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Wait on That RAM Upgrade! Prices Set To Nosedive in H2

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September 1, 2011 11:17:55 PM

awesome news :) 
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September 1, 2011 11:22:02 PM

This is great for those who are building a new machine with the bulldozer chips like myself!
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September 1, 2011 11:24:52 PM

yea well...how about releasing ddr4 already? That will get the market going again.
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September 1, 2011 11:31:05 PM

I just spent $59 for 8GB of ddr3..how much lower could they go?
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September 1, 2011 11:31:40 PM

Sweet, I don't need more than 8GB, but... why the hell not? :D 
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September 1, 2011 11:36:42 PM

hmm might upgrade to something with better timings
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September 1, 2011 11:38:21 PM

Wow..built my computer no more than a year ago and spent $105 on 4GB of DDR3 1600. Fml..oh well. time to upgrade to 8GB I guess:) 
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September 1, 2011 11:38:54 PM

Out of slots on my Asus MB. Using Kingston DDR2 ECC (non-registered) with my Phenom 9550 but maybe it's time for a new CPU+MB+RAM.
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September 1, 2011 11:40:11 PM

aft_lizard01I just spent $59 for 8GB of ddr3..how much lower could they go?



I saw 8GB for $29 on Newegg recently.. lol
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September 1, 2011 11:44:17 PM

aft_lizard01I just spent $59 for 8GB of ddr3..how much lower could they go?


I've been seeing them for 35 after rebate or 45 no rebate every week. Espeically in Newegg's shell shockers deals.
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September 2, 2011 12:00:27 AM

soldier37: 16GB of DDR3 1600 is already piss-cheap today, I'm not sure what magical pricepoint you're hoping for...
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September 2, 2011 12:10:04 AM

Yea I feel like RAM is the component where I've seen the biggest price drops over the last year. I built a computer in probably April 2010, paid $170 for 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3. Built a computer last week (August, 2011), paid $65 for 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 (low voltage ram, too).
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September 2, 2011 12:19:25 AM

If prices drop enough I can pick up a 4GB DDR3 SODIMM for my laptop.
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September 2, 2011 12:25:45 AM

Sad, I paid about $190 for 6gb of cas6 1600mhz ram... don't think you can even buy cas6 today.
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September 2, 2011 12:31:09 AM

RAM prices have already dropped significantly over the last year, with DDR3 prices well below what DDR2 prices were two years ago. (Prior to the Q3/Q4 2009 RAM price increase).

If RAM gets much cheaper, vendors may as well give it away...
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September 2, 2011 12:44:45 AM

I hope the 12 GB, CL 7, triple channel kits drop drastically. They still hover well over a hundred dollars.
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September 2, 2011 1:04:49 AM

Amazing how cheap ram has gotten. I would like to see 8GB & 16GB modules get to market. At $1.25 for 16GB, that's only $20. I'd pick up enough to fill every slot on every system I have access to. Not that I can think of anything, even from Microsoft, that could use 3 or 4 sticks of 16GB.

I still remember back in the day getting an amazing price on 4 MB simms (early 486 days) $351 (inc tax) each, if I bought enough to max out my workstation (16 slots) - $5,616. Now you can get 1000x that amount for under $100.
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September 2, 2011 1:36:47 AM

i wonder what this means for bloatware...
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September 2, 2011 1:45:57 AM

DDR and DDR2 prices are still very high. I would have thought that there would be more profit in making these older chips.
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September 2, 2011 1:48:32 AM

Time to build that 24 GB RAM machine I've always wanted. Oh wait...apps are still 32-bit. Useless!
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September 2, 2011 1:51:21 AM

Even though I just ordered a 8gb kit an hour ago I'll likely buy a second if prices are indeed much lower than they are now just to top things off.
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September 2, 2011 1:59:20 AM

Hello... We ARE in Q3 and this year and RAM prices have already dropped. You can buy 8 GB. of name brand RAM for ~ $60. which is a steal IMO.

BTW, for those who do not know - Mixing of RAM is never recommended and is not guaranteed to work even if the DIMMs are the identical model. See Corsair and other website Upgrade Guides to confirm this. See the various RAM forums for folks who have learned the hard way that unless you buy a Matchded, Tested RAM Kit the RAM may not work as desired or at all.
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September 2, 2011 2:32:53 AM

I'm still running 4x2GB 800 DDR2 and there is absolutely, absolutely no need to upgrade.
Even though I almost did upgrade to 2500K and DDR3 but realized that that my PhenomII B55( 555 X2 unlocked to full 955 X4)@3.6Ghz in marriage with Radeon 6950 flashed to 6970 is more than enough to play all the games at max detail at 1920x1200.

