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DRAM Pricing Collapses

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Prices DDR3 and DDR2 Memory have dropped sharply as a result of weak demand and oversupply of memory chips, according to market research firm iSuppli.

iSuppli said that 2 GB DDR3 module currently carries a contract price of about $21, down from more than $44 in June 2010. 2GB DDR2 memory is also selling in the $21 range, down from about $39 in June. The company said that DDR3 prices are falling at a faster rate as the technology accounts for the majority of the market (60%).

“DRAM prices in general have been affected by soft PC demand - especially during the first half of 2010 - as well as by greater supply of commodity memory following a solid increase in bit shipments during the second half,” iSuppli said. “That lethal combination of falling demand and growing supply has coalesced to place a great deal of pressure on DRAM ASPs.”

PC manufacturers are expected to be taking advantage of this market and load more memory into their products. iSuppli said that DRAM content per PC grew by 24% in 2010 and should add more than 33% this year.

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    burnley14 , January 9, 2011 7:53 PM
    Pretty soon RAM disks are going to become the norm once RAM gets even cheaper. I can't wait for that day . . .
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    11796pcs , January 9, 2011 8:13 PM
    Yeah, I just bought 8GB of Corsair RAM for like $110. It was a steal... I should have bought 16GB.
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    TidalWaveOne , January 9, 2011 8:18 PM
    What the heck... I just posted a comment and it's not here... quite annoying.... fix your tech probs please!
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    techcurious , January 9, 2011 9:20 PM
    burnley14Pretty soon RAM disks are going to become the norm once RAM gets even cheaper. I can't wait for that day . . .


    RAM Disks... drool..
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    dark_lord69 , January 9, 2011 10:29 PM
    I might have to upgrade to 16GB.
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    enzo matrix , January 9, 2011 10:52 PM
    11796pcsYeah, I just bought 8GB of Corsair RAM for like $110. It was a steal... I should have bought 16GB.

    Seriously? I'm in Canada where all prices are higher than in the states and I've seen 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz (Gskill) for as low as $70 on sale. Not on sale without any MIR, I've seen 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz (Mushkin) as low as $85. If I look at corsair only? 2x4GB 1333MHz for $94.82. You got ripped off.
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    Pawessum16 , January 9, 2011 11:28 PM
    Enzo MatrixSeriously? I'm in Canada where all prices are higher than in the states and I've seen 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz (Gskill) for as low as $70 on sale. Not on sale without any MIR, I've seen 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz (Mushkin) as low as $85. If I look at corsair only? 2x4GB 1333MHz for $94.82. You got ripped off.

    Not every buys basic value ram you know
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    Pawessum16 , January 9, 2011 11:29 PM
    pawessum16Not everyone buys basic value ram you know

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    Travis Beane , January 10, 2011 12:16 AM
    pawessum16Not every buys basic value ram you know

    Some would prefer quantity over quality. :) 
    6x4GB for $250 anyone?

    I'm just waiting for them to have another excuse to bring the prices up again. I think they enjoyed $20-30/GB RAM for too long. This $7-10/GB for budget RAM may be good for us, but I imagine Samsung and the such don't like it one bit.
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    zybch , January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
    Hmmm, anyone remember the Toshiba production line stall thing from about a month ago (due to a power spike or something) which all the tech pundits and sites claimed would push RAM prices through the stratosphere?
    What the hell happened to that then?
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    jprahman , January 10, 2011 12:59 AM
    That was NAND flash, used for SSDs, flash drives, SD cards. DRAM is different.
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    ares1214 , January 10, 2011 1:35 AM
    Just bought 8 gigs for $80...amazing deals are out now. Loads of decent or good 2x2GB sets can be had for $50. 8 gigs is well within $80-120 range now. I remember when i bought my 8 gigs, 4 gig sets cost that much!
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    Scott2010au , January 10, 2011 2:15 AM
    The reason it is happening is because RAM is undergoing ongoing die shrinks, as such it costs half as much to produce every few months.

    Trust me, Samsung and better off moving inventory as soon as it cools, it'll be worth even less in 18 months time.


    In a few years 64GB of RAM will be normal in desktop computers.
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    Scott2010au , January 10, 2011 2:16 AM
    * and = are
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    insightdriver , January 10, 2011 2:58 AM
    It is bargain hunting time for those who need more memory. I was going to say more, but I forgot. I guess I ran out of memory.
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    teodoreh , January 10, 2011 5:51 AM
    Someone, somewhere, is praying for a real earthquake...
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    aaron88_7 , January 10, 2011 7:01 AM
    Scott2010auIn a few years 64GB of RAM will be normal in desktop computers.

    And people will still be using Windows 32 bit lol
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    Tamz_msc , January 10, 2011 7:40 AM
    Yeah, here in India, prices have indeed dropped by around 30-40$ which is a huge drop.
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    Scott2010au , January 10, 2011 7:52 AM
    I'm kinda hoping that Windows 8 is x64 and ARM (32bit and 64bit) only - to discourage consumers from buying bad configurations.
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    feeddagoat , January 10, 2011 8:43 AM
    Ive been holding off upgrading from my AM2+ Asus M3A78 pro until the price of 2x4gb modules fell considerably. Tbh it doesn't feel like an upgrade going from 4 x 2gb modules to 2 x 2gb modules which would be a third of the upgrade costs. Luckly I'm able to drop a phenom II 955 into my old board and will replace it once BD boards arrive provided phenom II performace in them isn't adversely affected. Fingers crossed for SLI too (Using Nvidia cards folding and want 3 monitors) otherwise Ill probably just pick up an AM3 board with lucid hydra on it and look to jump to ivy bridge if it offers a nice increase in performance.

    Also what happened with the rumours of the feud between north and south Korea could force prices up? Did anything come of that or was it empty scaremongering?
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