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PC component prices, including DDR4 kits, continue to fall

By midian182 · 24 replies
Dec 28, 2018
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  1. Back in November, a report from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, revealed that the average contract price of 4GB DRAM modules had dropped 10.14 percent compared to the previous quarter. 8GB DRAM modules, meanwhile, had fallen by 10.29 percent.

    While the report focused on bulk DDR4 shipments to PC-OEMs, we’re now seeing the trickledown effect reaching consumers. According to PCPartPicker, which gathers data from dozens of the most popular online retailers and shows historical price charts, 4x4GB DDR4-3000 kits are reaching levels not seen since the middle of 2017. And virtually all the other memory kits are experiencing the same downward trend.

    It’s not just DDR4 that is falling. NAND flash prices keep decreasing, which analysts earlier this year put down to oversupply. PCPricePicker’s charts show the cost of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB SSDs have all fallen since July 2017—a 2TB SSD has dropped in price by more than half.

    Thanks to the end of the cryptomining craze, video cards are also falling back to regular price levels. With crypto such as Bitcoin no longer profitable to mine, miners are have stopped bulk buying cards and pushing up their prices.

    All of this means that now is a great time to build a PC, or grab that new component you’ve been craving for ages.

    All images courtesy of PCPartPicker

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    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018
  2. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 523   +136

    Still not cheap enough for sand....
    UaPro and Reehahs like this.
  3. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Guru Posts: 156   +339

    Typical, Just as I move out of PC gaming, low(er) prices move in.

    Although I'd like to think this is cause & effect in action.

    For the last two yrs greedy bastard component makers have tried to fleece people like me who have become thoroughly sick of the unjustified, ever rising prices and have decided to bail out of PC gaming in protest.

    ...And now those same greedy bastard component makers are going to reap what they have sown in falling sales and (much) lower profits.
    Athlonite, ShObiT and noel24 like this.
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,994   +1,177

    Supply and demand... so , there is more supply? or less demand?

    Beginning to plan my next system.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,941   +1,207

    My 4 almost 5 year old laptop needs to be replaced, maybe the prices for them
    will come down LOL.
    UaPro likes this.
  6. btfsttg

    btfsttg TS Rookie Posts: 27   +17

    It is always a good time to begin a new build.
  7. dj2017

    dj2017 TS Maniac Posts: 160   +167

    Yeah, computer hardware is going down while Nvidia is pushing card prices up. The 2060 will probably be a $400 card. So the 60 card of 2019 will be more than twice the price of the 60 model of 2008 (9600 GT at $180). I doubt 10 years justify this price difference. And 9600GT was pure gold back then.
    Dimitrios likes this.
  8. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 507   +439

    Prices going down to MSRP of the day of release, some 2 years ago is not anything to applaud. When they drop to 50% of MSRP, like all of them, then I will consider, just consider buying a new PC. In the meantime I bought everyone at home a 128GB SSD for Christmas. Those are cheap as borsch, and next year when they are told to drop 10% more, I will probably buy myself a 2TB m2 for my current setup.
    Anyway, I wish every PC enthusiast a Happy New Year and nVidia's and Intel's bankruptcy.
  9. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 180   +90

    PC gaming is a prosumer market, budget mainstream gaming are the consoles, ideally you probably are not a prosumer if you are hitting the roof over pricing so it's probably better and in truth lower end hardware has lower profit margins, they are not loosing sleep over the few people they were never marketing to in the first place.
  10. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 180   +90

    You are more than welcome to buy AMD, people who want Ray tracing will pay the extra for the compute cores and the extra large die size, also if you thing there will be a model at the 200$ and 300$ price segment you need to rethink things a bit.
  11. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 507   +439

    Basically, Your're calling Him poor?
    UaPro likes this.
  12. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 507   +439

    As prooved in multiple publications, Ray Tracing is DOA, Your'not getting it with this generation of cards, whether it's $200 or $1200 card. Are You the one who acually bought into nVidia's lie and now You feel compeled to the World to justify the expense? Poor You!
    senketsu likes this.
  13. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,178   +856

    On average, games don't demand much more than a Core i7, A GTX 1070, 16GB of RAM and just about any SSD with Windows 10.

    But even as the equipment decreases in price, desires continue to gravitate towards newer, more expensive equipment.

