Less Expensive 16GB RAM

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Davidish, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Davidish macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2008
    Is it just me or has the 16GB (8GB x 2) RAM for MacBook Pros gotten really expensive? They all seem to be ~$150+ on Newegg now.

    I'm looking to upgrade my late 2011 MacBook Pro from 4GB to 16GB. Does anyone know where I can find 16GB for a bit cheaper or maybe a better time to be buying?
  2. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    It's all going to be pretty expensive, as 8GB SO-DIMMS are expensive.
  3. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
    Should of bought around 2011 when the prices of 16GB ram were $45-70 in price. :cool:
  4. bakechad macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2008
    I normally buy memory from http://www.bhphotovideo.com/.

    Good prices and great service. I've had really good luck with them on computer stuff, photography stuff, electronics, etc.
  5. Phildo macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2011
    Perth, Western Australia
  6. dukee101 macrumors member


    Jan 17, 2009
    It's because of a fire at the Hynix memory chip plant and a shutdown of a TSMC factory as well. It's a temporary supply shock that's caused prices to spike 30-40% in the past few months. Expect to see normalization in the coming 3-4 months. It's a strange situation to see commoditized computer components go up in price but it happens time to time. Last time I saw something like this was when hard drive factories in Thailand and Vietnam got taken offline because of a huge typhoon a few years back. HDD prices shot up for a good 6 months but then normalized again. Shoulda bought RAM futures man ;)
  7. MacLC macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2013
    Indeed, that fire was bad for prices for consumers, though thankfully the plant only made DRAM, not memory for SD cards or SSDs.

    I haven't upgraded RAM in over 6 years but I always used to go to www.ramseeker.com for a first check. They compare RAM prices from different vendors.
  8. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Wow, the Corsair Vengeance kit has almost doubled in price since I bought mine last summer (2012)..
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    It's because two companies control over 60% of the market and they could make more money from that position.


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