Rising RAM Prices?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Gymnut, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Just got my '09 Mac Pro last month with the stock 6GB and had planned on eventually upgrading to either 12GB or 16GB, finances permitting; At the time when I priced out the RAM upgrades from OWC, it was $220 for the 12GB kit and $290 for the 16GB kit. Over the last few weeks the prices have risen dramatically to today where it's almost $100 over the previous prices; I've always known the RAM market to fluctuate, but is there a shortage of supply going on?
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    I haven't heard of one. Likely just an excess of demand or the retailers just seeing how high they can mark up prices before they start to lose money.
  3. Roy macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2006
    Yelp! I went ahead and bit the bullet when the 3 X 4GB (12GB set) got down to $469. Now it's back up to $499. I guess I made a good decision after all. I was waiting until it dropped below the $300 mark. Glad I didn't wait.

    I thought the 4GB modules would run hotter and make my fans runs faster, but they actually run slightly slower now. Go figure!
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    DRAM prices are climbing due to the back to school demand. I expect that P55's launch is going to pull the prices higher on DDR3 as well.

    DRAM tends to bottom out in the summer and rise in the Fall/Winter unless there's a supply side drop or disaster.
  5. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I think the 2008 Mac Pro's ram prices are headed back up. Seems like coming upon the end of the bell curve for them.
  6. Gymnut thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Well that's somewhat comforting to hear, although I was a bit shocked to find such an increase for the 2GB modules. It's been awhile since I upgraded RAM for a computer, my last being my '07 SR MBP, and it was a relatively inexpensive upgrade, at the time, to go from 2GB->4GB. I just hope the prices come back down to what they were at, or lower, in the coming months.
  7. scoobs69 macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2009
    Yup! I got caught for $40 around my ankles today. 4GB x 3 = $457 last friday. It's $497 today. I waited a day and got crunched. Oh well, my wife and I just won't go out to our favorite Mexican eatery (Jalapeño Loco) this Friday. LOL

  8. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Quoting from a recent Reuters article re: memory chip industry

    And, I can never remember RAM prices going down around the time when a new version of Windows is due to be released. ;)
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008

    Potential sales coming up, and they want more money. Limit the supply (heavily reduce production rates) prior to the expected sales period and force an increase in price. Simple. ;) Clears out the warehouses too. :p
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Memory prices have been very low for sometime. There have been plenty of articles that said they would soon go up. The DRAM manufacturers have been losing money for a while now and it can't go on.
  11. shipra macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2009
    Yeah now RAM prices going down. 1 month before i purchased and it was $45 now its in less prices.
  12. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Yep. Tends to run in cycles for some strange reason. ;) :p
  13. Sputnik 1 macrumors newbie

    Sputnik 1

    Apr 15, 2008
    London Eastside, left of centre
    Please pinch me - someone's getting rich here

    Hi folks, i'm a little bit confused, pinch me if i'm dreaming here, but I was looking for a ram upgrade on Crucial (delivers quickly to UK), and had found the 4GB x 2 upgrade out of stock last week. I nearly fell off my perch when I saw the prices today; because I wrongly searched for the early 2009 model whereas I have a 2xquad core early 2008 beast.

    Crucial : 8GB Kit (4GBx2) Part # CT942676 DDR3 PC3-8500
    = £514.04 inc. VAT*
    (That's 847.94 USD FYI)
    Curcial : 8GB Kit (4GBx2) Part #: CT774462 DDR2 PC2-6400
    = £189.74 inc. VAT*
    (That's 312.86 USD)

    I understand that's DDR3 vs. DDR2 but is the speedup increase actually worth that much price difference? I'm shocked at the price of the more recent ram.

    Someone is laughing all the way to the bank here, besides seasonal fluctuations. Can anyone please explain these differences, and should I now be worried about redundancy of my Pro beast after 1 and a bit years????

  14. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    Everyone says they are NOT worth it.


    And while the memory is faster it's the Nehalem CPU's embedded memory controller that makes the most difference (I think). Even still it's not so much faster over the 2008 models as to cause much or any droolage. Even the 2006 Mac Pros are still holding their own against the 2009 models - given their age.
  15. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    The 4GB ECC Unbuffered DIMMs are a low demand configuration, Mac Pro users are probably the most common buyers. Couple with being new this means high prices. A 4GB (2x2GB) 667MHz FB-DIMM kit was over £600 from crucial around this time 3 years ago (just after the Mac Pro launch).
  16. Gymnut thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Thanks for everyone's replies. I think for the time being I'll just slowly upgrade with the 4GB modules, being that the consensus seems to be that prices won't go down until sometime next year after the holidays.

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