Memory prices continue to inch downward

There’s no reprieve in sight for memory makers, by the looks of it. Earlier this morning, DigiTimes reported that spot prices for some 2Gb DDR3 memory chips have slipped to as little as 71 cents. Research firm inSpectrum blames the drop on weak demand in the PC market, which has purportedly caused some brokers to "dump their DDR3 to the spot market," making prices slip further.

In another news story also posted this morning, DigiTimes adds that its sources don’t expect the downward trend in pricing to reverse "in the foreseeable future." Large manufacturers of memory chips are trying to weather the storm in various ways, but the story doesn’t say anything about curbing supply to drive prices back up:

Industry leader Samsung Electronics has been accelerating its shift to 20nm-class process technology to drive down production costs and mitigate ongoing problems in the DRAM industry, the sources indicated.
Other fellow DRAM companies continue to pursue the latest technological advances, and are diversifying their product lines as lowering operating costs and improving production efficiencies is now a must, the sources said.

Meanwhile, at Newegg, 4GB Corsair DDR3-1333 desktop modules are selling for $22.99 with free shipping, and the cheapest 8GB dual-channel kits sell for just over 40 bucks. That’s pretty much what one could expect to pay for a 4GB kit back in June, when we published our Summer 2011 system guide.

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    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Well, I’m not complaining here. 🙂 Let the cheap DRAM roll!

    • internetsandman
    • 8 years ago

    I’d stick with 8 gigs if memory speeds offered any worthwhile or tangible difference in the real world, but as far as I’ve seen, they don’t. So why not pile on the RAM while it’s dirt cheap?

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    And AMD is getting into this market…?!?

    It’s sorta funny, watching the memory market is like watching big companies like to impale themselves slowly and painfully upon their own greed. They could all start producing less, but they don’t trust eachother to do that so no one is going to do that. Their equipment is expensive and all they know how to do is what they’ve done in the past. They’ll try to increase supply to increase their sales, which in turn will just drive down their prices even further.

    In other news I would REALLY like to see a new PCI-E 3.0 ramdrive… One that I can populate with my own dimms and which functions like a normal hard drive. God I so want to stuff one with 96GB of memory and be able to instantly load anything.

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      I compared those AMD DIMMs with some Kingston 1GB DDR3-1333 I have here and they’re exactly the same (except for the branding, of course). I think Kingston (or AMD) came up with the idea of selling AMD-branded DIMMs and they got together on it. That’s the only way it probably is.

    • link626
    • 8 years ago

    i want to see $2.50 per gig prices again.

    • Derfer
    • 8 years ago

    This is a bitch for system builders. Remember when this happened with DDR2? Laptop makers went nuts throwing in excess ram as a selling point because it was so cheap. Then prices more than doubled, but consumers were hooked on that marketing. It’s no use telling them about vista/7 caching and how it instantly frees up ram as needed and to ignore the usage apps. They’ll just nod, then go buy ram that’s not even compatible with their system and try to cram it in there.

    Prices will inevitably go up again, either with the loss of another ram maker or the intro of DDR4. Either way it’s going to happen again where people expect a machine with a certain price and a certain amount of ram and it’s going to cut sharply into profits when the price swings back up.

      • Coran Fixx
      • 8 years ago

      meh, its the natural process of memory technologies life cycle. Many of my customers have computers so overpowered if you built them a machine with even 2gb of Ram in it they would act like you just gave them a flying car.

        • Derfer
        • 8 years ago

        That’s simply not the case. Going back to the DDR3 transitional period no client was satisfied with 2 gbs, and these were dirt cheap $300-400 rigs. When every shitty little walmart laptop was sporting at least 3 gbs everyone wanted 4 gb or more for the desktop regardless of whether or not they needed it. Consumers are trained to think they always need more ram.

    • just brew it!
    • 8 years ago

    Egads, we’re within spittin’ distance of $5/GB. Insanity!

      • BlackStar
      • 8 years ago

      At this rate, DDR will become cheaper than SSDs. Lol.

        • bittermann
        • 8 years ago

        Could you see a motherboard with enough slots for a 128GB ram drive with everything on it! Use a fast SSD to mirror the OS partition for sleep/hibernation…oh sweet goodness!!!

    • Decelerate
    • 8 years ago

    Building 2 comps right now for family members. 8GB for 50 bucks when I paid 170 just 10 months ago!!

    It’s nice overall, but sometimes I wish tech prices wouldn’t rub it in me so hard…

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Memory prices continue to inch downward[/quote<] Can't really complain about that.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      In the short run its awesome, but in the long run this will only hurt the industry, force manufactuers and resellers to close up shop. Less competition when prices finally rebound (not sure how that will happen now until DDR4 comes along, thats all that saved them last time at the end of DDR2) wont help consumers.

      Personally, id take a much more stable price over one that every 2 or 3 years drops to unsustainable levels and wipes out half the industry. I have no idea why RAM is so volatile (pun not intended) in pricing, the rest of the computer industry manages to keep prices stable with low but profitable margins.

        • smilingcrow
        • 8 years ago

        “I have no idea why RAM is so volatile in pricing”

        It’s because it’s a traded commodity like oil, copper, wheat etc unlike CPUs, HDDs etc which are just regular products.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I have 16 Gb on my home computer, I kinda wish I went 8 Gb with 2000 mhz clock instead and a SSD for my system drive.

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    I would love to see 8GB dimms become common. That’d let me put 16GB in a mITX mobo and run several VMs in a small footprint computer.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Provided that they would release the BIOS to support that configuration.

        • flip-mode
        • 8 years ago

        I haven’t looked too closely at current BIOS but just going by mobo product specs, I’ve seen several that already do.

    • bittermann
    • 8 years ago

    I bought 12GB of additional memory to the stuff I already had this summer…I don’t even have enough memory slots to put it all in, but will make use of it somehow! I’m waiting for the 1866-2000 sticks to come down in price a little more to make use of AMD’s BD, if and when they release it…

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