When AM2 hits stores in June how should this affect the price of DDR ram? I am looking to upgrade now and will likely wait until AM2 hits in the hope that prices will come down for CPUs etc, but what about the RAM?
I haven't really paid attention in the past and obviously the prices will come down after time because of tech advancements but is there a strong belief that DDR would drop at all at the launch of AM2 or would I have to wait for DDR3 etc before a real difference is realized?
I'm not so sure that prices will drop. DDR technology is already well-established so I don't foresee there being many future technological developments to reduce the price. Manufacturers will be spending their R&D budget on newer formats.
As far as I am aware, manufacturers are able to meet the current demand for DDR1. Therefore, the price should be roughly at equilibrium (i.e. not artificially inflated by high demand but short supply). As demand for DDR1 drops as users move onto DDR2, rather than lower prices it is more likely that manufacturers will reduce production - profit margin on memory isn't very high as it's a very competititve market.
As demand drops yet further, the prices will probably rise. This is because small production runs don't have economies of scale. Also, anyone buying old RAM is probably doing so becuase they can't upgrade their old system. This means they can be ripped off. Look at the price of SIMM RAM these days!
Have you looked at PC133 SDRAM prices lately. They are more expensive
than DDR. :?
My point exactly. Obsolete technology is often more expensive than current because it's rare (and maybe not even in production anymore).
DDR might come down in price next year, but I wouldn't bet on it. However, you may be able to pick up cheap(er) DDR RAM if you're prepared to buy second hand. People upgrading to AM2 might sell their old RAM that they can't use...