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philip March 22, 2013

Per Xbit labs and discussion on Reddit's /r/buildapc, reductions in DRAM supply are causing an increase in DDR3 RAM module prices. The change has been significant, and the results are not pretty...

The gray banding represents the min/max price. Blue highlighting represents the intensity plot of prices. As you can see, over the last week or two the minimum price has increased sharply, and overall prices are trending upward at a fast rate.

It's unclear at this point how much higher the cost of RAM will go. If you're looking to buy in the next few months, this is definitely something you'll want to keep in mind.

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Jimmy 6 points 73 months ago

Wow, I'm glad I got my dual channel set back in November for $25. Now look at what it's price would be XD

beeerbelly 1 Build 6 points 73 months ago

Quite alarming, but fortunate Ram is the only part id advise can be bought secondhand without much risk at great savings.

ixjf 5 points 73 months ago

I'm wondering why prices got so high, a 8GB (2x4GB) RAM kit was around 37€ here (Portugal) and now it costs 45-50€. It's quite a big increase.

brigittebeau 2 Builds 5 points 73 months ago

My RAM was $40 when I bought it. Now it's $60 ._.

ten8yp 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Purchased for $75 here... now its over $100.

Djangosp2 1 Build 4 points 73 months ago

:/ perfect....

gogo809 3 Builds 3 points 73 months ago

SOAB!!! grrr

maru487 3 points 73 months ago

This blows. I saved and as part of my new system bought 2x4GB 1600MHz in Dec for $28. Great! Until I discovered one of the sticks wouldn't work. Did all the usual tests and it seemed to be a cold solder joint. Looked at RMAing, but it would cost ME $18 to ship it back!

Exhausting all avenues, I decided that it would be better to reflow the stick and if that didn't work just buy a new set. I carefully peel off the heatsink and found one of the memory chips sticking to the double sided tape. Looking closer, I was right... cold solder joints on that chip which caused the traces to rip as well. Stick is toast.

Went to go and buy a new set and I have been waiting since early Jan for prices to be reasonable. But nothing yet!!

Total BS that I should have to pay 1 cent for a valid RMA!

This concludes my bitching.

airdeano 3 points 73 months ago

im glad someone else had noticed. i'd thought it was "trending" and recovering from holiday sales. but its passed into the used RAM market. excellent graph and acknowledged..

Jin_Shiranai 1 Build 3 points 73 months ago

So glad I built when I did. Got my 2x8 sticks for $60 earlier this year. Same ones are $112 now.

dubbstepp 2 points 73 months ago

This is sad......I have been checking the ram prices over the years, 2012 pretty much had the cheapest prices (Hell I could have gotten 16gb of 2133mhz for $84!!!) but since I had no time to buy the parts, I am stuck with 2013 where the prices have gone up :(

quakeguy 2 points 22 months ago

Lmao I found this via google.

$80 for a kit? Hahah I'm paying like $300 for a 32GB DDR4 3200 kit today.

Fastmaster7 1 point 73 months ago


Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 73 months ago

I'm glad I bought my RAM in October.

Smily 1 point 73 months ago

The increased demand from the holidays and such drove demand up a ton. I bet it'll go back down...


wizpig64 1 point 73 months ago

So should I buy ram now for my June 2013 build, or wait for it to settle down again?

jdog2115 1 point 73 months ago

Corsair Vengeance just went under $50 for the 2x4GB 1600MHz, I would grab that asap.

Joe_Cool99 1 point 73 months ago

This is unfortunate, but I still have a long time till I have enough money for the parts I need, so maybe it'll go back down by then.

RobotChinchilla 1 point 73 months ago

Anyone know if RAM is ever going to drop soon? Its high as hell right now.

adamisepic 1 point 73 months ago

could you please add the loop all-in-one chassis and slot-load optical drives

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 73 months ago

For the Loop AIO chassis, It's in there, but availability is limited (so I can't get any price data yet):


I'll have to look into the slot loading drives.

Mincading 12 Builds 1 point 73 months ago

i never thought dram supply would ever be shorted out... doesnt this also mean higher SSD prices for some?

theSWBFman 1 point 73 months ago

Last month 4x4 16gb 1600 cl9 gskill ripjaws x was 80$, now its 125$

JYUN7 1 point 73 months ago

Maybe a silly question, but I am new to this as my son(12) wants to build his own PC and he told me to come to this site to check on prices of his list and I was met by the RAM INCREASE PRICE CHART. MY question, WHY is a product that is not seeing any additional R&D or getting any 'better' would be increasing in price??? Was there a loss of production at a main provider??? There can't be a big enough increase in demand to justify the increase in price.
Obviously, I am just guessing, based on my own logic. Is there a REAL reason for this trend?

eithris 1 point 73 months ago

what is going up is DDR3 memory. i personally believe that the increase in price is intentional because they want the market to adopt DDR4 faster than when we got DDR3. basically, RAM manufacturing companies have slowed down or stopped making DDR3 and now they're making DDR4 to stock it up. they'll slowly squeeze all the profits they can out of DDR3, and when the price gets high enough and they get close to running out, they'll launch DDR4 and make massive profits. not only that, current motherboards only accept DDR3, so people will be replacing entire rigs.

they're hoping to force one last profit cycle out of the desktop market before everything goes to tablets and smartphones and cloud storage.

riggsiscool 1 point 73 months ago
atx 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago


Apparently back in September of 2013 the South Korean based Hynix plant in Wuxi suffered a major fire... The price of the benchmark DDR3 2-gigabit dynamic random-access memory chip reached $2.27 yesterday, compared with $1.60 on Sept. 4 2013, the fire forced the closing of SK Hynix’s factory in Wuxi, according to DRAMeXchange, Asia’s largest market for the components. Icheon, South Korea-based SK Hynix expects to resume production on the fire-hit line next month. But basically like the price of gas, we won't see a reduction in price for sometime as SK Hynix catches up with demand.

Full articles here; http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9242835/DRAM_prices_up_35_since_China_fab_plant_fire

and here; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-23/chip-prices-reach-two-year-high-after-sk-hynix-fire-in-china.html

Note; I just noticed that this forum is dated March of 2013, and the price of RAM was already on the rise, thus if the fire happened back in September 2013... That doesn't look bode to well for the price of RAM to calm back down to sensible levels on the market anytime soon. :-P

readdyeddy 1 point 28 months ago

hmm.... i got my Team Dark Elite 16 GB ram DDR3-1600 (CAS 9) for 60 bucks...

IncognitoGamer123 1 point 16 months ago

DDR4 is soooo expensive!

JForce522 2 Builds 0 points 73 months ago

Philip, can you add a section to the Forum dedicated to Build-offs, contests, giveaways, etc.? That would be great.

Thank you,


Super_Sandwich 0 points 73 months ago

Bad news bears, and I'm planning on building my first PC soon too. Maybe it will drop once DDR4 gets off the ground, if Haswell will support it.

minedwiz -7 points 73 months ago

Lovely. Thank you, Microsoft, for hyping Windows 8.

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