DRAM prices falling amid weakening PC demand

By Matthew · 17 replies
Sep 10, 2010
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  1. Good news for anyone planning to purchase system memory in the near future: prices are plummeting. According to anonymous industry sources cited by DigiTimes, a weakening demand for PCs is pushing DRAM prices down, and things might stay that way for a while. It's believed that lower computer sales will lead to an oversupply of DRAM chips through early next year.

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  2. Wait, if 1GB of DDR3 is expected to drop to $2.20, does that mean we can expect 4GB of DDR3 ram for under $10??? That is unbelievable if true, definitely not complaining though.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    Note the lower case b.
  4. seronx

    seronx TS Rookie Posts: 26

    GB = gigabytes
    Gb = gigabits

    just helping ;)

    4Gb on each side of the ram = 8Gb = 1GB
    8Gb on each side of ram = 16Gb = 2GB
    so 2GB is going to become real cheap on samsung's side

    An average 1GB stick has 4 1Gb modules on north side and 4 1Gb modules on the southside

    $17.60 + supply and demand + licensing fee = cost

    so 2GB samsung ram sticks might get to be

    $12 + supply and demand + licensing fee = whatever they send out to the market(cost)
  5. The ram market is almost 100% based on price fixing so clearly weak PC demand has nothing to do with the price point of dram.
  6. seronx

    seronx TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Price fixing is illegal...don't you understand anti-trust?
  7. just because it's illegal doesn't mean it's not done, if i remember correctly there was a case not long ago involving price fixing.
  8. seronx

    seronx TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Not long ago?
    All the companies that were price fixing were sued before 2007

    To date, five manufacturers have pleaded guilty to their involvement in an international price-fixing conspiracy including Hynix, Infineon, Micron Technology, Samsung, and Elpida.

    These five companies were in the price-fixing cartel...
    They no longer price fix

    $160M Fine is alot of money(Infineon was sued that amount being the third largest anti-trust fine ever in the US)
    and price-fixing makes companies lose money than gain money

    If you live outside of the US oh well good luck
  9. 3 years = not long ago:)
  10. treesmoker

    treesmoker TS Rookie Posts: 26

    So will these prices be dropping everywhere? like the UK for example, or just in the US?
  11. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    Prices are still heavily artificially inflated these days though, because the companies know they can get away with it. Thankfully, I got my DDR3 modules early, before they started bumping up the prices at a stupid rate. If I want to buy the same mudules now, it'd cost me an extra £60-£70 for 6GB
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    That's funny, if I were to buy the same ram I have now I'd save over 230 usd from when I first bought them.
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    You know that was one fact, which made me not to buy an DDR3 motherboard for my C2Q, when recently the old motherboard died a silent death, so I ended up buying an MATX board first time ever. I guess, if SandyBridge is out in the same range as i7 8xx series ....... I am going to upgrade this thing much sooner now :D

    On the side note, if someone sells their kidney in India to some wealthy person (ideally from west/ME), they can probably buy a high end PC not just the RAM ;)
  14. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    And on that note, it's off to India
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well, you can do that once ................. second time around you need a new PC, what will be your plans then?
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,005   +2,532

    Dialysis maybe......? :rolleyes:
  17. "These five companies were in the price-fixing cartel...
    They no longer price fix"
    LOL come on - it wasn't like they raised there hand and said we were price fixing. No multiple investigations - whistle blowers, charges, fines...

    You think those fines hurt them. They were far outweighed by the profits reaped.
    I'll but a kidney up against the notion that they aren't price fixing again. Just as before the prices rose suspiciously - reasoning given increase in demand....

    I'll be my left foot that someone comes forward or has already and that's why the prices are beginning to fall so rapidly and evenly.
  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Ahh ...... fixing ....... first it was spot fixing, now price fixing hmmm no wonder people are getting caught up in these fixing cycles every now and then.

    But why would he have dialysis on his remaining kidney it would only cost him money ......

    On the contrary perhaps he can work for one of those sperm banks ? Not sure how much money he'll get lol

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