A little over a month ago, we learned that contract prices for PC memory modules were on the rise. Well, the tide hasn't turned, and prices are still climbing, according to a story posted by DigiTimes this morning.
DigiTimes says contract pricing for 4GB DDR3 modules has now reached $20. That's up from between $17 and $17.50 in early January, based on that month-old report, which means we're looking at a hike from $34-35 to $40 for an eight-gig DDR3 memory kit. (2GB modules have also gone up to $11 a piece, so they cost a little more per gigabyte than their 4GB brethren.)
This time, DigiTimes has some more background details on the reasons behind the hike. It turns out that DRAM manufacturers have allocated less of their capacity to PC memory and more to server and mobile RAM, according to the "Taiwan-based makers" who spoke to the site. Reportedly, PC DRAM now accounts for less than 20% of Samsung's capacity and less than 50% of Hynix's capacity.
If demand for mobile and server memory doesn't wane, DigiTimes expects contract prices for 4GB PC module to climb "toward $25." I expect retail prices to be even higher, given that 8GB DDR3-1600 desktop kits aren't available for much less than $43 at Newegg already.
|1. Ryszard - $603||2. Hdfisise - $600||3. Andrew Lauritzen - $502|
|4. Redocbew - $350||5. the - $306||6. SomeOtherGeek - $300|
|7. chasp_0 - $251||8. Ryu Connor - $250||9. mbutrovich - $250|
|10. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200|
|In the lab: FLIR's One thermal camera||27|
|Black Friday deals: Dell's U3415 curved monitor for $650 and more||22|
|Abu Dhabi government fund may be shopping GlobalFoundries||45|
|Asus goes for the gold with its 20th Anniversary GTX 980 Ti||7|
|MSI's Eco motherboards let owners fine-tune power consumption||8|
|Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard reviewed||14|
|Star Wars Battlefront video review||39|
|Club 3D active adapters convert DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0||22|
|Phanteks' Power Splitter lets two systems run on one PSU||45|
|This is the answer to SSK's question on the Firefox news post.||+33|