I agree with Yodap! I currently have 4GB of Kingston HyperX DDR2 PC8500 1066MHz RAM @ 5 5 5 15 settings.It's my understanding that it doesn't do much for you if you have 2 gig or more of ram.
Good question though.
The prices were lower before the release of Windows 7. Prices are falling again but hardly what they were 8 months ago. 2x1GB DDR2-800 was 30 bucks now the same memory is about 50. The memory that I bought was 16 for the same specs. After spending 16, I'm still waiting for the price to come back down to 30. With this in mind I must disagree with you on memory being at an all time low.RAM prices are at an all time low.
Like Catilley, I didn't realize either that they'd gone up. Or that they would fluctuate that much in general. Looking at the price tags now I'm glad I upgraded when I did. Not that I get a whole lot of use of that 8 GB, but seeing that amount, I am unabashed to say, strokes something in just the right way.RAM prices are high, not as high as in the recent past, but still high.
DDR2 took a big spike upward around a year ago.
Hey Core!Like Catilley, I didn't realize either that they'd gone up. Or that they would fluctuate that much in general. Looking at the price tags now I'm glad I upgraded when I did. Not that I get a whole lot of use of that 8 GB, but seeing that amount, I am unabashed to say, strokes something in just the right way.
RAM is traded like a commodity is, such as wheat, corn and pork bellies. If you want to see something really interesting, check out the following from March 6, 2002,I didn't realize it went up and down that much in that short a period.
SDRAM and DDR module prices are continuing to rise rapidly across the industry. We highlighted this trend a couple of months ago when memory prices first hit about double their rock-bottom levels of October 2001. Now, memory prices are at about 3x the low levels of October 2001, as displayed by a graph of the weekly memory price e-mail from Crucial.com:
Prices are expected to keep rising in the near future, and DRAM revenues (not necessarily unit volume) are expected to make a huge comeback in 2002, with totals 55% higher than in 2001. Read more on that at ChipGeek.
Why do I highlight the numbers from Crucial.com? It's simple: the company is nice enough to e-mail weekly price listings to whomever wants them. You just go to the Crucial site and sign up. Also, it doesn't hurt that it's part of Micron, now the biggest DRAM supplier in the world, and thus a good measure of module pricing. In any case, in the past two weekly mailings I noticed another big uptick from the last one we reported.
I could see this trend continuing to $120 for 256 MB, but I don't think it will go much higher than that for long. Perhaps every couple of months I'll add on to the graph, and we'll report that prices are going up or down. Also, I have some data from before September 29, 2001, when prices were much higher–so, it's only fair to mention that, and try to get it into future graphs to show the full story. However, for those of us who remember the glory days of September-October 2001, the current trend is not one that we enjoy as consumers, even if it does bring the memory industry back to profitability.
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