Market research firm iSuppli has released a new report that takes a closer look at the DRAM module market. As one might expect, DDR3 dominates. It’s expected to make up the lion’s share of the market until 2014, when iSuppli thinks next-gen DDR4 modules will take the lion’s share of the market.
DDR3 debuted on desktops with Intel’s P35 Express chipset just over four years ago. Although it was relatively expensive at the time, prices fell pretty quickly, allowing DDR3 to reach 24% market share in 2009. The third-gen DDR standard took over the following year, and iSuppli expects an even quicker ramp for DDR4. The research firm predicts that DDR4 will more than quadruple its market share after its first year on the market.
While DDR2 prices are predictably on the rise, DDR3 is incredibly cheap these days. You can snag an 8GB dual-channel kit of name-brand DIMMs for only $65. A similiar SO-DIMM kit for notebooks costs just $3 more.