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Wait on That RAM Upgrade! Prices Set To Nosedive in H2

DDR3 memory sold for $2.10 per 2 Gb in the second quarter, but has dropped 24 percent to just $1.60 recently. By Q4, the price could hit $1.25, which is down from $4.70 one year ago.

“Contrary to typical seasonal patterns in which prices are very soft during the second quarter, that period this year saw relatively flat, unchanged DRAM pricing compared to the first quarter,” said Mike Howard, principal analyst, DRAM and memory, at IHS. “However, companies did not capitalize on the healthy pricing levels to increase shipments in the second quarter—which, in retrospect, may have been the best time to do so.”

While the DRAM industry is used to pricing challenges and cut-throat competition, the current environment is amplified by bloated inventory and challenges in transitioning to new process technologies, IHS said. “The third quarter is shaping up to be pretty bloody for DRAM makers,” Howard noted. “The combination of inventory reductions by DRAM makers and more bits coming out of the fabs is resulting in a very soft pricing environment.”

IHS expects a 15.9 percent shipment increase in shipments in the third quarter.

The market research firm believes that cutbacks in production as well as DRAM manufacturers shifting their focus to flash memory may help stabilize DRAM prices again. However, OEMs and consumers should be able to get their hands on much cheaper DRAM in the second half of the year for now.

  • kcorp2003
    awesome news :)
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  • Lunarion
    This is great for those who are building a new machine with the bulldozer chips like myself!
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  • stingstang
    yea well...how about releasing ddr4 already? That will get the market going again.
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  • aft_lizard01
    I just spent $59 for 8GB of ddr3..how much lower could they go?
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Sweet, I don't need more than 8GB, but... why the hell not? :D
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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    hmm might upgrade to something with better timings
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  • chickenhoagie
    Wow..built my computer no more than a year ago and spent $105 on 4GB of DDR3 1600. Fml..oh well. time to upgrade to 8GB I guess:)
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  • jhansonxi
    Out of slots on my Asus MB. Using Kingston DDR2 ECC (non-registered) with my Phenom 9550 but maybe it's time for a new CPU+MB+RAM.
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  • Nakal
    aft_lizard01I just spent $59 for 8GB of ddr3..how much lower could they go?

    I saw 8GB for $29 on Newegg recently.. lol
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  • blader15sk8
    aft_lizard01I just spent $59 for 8GB of ddr3..how much lower could they go?
    I've been seeing them for 35 after rebate or 45 no rebate every week. Espeically in Newegg's shell shockers deals.
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