So you think RAM is expensive?

CanadaRAM

macrumors G5
Original poster
Someone on another list dug up an official Apple Canada pricelist from 1977

Apple II Complete Computer, with 4 KB RAM $1,400
Apple II Complete Computer, with 16 KB RAM $1,678
Apple II Complete Computer, with 48 KB RAM $2,638

44 KB RAM upgrade = $1,343

That's $30.50 per Kb, $31,232 per Mb

At that rate, a fully loaded 16 Gb G5 tower would cost (for the RAM alone)




<wait for it>



511


Million


Dollars


in 1977 dollars


Which is approximately

1

point

6

billion

2006 dollars :eek: :eek:


Now, don't let me hear you complain about the price of RAM today...;)

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com
 

sushi

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CanadaRAM said:
Someone on another list dug up an official Apple Canada pricelist from 1977

Apple II Complete Computer, with 4 KB RAM $1,400
Apple II Complete Computer, with 16 KB RAM $1,678
Apple II Complete Computer, with 48 KB RAM $2,638

44 KB RAM upgrade = $1,343

That's $30.50 per Kb, $31,232 per Mb
<snip>
Yep, memory used to be very expensive.

The most that I paid for memory was in the late 80's for a 96KB module for my HP-71.

Cost was $1,295 or $13,489 per MB.

...that's only 13.5 million per GB. What a bargin! ;)
 

jsw

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Speaking of RAM, I wonder at what point the world's total RAM exceeded the 16 GB you can stuff in a G5 now. Probably more recently than many would expect... late '70's, maybe?
 

mattcube64

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May 21, 2006
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It makes you think...

...that in another thirty years, might we be stuffing terabytes of
RAM into our computers?!
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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Andover, MA
If we follow the trend, it'll be petabytes.

Which will be required if you want to keep all of mad jew's posts in memory by then.