    An RTX Card, a Core i7 or Core i9, an SSD, and 16GB of RAM is still quite expensive.
    UaPro likes this.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,286   +4,939

    Naturally as time goes by we gravitate to newer products. We do this regardless of prices. Newer products do not change the fact we are only willing to spend so much.
    senketsu likes this.
  15. 144hzGamer

    144hzGamer TS Addict Posts: 205   +126

    Steamstats disagrees with you. Gtx 1050ti, 1060, 1050,750ti and mx150 most used GPUs. Most played games dota, cs, fortnite, civilization, overwatch, heartstone. Pc high end market is a niche.
    senketsu and noel24 like this.
  16. ironmanjakarta

    ironmanjakarta TS Rookie

    Prices are also going go down due to Trumps America first economic policy that is making the dollar stronger.
  17. I know I'm hitting my limit, $2000 CAD (Canadian dollars) for a graphics card, $1800 phones, etc.
    If this is the revolution, I'm staying home.
    Athlonite and UaPro like this.
  18. UaPro

    UaPro TS Rookie

    Happy New Year to you to, Slavic with tasty ukrainian borsch:)
  19. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 180   +90

    Poor would be not affording even a gaming console, but there is a difference between people on a budget, people are capable of not being poor but not wanting to budget enough for something in particular, being a prosumer doesn't mean you are wealthy, it just means you don't mind spending cash on something in particular, the major point is if you aren't willing to spend the cash on an item you aren't the intended market.
  20. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 180   +90

    You have zero idea of what you are talking about, Ray tracing has always been around and in case you don't realize 2 workstation cards at 16k price tag have replaces a $72k server system for rendering Ray traced video at an even faster rate...yeah dead whatever dude, I seriously doubt you have a clue.
  21. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 507   +439

    Oh, I'm sorry, I thought We talked about PC gaming, console gaming, and in this context I said about real time raytracing in videogames, and suddenly, You're jumping to workstations and raytracing prepared by proffesionals for movies and such, on machines worth thousands of dollars, in some movie studio warehouse... Basically You're trolling now, after apparently loosing an argument.
    RayTracing in VG is immature, too expensive for majority of consumers, therefore for game developers, and generally not ready for wide deployment. That sounds better to You?
  22. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 180   +90

    I'm talking about the technology as a whole, the fact is you can Ray trace games in real time......if you can't understand the significance of that you have zero clue, also let's be clear the cores that allow Ray tracing are workstation centric cores that you find in workstation cards......so there is that. It's not a failure by any means considering sales figures so far. It's a prosumer technology currently when 7nm uvl allows for a cheaper die to be made it will be more adopted. Also I never lost the argument because there is none to be made like it or not Ray Tracing is here to stay developers are extatic about it and of youiknow anything about rendering it is the next step as in from vector to rasterization the next progression is full Ray tracing with redering techniques.

    Honestly this shows how little you know plz just stop it's depressing if you want to troll head over to wccftech.
  23. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 764   +373

    Yea, they keep dropping. Only the ram I bought for 120 some time ago is still priced higher. It is a terrible time to upgrade. I canceled my rtx 2070 order. Well first I found a place to order it without tax, but as they didnt process the order, I started doubting this purchase for the price. I carefully thought about what I play and what fps I get out of 980 4gb gtx. It just works how mr. Huang likes to say. Plus the quality is somethign Nvidia seemed to forgot to include with this series. I would like to try out a used 2070 in few years and see if it can faithfully work like used 1080ties people so love buying on ebay. I still upgraded my mobo and cpu just because I wanted customized lighting and because skylake is way too old. There was a surprisingly good improvement switching from 6600k to 9600k. The improvement was the bench in AC Odysseys. I tested it with the old cpu and mobo first. I got 30 fps average. But then with 9600 I got 40fps average! Other benches like unigine gave almost no improvements as they seem to not care about cpus at all. So yea, I chose customization over gaming improvement and just to my make rig look different.
  24. Stiqy

    Stiqy TS Enthusiast Posts: 51   +45

    Nocturn, all he is saying is RT is 4-5 years away from being a common feature on consumer grade cards. NV is hyping it and trying to convince people to buy $1000 cards to play games but its actually a long way from being widespread outside of existing commercial uses. At least 4 card generations. If you want to spend the extra cash to play the 5% of games that will support it, feel free.

    His observation on the tech is perfectly valid, yet you are replying emotionally as if RT is your personal baby and he insulted it. Chillax man, its technology, not your ideology. You don't have to get all emotional about it.
  25. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 180   +90

    Well I am 100% sure he said RT was DOA which is not a logical assertion, so chillax yourself, I am the one who said 4-5 years for mainstream, NVidia got it kick-started, yes it is expensive it's a massive die size with compute specific cores found in workstation class cards which if you think for 1sec NVidia would cannibalize their cash cow you are insane, logically speaking, generalized cores don't have the compute needed for rt operations, expect higher prices for a long while, besides that DLSS is the real tech here worth anything for gamers as the tensor cores can make up for AA of course the real version DLSS 2x is on the way....but as he said DOA...lol Chillax yourselves don't type unless you have a clue, you have to start the ball somewhere.....it's always at the prosumer level, if it's not for you it's not for you, but don't be ignorant just because it doesn't fit in your little box. Wait for 7nm UVL with Chiplets 2020.

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