Why has RAM prices gone down so much?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by civilizedrat, May 4, 2007.

  1. civilizedrat macrumors regular

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    This rapid price decent is stupendous! Just three months ago, the cheapest MacBook RAM was $70+. There's now close to 10 available RAMs for less than $50 (with word of some being $35). Is there something going on? Did hell freeze over?

    Exhibit A: Newegg
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Post Christmas
    2. Post Vista Launch
    3. Market Saturation of DDR2-667 RAM
     
  3. civilizedrat thread starter macrumors regular

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    How does this play a part? Is it because Vista requires at least 1GB to run?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    People bought up a lot of RAM to run Vista.
     
  5. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    1. Not really.
    2. Not really.
    3. Somewhat.

    RAM prices were high late last year (about $100/GB for DDR2-667) because for reasons I don't understand all the major memory manufacturers switched to a new production process at about the same time. I think it may have been related to environmental laws, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, it took them a little while to ramp up production on the new fabrication equipment, and while they were doing that the market was a little wanting for high-speed DDR2 chips. Now that they're up to speed, and now that DDR2-667 is much more common (hence more manufacturers are making it than before), prices are falling.

    In January, I bought 2GB of RAM for my iMac and it cost $196, and that was the best price. A month and a half ago, I bought 2GB for my MacBook and it only cost $130. I don't think it will go much lower than it's at right now though, which is roughly $50/GB for a good deal.
     

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