So why upgrade? I know that urge is there but really do we need more than 8 GB? Simple NO. I have not seen my memory go beyond 50% use ever
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September 2, 2011 2:47:53 AM

How much farther can those 2GB sticks really drop? Some of them are down to $30 for a 2x2GB kit. Hopefully this really just means that the faster kits will be coming down in price to meet the 1333MHz kits at rock bottom prices.
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September 2, 2011 2:53:02 AM

Don't care how overkill. Sometime fall or winter, I'm buying 16GB memory. Maybe more for a future build.
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September 2, 2011 2:56:02 AM

maxinexus, if you'd ever used virtual machines before, you'd realise your statement is ridiculous
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September 2, 2011 3:03:53 AM

Face palm, I remember when I bought my Patriot 4GB G series DDR3 1600 for $120 2 years ago... Now it's only $25. All good though, got a Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600 limited edition from the Egg the other day for 49 bucks :D 
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September 2, 2011 3:09:45 AM

maxinexusI'm still running 4x2GB 800 DDR2 and there is absolutely, absolutely no need to upgrade. Even though I almost did upgrade to 2500K and DDR3 but realized that that my PhenomII B55( 555 X2 unlocked to full 955 X4)@3.6Ghz in marriage with Radeon 6950 flashed to 6970 is more than enough to play all the games at max detail at 1920x1200.So why upgrade? I know that urge is there but really do we need more than 8 GB? Simple NO. I have not seen my memory go beyond 50% use ever


I have - I've hit 4.54 GB used, but that was when my CPU was maxed out on video transcoding. Currently have 8 GB, and see no reason to upgrade in the near future (esp. because I was dumb and bought 2GB DIMMs - my board is full :p )
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September 2, 2011 3:16:13 AM

I've been using DDR3 16 GB for almost 2 yrs ...
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September 2, 2011 3:28:37 AM

I already have 12GB DDR3 in this machine, is there anything I can really do with 24GB?

Only thing I can think of would be creating a big RAM disk and just messing with it. I currently struggle to fill more than 8 GB as is.

What other cool things can you do with a huge amount of RAM?
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September 2, 2011 3:33:48 AM

Unless you're using a lot of apps at once or doing CAD, video editing or similar, 8 GB. is enough for most folks. It's also worth noting that when using all four or six RAM slots most mobos lock the RAM speed at the CPU default specified RAM frequency so OC'ing of the RAM is impossible.
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September 2, 2011 3:52:24 AM

How about dropping ddr2 prices pleeb!
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September 2, 2011 4:23:55 AM

qefxAmazing how cheap ram has gotten. I would like to see 8GB & 16GB modules get to market. At $1.25 for 16GB, that's only $20. I'd pick up enough to fill every slot on every system I have access to. Not that I can think of anything, even from Microsoft, that could use 3 or 4 sticks of 16GB.I still remember back in the day getting an amazing price on 4 MB simms (early 486 days) $351 (inc tax) each, if I bought enough to max out my workstation (16 slots) - $5,616. Now you can get 1000x that amount for under $100.


1.25*((16*8)/2)= $80

Based on 2 gigabit chips.
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September 2, 2011 4:26:46 AM

$55 for 12GB DDR3 triplet at local Fry's last week. Yes, prices are going down fast.

More ram means it is possible to run more virtual machines (at least 1GB per machine). Great news for testing and complex development environments. Virtual database servers will not have to be taxed with anything else.

Using it all up with a single video editing/rendering application may not be easy, but it's nice to have more ram "just in case" :) 
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September 2, 2011 4:32:46 AM

maxinexusI'm still running 4x2GB 800 DDR2 and there is absolutely, absolutely no need to upgrade. Even though I almost did upgrade to 2500K and DDR3 but realized that that my PhenomII B55( 555 X2 unlocked to full 955 X4)@3.6Ghz in marriage with Radeon 6950 flashed to 6970 is more than enough to play all the games at max detail at 1920x1200.So why upgrade? I know that urge is there but really do we need more than 8 GB? Simple NO. I have not seen my memory go beyond 50% use ever


You have obviously never edited anything like 1080p30 h.264 footage (or higher) because I easily hit 6+ GB usage right off the bat if I don't render my files beforehand (waste of time and disk space).
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September 2, 2011 5:01:15 AM

i want a 24gb system, well really i want a hell of allot more, but thats not going to happen.

id partition in 3 ways
8gb system
8gb page file
8gb scratch disc

if i could put more, i woulds add it to scratch disc, and whenever i am working with files, id copy them to the scratch disc, not move them, but copy them, i mean what do they read at 4-8gb per second?
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September 2, 2011 5:08:01 AM

