DRAM Prices Continue to Decline

MarketWatch reported that DRAM prices have just hit a new five-month low. According to DRAMeXchange, a 4GB DDR3 chip module sold for $18.75 last week and may drop to $18 this week.

Typically, there is a seasonal uptick in DRAM pricing in the September time frame due to increased demand from PC makers that are preparing for the Christmas season. However, there appears to be little to no increased demand, which could be caused by high inventory levels.

While there was no information how much inventory there is, there are implications that Windows 8 has not jumpstarted PC manufacturing enough to stimulate DRAM demand. At this time, DRAM prices are still falling and customers looking to upgrade the memory in their PCs may get even better deals toward the end of the year.


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  • CaedenV
    If I had the spare change I would so jump on these prices. I doubt I would jump up to 32GB of ram right away, but right now I would love to move from a 4x4kit to a 2x8kit, and from 1333 to 1600 with a future plan of a 2nd 2x8GB kit.
    And what do you do when you have 32GB of ram? Ram Drive!
  • CaedenV
    Anyone else getting the odd feeling that these low prices are a last ditch effort to spark interest in hardware before manufacturers just give up and say "screw it... the demand is for only x# of computers, and so we will raise our prices to survive on x# of sales"

    Maybe it's just me :D

    Also, with ram so cheap why are we not seeing smartphones (all be it $500 smartphones) with 2-4GB of memory? Even high end phones are still at 512MB-1GB... and you cannot tell me that they could not benefit from having at least 2GB as the new standard.
  • Just great. Queue the bankruptcies, mergers and buyouts. Like x86 makers, hard drive makers and video card makers, we're going to be left with 2 memory makers when all is said and done.