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DRAM prices continue to fall

DRAM prices continue to fall

The price of a 2GB DDR3 module is set to drop below $20 by the end of the year, from a high of nearer $50 at the start.

Memory market watcher DRAMeXchange predicts some bargains to be had in the coming months, as improvements in yields meet a slowing demand from the channel.

In the company's latest report into the market, it remarks that the wholesale price of a 2GB DDR3 module has dropped 46 per cent since the start of the year, from $46.50 to around $25 now - and predicts that it could drop as low as $20 by the end of the year.

The massive drop in price comes as manufacturers are experiencing increased output thanks to the use of immersion scanner technology to improve yields in their fabs, which couples with the unusually low demand for memory to form an oversupply situation - meaning massive drops in prices.

While that's good news for PC manufacturers, it's not so great for memory makers. The good news is that DRAMeXchange is also predicting that the market will bottom out around the first quarter of 2011, with OEMs and ODMs taking advantage of the cheaper RAM prices to boost the amount of memory systems ship with - a predicted 36 per cent increase for desktops, 31 per cent increase for laptops, and a whopping 105 per cent year-on-year increase for netbooks.

Sadly, the good times are unlikely to continue for long. As demand increases to accommodate the improved yields, prices will surely begin to rise - and given recent events between North Korea and South Korea, it's possible that the market could become extremely volatile extremely quickly.

Are you pleased to hear that memory prices are dropping, or just wondering whether any of the OEMs will be bothering to pass the savings on? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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wuyanxu 25th November 2010, 14:23 Quote
yay, time to start saving up for some nice 4GB per stick modules. 16GB for under £200 anyone?
steveo_mcg 25th November 2010, 14:41 Quote
Good, i need to replace the 2gb stick i bought in error and never got round to replacing.
Ryun 25th November 2010, 14:42 Quote
And here I was thinking I would have to settle for 4GB on my next build. The way things are going, I could very easily decide to purchase 8GB.
NethLyn 25th November 2010, 15:02 Quote
It's one way to keep upgrade addicts buying, that's one certainty. Had my eye set on a laptop but if memory stays this cheap, it'll be hard not to stay with a full-sized new build.
bogie170 25th November 2010, 15:17 Quote
What is the best value/price/speed 6gb triple channel set to get at the moment?
javaman 25th November 2010, 15:27 Quote
Might pick up 2X4gb sticks for a new build. Wasn't planning to replace my mobo and inevitably jump to DDR3 until the end of next year after AMD and intel had their new products out and prices stabilise, tho if the market is gonna be volatile it would make sense to invest now.
memeroot 25th November 2010, 15:28 Quote
upgrade ahead
Aracos 25th November 2010, 15:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
What is the best value/price/speed 6gb triple channel set to get at the moment?

I'd say 1333MHz or 1600MHz if you plan on overclocking.
Ph4ZeD 25th November 2010, 15:42 Quote
Our man in Taiwan was spot on with his info :)
liratheal 25th November 2010, 15:56 Quote
Hopefully this means I can 8gb my laptop without breaking the bank.
dactone 25th November 2010, 16:01 Quote
it's dropped alot since i last bought ram 6gb dd3 for 86 pounds i bought 5 months ago for 140 .
halcyondays 25th November 2010, 16:24 Quote
having got caught out before it's almost worth buying some ram to have in stock at these prices, no upgrade planned but it's bound to return to high prices....
murraynt 25th November 2010, 16:28 Quote
Looks like 8gb is possible for my next build :D windows 7 eats up 4gb pretty fast.
Phoenixlight 25th November 2010, 16:35 Quote
What does North Korea being a dick yet once again have to do with random access memory?
Star*Dagger 25th November 2010, 17:03 Quote
Time to order another 16 Gigs!
PingCrosby 25th November 2010, 17:40 Quote
Thanks for the memory.
Tangster 25th November 2010, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight
What does North Korea being a dick yet once again have to do with random access memory?
Makes the region volatile. War in that area means that fabs and transport is under threat so speculating t**ts prebuy in huge quantities while the price is still low and force the price up because they predicted a shortage.
Cei 25th November 2010, 18:59 Quote
Question is, when will 4GB sticks of DDR3 ECC RAM be cheap!?
KidMod-Southpaw 25th November 2010, 19:20 Quote
Well, I could gram myself 8gbs now.
thehippoz 25th November 2010, 19:26 Quote
prices are still around 50+ for 2gb here.. that'd be nice- pick up 4 more while it's good
MrJay 25th November 2010, 22:25 Quote
4GB Kingston 1333mhz SODIMM Module £39 = win! in fact i bought 2
jimmyjj 25th November 2010, 22:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by PingCrosby
Thanks for the memory.