Time to look for 4x4GB DDR3 1600 kits for my main rig :sol: 

amk-aka-Phantom said:
Sweet, I don't need more than 8GB, but... why the hell not? :D 
Bragging rights :lol: 

maxinexus said:
I'm still running 4x2GB 800 DDR2 and there is absolutely, absolutely no need to upgrade.
Even though I almost did upgrade to 2500K and DDR3 but realized that that my PhenomII B55( 555 X2 unlocked to full 955 X4)@3.6Ghz in marriage with Radeon 6950 flashed to 6970 is more than enough to play all the games at max detail at 1920x1200.

So why upgrade? I know that urge is there but really do we need more than 8 GB? Simple NO. I have not seen my memory go beyond 50% use ever

It all depends on what you use the computer for. Anyone using virtual machines welcome these price drops.

TheDuke said:
Don't care how overkill. Sometime fall or winter, I'm buying 16GB memory. Maybe more for a future build.
Just in time for bulldozer?! :wahoo: 

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September 2, 2011 6:08:10 AM

Then I will go for my other 4GB if it gets that cheap.
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September 2, 2011 7:11:13 AM

Don't worry about the pricing. Make sure you have matched sets to avoid ram errors.
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September 2, 2011 7:24:43 AM

Yeah, I also saw 8 gigs for $40 today on the egg. Still happy w my purchase, but I paid $60 for 8 gigs two weeks ago. Well, looks like I'll pick up another 8 in a couple months.
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September 2, 2011 7:27:30 AM

If I own a DDR3 1333 MHz module, should I sell it and buy 2 x 4 GB or simply get another 2 GB module? Right now it's enough for 300+ tabs in Firefox and a virtual machine (with 768 MB RAM), which apparently I can't use while Firefox is running. Doesn't bother me. Maybe if I cut down on the tabs... Hmmm...

2 GB is enough for me. I only play older games and as long as it can run HD content, I'm golden.
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September 2, 2011 12:19:10 PM

Damn I just bought some RAM....
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September 2, 2011 12:53:09 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah, 640k will be enough for the foreseeable future. We've all heard it before.

Get 16G while you can. Run 8 and setup an 8G RAM drive to run your swap file and temp folders on. Boot from an SSD and you'll SCREAM through everything. ;) 
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September 2, 2011 1:45:42 PM

mhoolahan
How many virtual pc do you have to run? You should have stick with WinXP and save your self a hassle of incompatibility. I think upgrading to win7 when you use a ton of a winxp software is ridiculous, if that is the case. If not well go ahead and get 32GB if that is going to make you happy. I save up and get another SSD to expand my RAID 0.

In conclusion, I'm sure that upgrading from 8 to 16 or 1600 to 2000 won't make a ANY noticeable difference. I did not notice any difference when upg from 4 to 8...oh wait the only difference I noticed was the usage meter dropped from 44% to 22% ;D

Lekko, when DDR4 or strait DDR5 comes up we can all play domino with DDR3s...or in my case DDR2 stiks :)  How cool is that :D 
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September 2, 2011 2:40:57 PM

I bought 4GB for my last rig (c2duo, 9800GT), and thought it was plenty, and still is plenty for most applications. However, I recently got an HD video camera and it is a total game changer. Previous SD projects, and small 720P projects only tapped about 3GB of memory, but when I imported my 1080p video into the project I watched in awe as all 4GB of memory filled up, and then it almost capped out my virtual memory as well. 16GB will be the minimum on my upgrade to ivy bridge!
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September 2, 2011 2:42:59 PM

oh, and props to win7 still running smooth when I maxed out my ram! XP was always clunky when running into virtual memory!
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September 2, 2011 3:25:02 PM

WTF 2$ for ram? the hell?
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September 2, 2011 3:57:27 PM

i cant believe people still buy ram with speeds above 1333, read a review and stop falling for marketing numbers
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September 2, 2011 4:30:45 PM

beenthereBTW, for those who do not know - Mixing of RAM is never recommended and is not guaranteed to work even if the DIMMs are the identical model. See Corsair and other website Upgrade Guides to confirm this. See the various RAM forums for folks who have learned the hard way that unless you buy a Matchded, Tested RAM Kit the RAM may not work as desired or at all.


Not true in my case...i bought 2x1GB initially, then another GB then finally added a fourth. No probs so far. Survived all Sandra lite benchmarks, Crysis 2, MW 2, and more. The 3GB even got through memtest.

Could be a prob for others though, or the companies are simply bull-s-h-double t-ing.
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