brits, there’s the Kingston Fury Beast 16GB kit in its non-RGB design, while in the States, there’s $10 off TeamGroup’s T-Force Vulcan 16GB kit. I know that’s not as big a name in memory as Kingston, but I’ve used Vulcan RAM myself and it’s fine.

UK deal:

Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 16GB (2x8GB) - £73 from Amazon UK (was £86)

US deal:

TeamGroup T-Force Vulcan DDR5 16GB (2x8GB) - $90 from Newegg (was $100)

These come not a moment too soon, frankly. Not just because Ryzen 7000 chips have some Black Friday deals of their own, but also because DDR5 has remained powerfully pricier than DDR4 since the former became widely available last year. That’s despite minimal in-game performance differences between the two: the much higher bandwidth of DDR5 is balanced out by its higher CAS latencies, so most current kits aren’t actually much faster than good-quality DDR4.

However, there is a futureproofing advantage to choosing a DDR5-based PC build. One that AMD are banking on, really: DDR5 latency will drop as manufacturers continue to develop it, likely to the point where it is simply faster than DDR4 outright. Sticking to DDR4 RAM and motherboards is cheaper in the short term, then, but it will probably become obsolete just as DDR3 did. For similar reasons, too.

Of course, if you want a Ryzen 7000, then you don’t have much choice. But you can take solace in knowing that a) you’re getting on the next-gen RAM train in good time and b) you saved some cash by taking advantage of one of these deals. I’m assuming. Did you?

About the Author
James Archer avatar

James Archer

Hardware Editor

James retired from writing about Dota for RPS to write about hardware for RPS. His favourite watercooler radiator size is 280mm and he always takes advantage of RGB lighting by setting everything to a solid light blue.

Support Rock Paper Shotgun and get your first month for £1

Get your first month for £1 (normally £3.99) when you buy a Standard Rock Paper Shotgun subscription. Enjoy ad-free browsing, our monthly letter from the editor, and discounts on RPS merch. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information
Comments
Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Buy RPS stuff here
Rock Paper Shotgun Merch