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September 21, 2006 4:36:08 PM

im buying a new rig and im looking for some ram's but the prces are just way of the board!! somebody must have pushed a butten that said "blow up all ram factories on the planet" caus this is just just crazy :D  with that said all i wanna know is if anybody know if the prices are going to fall anytime soon?

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September 21, 2006 5:28:24 PM

I'm with you on this one man. I was looking at memory about a month or 2 ago and a 1gb of DDR2 was like $60-70!! Got my MOBO this week, went to look at the RAM and was lke 8O
September 21, 2006 5:31:47 PM

i know its way out! i wonder if the prices are so high because there's coming a ddr3 platform... well idont know.. but if anyone does PLEASE REPLY!! and if the prices are gonna go down again!?
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September 21, 2006 5:52:30 PM

The prices are high because the demand is huge. With AM2 and now C2D out people/OEMs are buying more DDR2 sticks than ever before. Supply and Demand. The price will go down when the demand does or the companies start over-producing DDR2 ram sticks.
September 21, 2006 6:05:24 PM

They aren't dropping anytime soon.

Some RAM chip manufacturers are refitting some nand-flash production to DDR2 which should prevent any further price increases, but demand is expected to pick up as well with C2D and AM2 both using DDR2 and Vista requiring more memory. Pretty sure that unless something drastic happens DDR2 prices should remain stable through the end of 2007 when more DDR2 production comes online.

http://digitimes.com/510.asp

In the meanwhile, you may wish to turn a shrewd eye towards eliminating bloated, memory-gobbling applications from your computer *cough*vista*cough*cough* and buy less RAM. I'm a little disapointed that I seem to have missed the boat on cheap DDR2 RAM, looks like I'll just keep using my DDR for a little longer. Huxely is supposed to be out "within 2007", hopefully I can find a good deal on DDR2 shortly after it is released if it turns out I need faster RAM.

2Q 2007 looks to be the earliest to hope for a drop in DDR2 prices.
September 21, 2006 6:26:16 PM

Is anybody surprised by this?
September 21, 2006 6:37:47 PM

the DRAM manufacturer's appearantly were...
September 21, 2006 6:52:47 PM

No, just unhappy that I missed the cheap DDR2 prices (they were lower then DDR400)
September 21, 2006 7:11:11 PM

I had my eye on some Corsair memory (2GB of DDR2) and I saw the price jump $60 in two weeks. Now that's supply and demand in action! 8O :D 
September 21, 2006 7:36:46 PM

Bleh, next time I go back to China, I'll drop by the nearest memory manufacturer and pocket some DDR2 memory. Then I could also pick me up some pirated copies of vista =)

I <3 China.
September 21, 2006 7:51:09 PM

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im buying a new rig and im looking for some ram's but the prces are just way of the board!! somebody must have pushed a butten that said "blow up all ram factories on the planet" caus this is just just crazy :D  with that said all i wanna know is if anybody know if the prices are going to fall anytime soon?


It seems to me that these price hikes never last for long. It just takes one or two suppliers to drop prices in order to undercut the competition and then the whole price war starts all over again. I'm hoping that this is the case once again. Not for my sake - I'm OK with one gig for now, but for the friends and family who ask me to build computers for them.

Maybe you can find somebody on ebay selling RAM at last month's deflated prices...
September 21, 2006 7:51:24 PM

When I heard of the spec on the Conroe and the low price I knew that there would be a run on RAM. So I picked up 2 gigs @ $150 BEFORE the attached $50 rebate 2 weeks before the C2D's were available It is rated at 4-4-4-11 @ 533 & 667 I am running it at 400Mhz (5-5-5-15)for 3.2Ghz on my E6400. I am a happy camper
September 21, 2006 8:01:13 PM

Even DDR prices are quite high. I bought my current RAM (2x512 DDR 400) in January for about $90 CAD. I check the same store to buy RAM for a friend and the exact same sticks are now $120 CAD! 8 Months later and the price has increased by 33%!
September 21, 2006 8:20:47 PM

This sucks.... really.
September 21, 2006 8:36:22 PM

wow, you're right. 1 month ago, Aug 14, to be exact, I paid $135 for 2GB of DDR ram, OZC, and now it's exactly $100 more, $235. ouch. sucks to be you. this is the first time my impatience has paid off.
September 21, 2006 8:52:03 PM

When I used to work for Directron, we had a contract to build 4000 computers for a school district. We built the first batch of computers at near price or very slight profit, and shipped/delivered them. The next batch would be built in another couple of months, and by then prices of nearly everything would drop, except for memory. Apparently the price of memory depends on the geo-political structure of south-east Asia where they are all manufactured (DAMN YOU THAILAND AND YOUR COUP) and market demand. So we could count on CPU's, HDD's, mobo's, graphics card to decrease in order to gain more profit, but memory was always a variable cost. It has been, and always will be.
September 23, 2006 9:58:12 AM

Yes, I too am very annoyed. I have been planning a new build for a month now. I have always planned to order the parts at the end of this month. However, I have been forced to rethink everything because these RAM prices are screwing my budget. Even just a couple of days ago I had everything set within my budget. I had found some Crucial RAM that could fit my budget, now even that has gone up £45! I just can't win!

Next weekend is my deadline, I am ordering then at the latest. I am thinking now that either my budget is going to have to be raised or the performance of my new build is going to have to drop. Neither is what I want to do.

To be honest, what annoys me the most if the percentage increase we have suffered. If I saw it going up slowly or if I knew what was going to happen I would have ordered the RAM eariler.
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September 23, 2006 11:51:36 AM

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i know its way out! i wonder if the prices are so high because there's coming a ddr3 platform... well idont know.. but if anyone does PLEASE REPLY!! and if the prices are gonna go down again!?


Come on guys, I remember when I paid $100 per MEG.......memory prices are pretty darn reasonable these days, even if they have gone up in last few weeks.
September 23, 2006 12:35:07 PM

well bacause of the huge jump in prices the past weeks i decided to order half the ram that i originaly wanted.. and the crasy thing about this is that just 2 weeks ago i could hava had the double for almost the same price!

so.. go to hell corsair :p 
September 23, 2006 1:23:08 PM

Memory prices will dipp down - possibly lower than they were before, shortly. A few of the bigger Teir1 manufacturers, namely samsung and Infineon, are in the process of switching some of their DDR2 fabs over to 80nm memory production (a smaller pruduction process that should yeild more memory per wafer/higher performance and better prices for consumers), and switching some of their DDR1 fabs over to DDR2 at the same time - all of this has caused a bit of a hickup in availability. Prices should even out by the end of the year, and could be even lower there-after.
September 23, 2006 1:38:21 PM

memory companies looks like earnin lots of money nowadays :twisted:
i think i need to build my own factory of memories also to earn moneys :lol: 
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September 23, 2006 2:10:03 PM

Yeah I have a personal experience in this subject. I bought some nice DDR2 RAM only 3 weeks ago for $220 (with a $40 rebate, thank you Newegg) and suddenly only days later it jumped to $320. Insanity!
September 23, 2006 2:58:54 PM

Same exact sitiuation here. I am now forced to get less RAM so I can get the GPU I want... : - (
September 23, 2006 5:59:46 PM

Hi,
You said something about getting ram in China.
My father is going there in about 10 days.
Shanghai area.
Any ideas on where he can get ram? How to go about it.
Thanks,
Dave
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