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2 GB DDR3 Modules Drop to $10 Contract Price

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.

  • slabbo
    well, i guess this kind of offsets the increases from hard drives...but not by much.
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  • memadmax
    So, you wait on a new HD and build urself a RAMDrive lol
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  • Stardude82
    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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  • billybobser
    anyone 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
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  • jimmysmitty
    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
    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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  • 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
    Damn, when are we getting DDR5?
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  • BWMerlin
    memadmaxSo, you wait on a new HD and build urself a RAMDrive lolI 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
    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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