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DRAM Prices Continue to Decline

By - Source: MarketWatch | B 13 comments

Reports coming out of Taiwan suggest that DRAM memory will lose 8 percent of their contract price in August alone.

MarketWatch reported that DRAM prices have just hit a new five-month low. According to DRAMeXchange, a 4GB DDR3 chip module sold for $18.75 last week and may drop to $18 this week.

Typically, there is a seasonal uptick in DRAM pricing in the September time frame due to increased demand from PC makers that are preparing for the Christmas season. However, there appears to be little to no increased demand, which could be caused by high inventory levels.

While there was no information how much inventory there is, there are implications that Windows 8 has not jumpstarted PC manufacturing enough to stimulate DRAM demand. At this time, DRAM prices are still falling and customers looking to upgrade the memory in their PCs may get even better deals toward the end of the year.

 

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    CaedenV , August 28, 2012 5:46 PM
    If I had the spare change I would so jump on these prices. I doubt I would jump up to 32GB of ram right away, but right now I would love to move from a 4x4kit to a 2x8kit, and from 1333 to 1600 with a future plan of a 2nd 2x8GB kit.
    And what do you do when you have 32GB of ram? Ram Drive!
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    CaedenV , August 28, 2012 5:48 PM
    Anyone else getting the odd feeling that these low prices are a last ditch effort to spark interest in hardware before manufacturers just give up and say "screw it... the demand is for only x# of computers, and so we will raise our prices to survive on x# of sales"

    Maybe it's just me :D 

    Also, with ram so cheap why are we not seeing smartphones (all be it $500 smartphones) with 2-4GB of memory? Even high end phones are still at 512MB-1GB... and you cannot tell me that they could not benefit from having at least 2GB as the new standard.
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    CaedenV , August 28, 2012 5:46 PM
    If I had the spare change I would so jump on these prices. I doubt I would jump up to 32GB of ram right away, but right now I would love to move from a 4x4kit to a 2x8kit, and from 1333 to 1600 with a future plan of a 2nd 2x8GB kit.
    And what do you do when you have 32GB of ram? Ram Drive!
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    CaedenV , August 28, 2012 5:48 PM
    Anyone else getting the odd feeling that these low prices are a last ditch effort to spark interest in hardware before manufacturers just give up and say "screw it... the demand is for only x# of computers, and so we will raise our prices to survive on x# of sales"

    Maybe it's just me :D 

    Also, with ram so cheap why are we not seeing smartphones (all be it $500 smartphones) with 2-4GB of memory? Even high end phones are still at 512MB-1GB... and you cannot tell me that they could not benefit from having at least 2GB as the new standard.
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2012 6:13 PM
    Just great. Queue the bankruptcies, mergers and buyouts. Like x86 makers, hard drive makers and video card makers, we're going to be left with 2 memory makers when all is said and done.
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    sheepsnowadays , August 28, 2012 6:14 PM
    4GB of DDR2 is still near $80
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    zakaron , August 28, 2012 6:34 PM
    SheepsNowADays4GB of DDR2 is still near $80

    You know, I was thinking the same exact thing... why can't these prices fall back to DDR2? Even on ebay, a 2x2GB of 1066 DDR2 is rediculously high compared to DDR3.
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    spookyman , August 28, 2012 6:51 PM
    Sweet I can get my 64gig RAM sticks.

    When are they coming out with the 16gig sticks? I am still waiting.
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    spartanmk2 , August 28, 2012 7:10 PM
    And there was much rejoicing.
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    teh_chem , August 28, 2012 9:20 PM
    Awesome how over 6 months ago consumers were told by RAM manufacturers to expect moderate price increases soon, and to stock up before the bump in prices...

    caedenvAlso, with ram so cheap why are we not seeing smartphones (all be it $500 smartphones) with 2-4GB of memory? Even high end phones are still at 512MB-1GB... and you cannot tell me that they could not benefit from having at least 2GB as the new standard.

    Probably because the platform/OS isn't designed to even use/allocate that much RAM. What would you be doing with your phone these days that would even come close to needing 2-4GB of RAM?
    zakaronYou know, I was thinking the same exact thing... why can't these prices fall back to DDR2? Even on ebay, a 2x2GB of 1066 DDR2 is rediculously high compared to DDR3.

    Supply and demand--DDR2 isn't manufactured anymore, so it's a limited commodity and the price reflects that.
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    cookoy , August 28, 2012 9:54 PM
    With high capacity ram modules and hard drives, 1 or 2 pcs would be more than sufficient for most of us.
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    zecrah , August 28, 2012 10:52 PM
    caedenvAnyone else getting the odd feeling that these low prices are a last ditch effort to spark interest in hardware before manufacturers just give up and say "screw it... the demand is for only x# of computers, and so we will raise our prices to survive on x# of sales"Maybe it's just me Also, with ram so cheap why are we not seeing smartphones (all be it $500 smartphones) with 2-4GB of memory? Even high end phones are still at 512MB-1GB... and you cannot tell me that they could not benefit from having at least 2GB as the new standard.


    Battery life, heat, size probably.
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    tomfreak , August 28, 2012 11:14 PM
    Still missing the cheap 8GB sticks. As long as 8GB stick do not cost exactly less than 2x the price of 4GB stick I wont be buying. DRAM can keep making 4GB stick and put into storage room, I wont buy it.
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    belardo , August 29, 2012 2:26 AM
    sheepsnowadays4GB of DDR2 is still near $80
    Uh, supply and demand... this is normal. When DDR2 was standard and DDR3 was new... DDR3 was very expensive. AS DDR3 replaced DDR2 in computers, the prices balanced out... then as the old tech is phased out, its pricing goes up.

    The manufactures are making 10,000x the DDR3 memory over DDR2. It costs more to make DDR2 memory... it costs more for you to buy it. DDR2 is only used for upgrades... if the price is too high, buy it used. Techs like myself have a drawer of DDR1 and DDR2 memory not being used.
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    deicided , August 29, 2012 6:01 AM
    zakaronYou know, I was thinking the same exact thing... why can't these prices fall back to DDR2? Even on ebay, a 2x2GB of 1066 DDR2 is rediculously high compared to DDR3.


    Because as consumers upgrade to newer products older ones are manufactured less if at all so the supply of them dwindles. If you look at DDR you can be looking at hundreds of dollars for 1-2GB modules