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4GB DDR3 DRAMs Fall Below $16 in Contract Market

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The bankruptcy of Elpida has not had a stabilizing effect on the DRAM industry.

At this time, DRAM pricing is falling into territory that is unlikely to be sustainable for memory makers. According to DRAMeXchange, a 4 GB memory module can now be purchased for less than $16 on the Taiwanese spot market, which is down from $18.75 in August.

4 Gb DDR3 1600 MHz chips are selling for as low as $1.75, while 2 Gb chips can be purchased for as little as $0.80.

Also affected by the price declines were some segments of flash products, such as microSD memory cards, which hit $9 for 16 GB versions, and $3.95 for 8 GB models.

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    toxteth , October 23, 2012 2:29 PM
    They will be paying us to accept them shortly...;-) time to buy 32Gb then...
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    toxteth , October 23, 2012 2:29 PM
    They will be paying us to accept them shortly...;-) time to buy 32Gb then...
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    noblerabbit , October 23, 2012 2:29 PM
    Dear motherboard makers, please make dual CPU sockets for mainstream use, and start accommodating some 24 slots of ram, instead of only a measly 4 or 6 slots. Although, it's all pretty much useless to the general populace, as nothing is worthy to take advantage of more processing and more access to Ram, since Windows 8 is taking 100 steps back in the PC Productivity and need for innovation to the industry.

    R.I.P, although, I do hope more startup companies come with ideas and visions to get PC's needy of upgrading once again. Tablets are for stoneage Flintstones, why are we breeding populace with these devices today? Sad Sad state of affairs.
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    ajcroteau , October 23, 2012 2:38 PM
    I'm just taking a step back and remembering the day when i decided to go out and purchased a 4 MEGA-byte stick of RAM for my 486DX33 (correct me if i'm wrong but DX meant it had the built-in math co-processor versus the SX which didn't I believe) which doubled the amount of ram i had on that motherboard...

    That little sucker cost me $160.00... :pt1cable: 
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    LukeCWM , October 23, 2012 2:44 PM
    toxtethThey will be paying us to accept them shortly...;-) time to buy 32Gb then...


    In that case, I'll pick up a TB of RAM. I don't have to use it, just accept it to get the money, right? =]
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    iceman1992 , October 23, 2012 3:17 PM
    Quote:
    4 Gb DDR3 1600 MHz chips are selling for as low as $1.75, while 2 Gb chips can be purchased for as little as $0.80.
    2GB = $0.80 is much cheaper than SSDs.. typo i'm sure..
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    blader15sk8 , October 23, 2012 3:18 PM
    Looks like it's time to bring on DDR4.
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    luc2k , October 23, 2012 3:24 PM
    Where's a flood when you need one. The last one did wonders for the HDD industry.
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    didgetmaster , October 23, 2012 3:27 PM
    2 Gb = $.80 is for 2 Giga-bit not Giga-byte. You need 8 of those chips to get 2 GB. 8 x $.80 = $6.40.
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    InvalidError , October 23, 2012 4:09 PM
    blader15sk8Looks like it's time to bring on DDR4.

    Only problem with that is there won't be mainstream DDR4 CPUs before mid-2014.

    With some luck, maybe DRAM manufacturers will manage to push DDR4 into tablets, smartphones, GPUs and other places that use chip-scale/BGA packaging rather than DIMMs first. Portable devices and low-end GPUs can use both higher performance and lower power.
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    subasteve5800 , October 23, 2012 4:33 PM
    I remember dropping in a 128Mb stick into my family computer back in the 90's (doubling the capacity to 256MB) and thinking to myself, "Wow this is a lot of RAM, what could anyone need more than 256GB for?"

    Oh how naive I was back then (and thinner too).
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    jhansonxi , October 23, 2012 5:14 PM
    noblerabbitDear motherboard makers, please make dual CPU sockets for mainstream use, and start accommodating some 24 slots of ram, instead of only a measly 4 or 6 slots.
    They would have to be registered memiory (slower and very expensive) because the memory controllers don't have the electrical capacity to drive that many chips directly.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_memory
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    ihavenoid4u , October 23, 2012 5:33 PM
    but ddr2 is how much still? :(  :(  :( 
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    BulkZerker , October 23, 2012 5:57 PM
    Whatever happened to those add in cards that used d ram to make ram drives time ti get one of those methinks
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    f-14 , October 23, 2012 6:53 PM
    blah blah blah i heard this all before and that was back when sdram sticks of 128, 256, 512mb could be gotten for $20 one year after another. good times

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    masterasia , October 23, 2012 6:59 PM
    How much does Apple charge for this? Their new mac minis are only coming with 4gb of ram.
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    nforce4max , October 23, 2012 7:19 PM
    ajcroteauI'm just taking a step back and remembering the day when i decided to go out and purchased a 4 MEGA-byte stick of RAM for my 486DX33 (correct me if i'm wrong but DX meant it had the built-in math co-processor versus the SX which didn't I believe) which doubled the amount of ram i had on that motherboard... That little sucker cost me $160.00...


    Lol I got a 486 system today as a freebie, I am not sure but it has 4mb 30pin simms.
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    dark_knight33 , October 23, 2012 7:29 PM
    nforce4maxLol I got a 486 system today as a freebie, I am not sure but it has 4mb 30pin simms.


    There are hobbyist microcontrollers these days with more power & ram than that old 486, lol. Speaking of which, I still have a handful of those 4MB 30pin SIMMs lying around. They were hundreds when new, now I couldn't trade one for a coke. Oh how times have changed...
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    blazorthon , October 23, 2012 10:52 PM
    toxtethThey will be paying us to accept them shortly...;-) time to buy 32Gb then...


    What's the problem? 4GB has been affordable for at least a few years.
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    proffet , October 24, 2012 1:10 PM
    because 8GB is now the standard or 'norm'..
    4GB kits are for starters or temporary usage.
    as for a full set of RAM like 32GB all slots filled, I for one do not need that much RAM
    and two I do not like a full set meaning all four slots populated.
    I'm cool but lots of motherboards do not like a full set, start acting 'buggy'..

    my opinion.
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    blazorthon , October 24, 2012 1:19 PM
    proffetbecause 8GB is now the standard or 'norm'..4GB kits are for starters or temporary usage.as for a full set of RAM like 32GB all slots filled, I for one do not need that much RAMand two I do not like a full set meaning all four slots populated.I'm cool but lots of motherboards do not like a full set, start acting 'buggy'..my opinion.


    32Gb = 4GB in this context. That's why I put the B and b in bold. A lot of the posts here have their acronyms jumbled.