Memory prices have been steadily climbing over the past few months, and the trend looks set to continue. According to the folks at DigiTimes, DRAM suppliers are still shifting their production capacity toward memory for mobile devices, which is causing a "substantial decrease" in PC DRAM production.
Major manufacturers like Samsung, Hynix, and Elpida are reportedly prioritizing DRAM for "smartphones and tablets." Some smaller, second-tier makers are doing the same, while others have reportedly "decided to gradually phase out from the DRAM market," further tightening PC DRAM supply.
The result? Shorter supplies and higher prices. The site says PC memory prices have spiked by more than 50% since the beginning of the year.
I took a quick peek at DRAMeXchange, which keeps track of PC memory prices, and it currently quotes an average contract price of $23.50 for 4GB DDR3-1333/1600 SO-DIMMs. That works out to $47 for an eight-gig kit, but retail prices are even higher. At Newegg, you can expect to pay at least $51.99 for a DDR3-1600 notebook kit or $56.99 for a similar desktop kit. Similar dual-channel bundles were selling for $37.99 when we put together our Christmas system guide in December.
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