8GB of RAM (2x4GB) is $349.99 now??

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  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Wow its almost close now where 8GB of RAM will be affordable!

    Just a little longer and it'll hit $299, then $199 (that's when i'll upgrade)! Hopefully by this summer.
     
  2. gothamm macrumors 6502a

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    you must be looking at apple.com.


    its a lot cheaper than that!
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Sadly it's $499 on crucial.com =\
     
  4. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    not really....
     
  5. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    What are you talking about? Apple is selling it for $600 for the 8GB upgrade.
     
  6. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    memory doesn't necessarily go down over time, i.e. no guarantee that memory in 2 months will be the same or cheaper. It's very yield/supply orientated, and the prices fluctuate often. That being said, $350 is a great price for 2x4GB SODIMM imo, though I'm holding off until I see what the official rated memory is for the new MBP's.
     
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  8. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Other world computing.
     
  9. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Memory will go down overtime my friend. The 8GB (4GBx2) just last december was $899 and sometime last october it was $1000.

    I'm pretty confident that the current price of $349 will drop to $249 or $199 just before they prep the 8GB dimms to be released.

    I remember 2GB sticks were about $300-$400 a pop, now you can buy 2GBx2 for a total of 4GB for $99-$150.

    The new unibody 13", 15" and 17" (the model I have) supports up to 8GB of RAM so no worries.

    I just dont want to drop $400 right now for 8GB because I dont need them THAT bad. But if it hits the right price, I sure can use the 8GB of RAM. It'll actually give you a little better battery life as the RAM wont page out as often and put less stress on the hdd.

    All I can say is for those people that spent $1000 on the 4GBx2 (8GB) just a few months ago has to be kicking themselves now!
     
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  12. duky macrumors 6502

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    You're right to an extent -- e.g. 4GB (2x2GB) sticks have gone up in price quite considerably ($60 when the unibody MBs came out to $100 now) -- but over a long span of time these prices eventually do come down..
     
  13. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    we JUST got over an increase in memory prices...they practically fluctuate like the price of gasoline. There is absolutely no guarantee in 6 months the price will be the same or less, as it's happened many a time before where it could go up. I remember buying DDR2 back in the day for like $50/GB, and then selling it 8 months later for 3 times that on a FS/FT forum because the market price had increased so much. So please don't speak with certainty on a subject matter you clearly have very little knowledge of.


    while by no means an authority, here's an article explaining a bit why that says it better than I could say for myself. http://www.usbtalk.net/2009/09/fluctuating-prices-of-flash-memory-commodity-or-a-scam/
     
  14. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    I agree, over the long haul that should be the case, up until the point where the product is discontinued, and then you get another bump in prices, like if you tried to buy DDR or DDR2 right now.
     
  15. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    I paid $150 for a 4gb module almost exactly a year ago. Using slightly outdated hardware is great!

    It's too bad RAM manufacturers figured out that less production means they can sell stuff for higher prices and make more money.
     
  16. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Well I'm talking about a price drop from the very newest released RAM. I know RAM prices fluctuates up and down (once its hit the very rock bottom prices and becomes old technology) but the 4GB dimms have not hit rock bottom prices yet.

    I've bought RAM for the past 21 years and had my eye on the price so I know what I'm talking about. Usually when the type of RAM becomes (old) technology and manufacturers do not produce them as much, thats when prices are driven up.

    I've been keeping my eye on the 4GB dimms and especially on the Mac Pro desktop RAM ever since the first generation. So I know the prices fluctuates once the RAM has become of old technology.

    So to an extent I believe you are correct but in the short term, the 4GB dimms have NOT hit the rock bottom prices yet. So expect it to hit around $150 at some point and maybe as low as $99 and fluctuate back up to $150 (or $300 after 8-10 years).

    But even if it fluctuates back up to $150 from $99 later in the future, it sure as hell beats paying $349 now or rather $1000 just 4-5 months ago!
     
  17. zipa macrumors 65816

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    Lucky you. I remember paying an arm and a leg for my first PC with 1 MB RAM and a 40 MB HDD. I still remember when I got it and thought: "man, I'll never be able to fill that drive..."
     
  18. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I just got a 4 gig module plus a 2 gig module to upgrade my 2.4Ghz MB Pro. I got it from OWC for $187.99. That seemed to me to be a reasonable price.
     
  19. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Seemingly not all that long ago I paid almost that much for just a single 4GB RAM module. But that is the nature of these things. I'm still waiting for this to start happening with the SSDs. :)
     
  20. DarthSnuggles macrumors member

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    Have you done before/after benchmarking? It's usually much more performant to have matching DIMMs.
     
  21. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    matching the dimms will make very very little difference.

    less then %5
     
  22. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Modern laptop chipsets have asymmetric dual channel capability, so unmatched DIMMs run almost as fast as matched DIMMs.

    If the specs don't match, the RAM will run at the speed of the slowest installed RAM, though.
     
  23. Dcuellar macrumors regular

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    Can anyone on here tell me what brand/make ssd Apple uses?
    How about RAM?
     
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