Less Expensive 16GB RAM

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

  1. Davidish macrumors member

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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?
     
  2. jdechko macrumors 68040

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

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

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    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

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  6. dukee101 macrumors member

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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 ;)
     
  7. MacLC macrumors 6502

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    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 68020

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

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    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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