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2 GB DDR3 Modules Drop to $10 Contract Price

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Prices for DRAMs have dropped to a new low.

According to Digitimes, contract prices for 2 GB DDR3 modules hit $10.25 in early November, while 4 GB modules went for $18.50. 2 Gb chips sold for $0.70 on the spot market, which is a decrease of about 10 percent over the past two weeks alone.

The reason for the declining prices remains an acute oversupply of memory chips in the market. There is no sign that the situation may change anytime soon as chip makers, apparently, have not reduced their production volumes yet. The floods in Thailand may have amplified the problem as production of devices that would integrate DRAM memory has declined overall.

Digitimes noted that manufacturers such as Nanya said that current DRAM prices are "too low" and that there is no more room for more drops. However, this environment may not correct itself unless inventories and production volumes are adjusted and there is a notable increase in demand for DRAM. There is a good chance that not just PC vendors will be taking advantage of this situation, but end users may also be able to get their hands on much cheaper memory over the next two quarters.

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    memadmax , November 18, 2011 10:16 PM
    So, you wait on a new HD and build urself a RAMDrive lol
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    slabbo , November 18, 2011 10:14 PM
    well, i guess this kind of offsets the increases from hard drives...but not by much.
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    Stardude82 , November 18, 2011 10:20 PM
    SLABBOwell, i guess this kind of offsets the increases from hard drives...but not by much.

    I'm pretty sure the two are related. The rise in the price of hard drives has decreased demand for PC leading to the decrease in the price for RAM.
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    slabbo , November 18, 2011 10:14 PM
    well, i guess this kind of offsets the increases from hard drives...but not by much.
  • 26 Hide
    memadmax , November 18, 2011 10:16 PM
    So, you wait on a new HD and build urself a RAMDrive lol
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    Stardude82 , November 18, 2011 10:20 PM
    SLABBOwell, i guess this kind of offsets the increases from hard drives...but not by much.

    I'm pretty sure the two are related. The rise in the price of hard drives has decreased demand for PC leading to the decrease in the price for RAM.
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    jimmysmitty , November 18, 2011 10:48 PM
    billybobseranyone with sandy bridge won't need ram for anything other than bragging.Realistically, the only power ram user is a llano user.Rather than shipping (pointless) large and fast pieces, they should spend the cash on making something new


    True but Sandy Bridge using DDR3 1333 has much faster memory bandwidth than Llano using DDR3 1866.

    Either way Ivy Bridge will be out soon enough and supports DDR3 2133. Not even sure that speed would be needed for anything really.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 18, 2011 10:52 PM
    billybobseranyone with sandy bridge won't need ram for anything other than bragging.

    Oh good then I'll brag about my next machine I'm thinking of, with 16 GB of RAM. Don't why I would need more than 1/4 of it but I don't know what I plan on doing with my computer in the future, either. The idea of installing a CaptureCard sound like a plan, though. Hopefully it won't interrupt my BF3/MW3 gaming, but then again, it's not like we live in a 64-bit world, yet either. We're just probably 1/4-1/3 of the way there. Doesn't seem like gaming has headed that direction, yet.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2011 10:54 PM
    bad title, maybe 1066 or 1333, I want something faster than 1600, not going to see that for $10/$20 a piece
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    funguseater , November 18, 2011 10:58 PM
    Damn, when are we getting DDR5?
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    BWMerlin , November 18, 2011 11:11 PM
    memadmaxSo, you wait on a new HD and build urself a RAMDrive lol

    I wonder if gigabyte will release a new version of the iRam drive or anyone else brings to market something similar. If they did at current prices I would jump at the chance as it would be many times faster the SSD but also many times more likely that it all goes when the power goes out.
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    dragonsqrrl , November 18, 2011 11:16 PM
    funguseaterDamn, when are we getting DDR5?

    ... After DDR4? lol

    It's coming to market in 2014. In other words, don't hold your breath.
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    SteelCity1981 , November 18, 2011 11:26 PM
    hey i say why not if you can snag 16bg of DDR3 ram at a great price do it. I mena yeha the vast majority oif people will never need that much ram at least for a while, but you can never have enough ram even if it makes little to no diff at all in performance having that much now, you may need it sooner or later when programs really start to take advantage of it, then you will be kicking yourself for not having it when you could have had a chance at buying it much lower now then when you do really need it.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , November 19, 2011 12:07 AM
    Something dropped in price?
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    amdfangirl , November 19, 2011 12:29 AM
    Tempting to run a Puppy Linux server on RAM since it copies the files on the LiveCD into RAM..

    Then again, I already have 8GB of RAM, why do I need more?
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    theuniquegamer , November 19, 2011 12:52 AM
    I recently bought 2 2gb 1333 modules at $12 each
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    striker410 , November 19, 2011 2:01 AM
    Quote:
    I recently bought 2 2gb 1333 modules at $12 each

    Cool story, bro.
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    lockhrt999 , November 19, 2011 5:07 AM
    Please bring 8 GB modules ASAP. I'm out of slots.
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    BWMerlin , November 19, 2011 5:19 AM
    lockhrt999Please bring 8 GB modules ASAP. I'm out of slots.

    They are already out.
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2011 6:08 AM
    Bring on the 128GB dimms already!
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    eddieroolz , November 19, 2011 9:22 AM
    So that explains the $40 for 8GB prices...in Canada. Maybe I should snap up a few before my March build.
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    nottheking , November 23, 2011 9:55 AM
    memadmaxSo, you wait on a new HD and build urself a RAMDrive lol

    I had been thinking over the prospects there, too: that SSDs might see a boost in sales due to the spike in HDD supply. Of course, NAND flash is built using a different process than DRAM, but market prices I see would suggest that NAND prices are also pretty low too, even if not as staggeringly cheap as DRAM is.

    billybobseranyone with sandy bridge won't need ram for anything other than bragging.

    There's uses for a PC other than web surfing and gaming. For those using production software (even something as simple as Photoshop) you can very rapidly run out of RAM when working on something really big. In fact, that's the reason why there's a point to the quad-channel memory controllers of Intel's SandyBridge-E and AMD's Interlagos: not for the doubled memory bandwidth, but because they give you 8 slots instead of 4; that way 64GB is possible, and 32GB is pretty affordable. And yes, if you're working on audio or video editing, you WILL use up that much: the editing has to be done with it uncompressed, after all.

    funguseaterDamn, when are we getting DDR5?

    You might be confusing GDDR with DDR; they are two separate things. Currently, no DDR beyond DDR3 exists yet. GDDR memories are actually modified versions of other DDRs; as of right now, there's been GDDR3, GDDR4, and GDDR5. The first two have been modified versions of DDR2, and the last is a modification of DDR3.