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Davidish

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Nov 8, 2008
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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?
 

dukee101

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Jan 17, 2009
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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 ;)
 
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MacLC

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Oct 18, 2013
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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 ;)

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 http://www.ramseeker.com for a first check. They compare RAM prices from different vendors.
 
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hallux

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

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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 ;)

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

http://www.dramexchange.com/WeeklyResearch/Post/2/3481.html
 
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