:)
BRAWL 26th November 2010, 08:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tangster
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phoenixlight
What does North Korea being a dick yet once again have to do with random access memory?
Makes the region volatile. War in that area means that fabs and transport is under threat so speculating t**ts prebuy in huge quantities while the price is still low and force the price up because they predicted a shortage.

In other words "nih". Yeah I've seen a crazy decrease in DDR3 prices... my memory for my i7 was like £200 start of the year, its £130 or something now :|
alleyne 26th November 2010, 09:37 Quote
i just bought 2 x 2gigs of g.skilll ripjaw series 1600mhz for $44, was $79 bucks last week
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Farting Bob 26th November 2010, 10:29 Quote
Yesterday i saw 2x4GB DDR3 with no price premium over 4x2 sticks. Oh happy days, we can start to finally move from 2 to 4GB sticks!
jake9891 26th November 2010, 11:56 Quote
shame this doesn't apply to DDR2.... the prices of them are unbelievable
fata1_666 26th November 2010, 12:39 Quote
got kingston hyper x blu 4gb of 1600mhz ddr3 from ebuyer for £43! bargain yesterday and delivered today on super saver free delivery but today the 2 gb kits from £34. if you see a bargain act fast it wont be around for long they sold 28 sets yesterday i saw them at 6am and all gone by end of day.
Bungletron 26th November 2010, 14:05 Quote
So prices will bottom early next year? When is sandy bridge due and what type of memory does it support? I can definately see a pricing sweet spot when sandy bridge is imminent/newly released where i3/i5/i7 cpus and architecture will be heavily discounted and the supported ram for this architecture is at rock bottom prices, time to upgrade then no?
wbdog206 27th November 2010, 23:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrJay
4GB Kingston 1333mhz SODIMM Module £39 = win! in fact i bought 2

I need some of that for my lappy.
Magnetar 28th November 2010, 06:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by murraynt
Looks like 8gb is possible for my next build :D windows 7 eats up 4gb pretty fast.

Hmm, that's odd, I'm running Win 7 64bit and at the moment using less that 1 Gig of memory. That's with Firefox up and a hardware monitoring program. So not much but I rarely see 2 Gig used, just opened Adobe with my mobo manual, still under a Gig. What are you running?
Magnetar 28th November 2010, 07:42 Quote
Let's see, in the USA at the 'Egg, single 1GB DDR3 1333 9 9 9 24 modules are $18 - $25.
1 x 2GB DDR3 1600 9 9 9 24 modules are $34.
2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 9 9 9 24 modules are $50.
1 x 4GB DDR3 1333 9 9 9 24 modules are $60.
3 x 1GB DDR3 1600 9 9 9 27 modules are $68.
3 x 2GB DDR3 1333 9 9 9 24 modules are $76.

Of course there are more expensive choices of the same type as these, but they are not no-name brands.

And to top it all off the 3 X 2GB DDR3 1600 modules I bought in August for $145 are now $110.

So yes, prices have dropped. Since DDR4 won't be here until 2012, and Sandy Bridge CPUs/Mobo's will be using DDR3, now may be the time to stock up. It seems the high-end memory has not dropped in price as much.
Carlosr 28th November 2010, 11:26 Quote
That's great. Now, it would be possible for me to get that.
keir 28th November 2010, 18:33 Quote
may as well fill all the slots up lol
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