Intel RAM Prices... how low are they going to go?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by grpaul349, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. grpaul349 macrumors member

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    I have a Macbook and have been looking to upgrade my RAM to 2GB. In the past few months the price has gone down from over $300.00 for (2) 1 GB sticks to its current price of around $167.99 (Crucial just lowered their price.)

    My question is.... where does everyone see the bottom on Ram Prices? $167.99 is a great deal for 2 GB of RAM - but do you think its dropping much lower? Could we see it for under $100.00 in the near future?
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Impossible to say. Overall, the trend is downwards, until the demand on that type of RAM lessens and production moves to newer types, then the price starts going back up.

    But, there are short term hikes and dips all the time.

    Think of the pricing curve of RAM from introduction to discontinuation as being like a shark's grin.

    Broadly, like a smile, starting high, dropping with demand and volume, flattening with a mature market, and rising as the market moves away, but with sharp up and down teeth all along the path.

    Thanks
    Trevor
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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Prices should keep dropping on DDR2-667 for some time still. That is until the Christmas season again or demand drops/increases greatly and supply slow production down/catches up with demand.

    Right now a 1 GB SODIMM of DDR2-667 goes between $65-80 on average.
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    you can get crucial ram from newegg cheaper than you can get it from crucial. but prices are really going down. you can get g.skill ram (2 gb) for $125. i'd jump on it if i didn't already have 2 gb.
     
  5. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a

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    I wish the 2GB sticks would start dropping rapidly in price... I'd like to upgrade my MBP from 2x1GB to a total of 3GB...
     
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    It won't drop any further, when the industry moves towards DDR3 modules with the new Santa Rosa chipset prices for current crop of chips will rise not fall.
     
  7. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    How much are they going for around now?
     
  8. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    me too, i do hope that they do come down even though santa rosa is coming out!
     
  9. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I'm looking to grab a 15" 2.16ghz MBP in the next day or two, and the first thing I'm gonna do is max out the RAM to 3GB so I need to get that 2gb stick ASAP.
     
  10. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    I don't think anyone can say exactly how far they will fall, but I do know that the exact same kit of 2x1GB sticks I bought just 3 weeks ago for my MacBook are already $22 less today than they were then. My guess is that they'll probably continue to drop somewhat for the next month or so at least, unless there is some sort of disruption in supply or some other factor that occurs to impact the market. It's definitely a good buyers market at least these days.
     
  11. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, @ Crucial.com (http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=B5845484A5CA7304) currently has it for $439.99. Buying direct from Crucial would be my most likely (by a long shot) avenue for buying 3rd party RAM...I've had nothing but good experiences w/ them in the 8+ years I've purchased memory for my Windows machines... I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives...
     
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    I wish i could buy my RAM in USA and get it shipped over. RAM weighs nothing, so postage would be nothing.

    2x 1Gb sticks for MBP CD:

    USA = $168 = £85

    UK = £101 = $200


    Hmm, i just did the comparison now. The gap has closed considerably. UK prices last time i checked were a lot higher.

    I hope trends continue and prices drop more until summer!!
     
  14. grpaul349 thread starter macrumors member

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    Crucial Drops... again

    Looks like Crucial dropped the price again... $145.99 for (2) 1 GB Sticks... I'm thinking I should just take the plunge and buy some. I can't see it going much lower.
     
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    I saw on OWC that they're 2GB Module for the 2.16ghz C2D is $259, and Apple's original samsung is $449. With my last laptop, I bought the original samsung but to save $200... I'm not sure what to do here. I do know I want to max out RAM asap.
     
  16. southpaw17 macrumors member

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    Is crucial a reliable site to buy from. I like cheap price, but not cheap quality. Why is the price for ram on apple's site so expensive. it is over 2X crucial's price.
     
  17. grpaul349 thread starter macrumors member

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    Crucial Ram

    I consider Crucial to be an excellent (tho sometimes pricey) source of RAM. I have always bought my RAM from them and found it to be the highest quality.
     
  18. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    I just bought two 1 GB sticks for $135 from NewEgg.

    18004Memory has two 1 GB sticks for $121, and they're labeled for MacBook use too.

    I ordered from NewEgg because I was already ordering a hard drive there anyway and I was feeling lazy though (no extra for shipping since I'm getting them shipped together, so I suppose I payed $10 extra).
     
  19. grpaul349 thread starter macrumors member

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    $131.99 for 2 GB

    I just ordered from Crucial.... with a 10% coupon it came to $131.99 for 2 GB of RAM.... a good price. I can remember only a few months ago when it was over $300.00 for 2 GB !
     
  20. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    2GB of ram that can be used in a 15" 2.16ghz MacBook Pro? and there are no problems with this particular type of ram? I was expecting prices of $250 - $450 based on OWC's listings.

    Can you give the details on the 10% coupon you used? I just got my 15" 2.16ghz MacBook Pro in the mail today and I wanna throw a 2GB Ram module in there ASAP.
     
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No No No
    2 x 1 Gb SODIMMs is what they are talking about.

    2 Gb SODIMMs have not come down nearly as fast, they use much more expensive components.
     
  22. Thi macrumors member

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    yes please indicate whether they are 2x1g or 2g.
     
  23. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    damnit! I had gotten so happy too!

    *punches wall
     
  24. grpaul349 thread starter macrumors member

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    sorry!

    Sorry for the confusion... I purchaed (2) 1 GB sticks of Ram from Crucial for a total of $131.99.... not quite the steal some thought, but an excellent price nonetheless ;)
     
  25. grpaul349 thread starter macrumors member

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    2 GB Crucial up and running fine

    I just received the 2 GB of Ram from Crucial.... up and running fine.

    Does anyone know how much the (2) 512 MB sticks of factory ram might be worth? Since I paid $131.99 for the 2 GB, I assume the 512 might go for 40 or 50 bucks?
     

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