questionswhy does ddr3 ram seem to be so much cheaper to…

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(only a guess here) maybe older style ram isn't in production or nearly as much so prices are higher.

side note, I'm loving how cheap ddr3 is. I just bought 12gb (3x4) for $75... two years ago I bought 6gb (3x2) of comparable ram for $140.

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As newer ram becomes popular (and higher in demand) and the need for previous versions of ram become less in demand, the manufacturers re-tool their factories to manufacture the more profitable ram -- the newer more popular kind.

So the manufacturing stops on the discontinued stuff and you are now stuck trying to find some old stock somewhere. They can now charge a premium for the older ram because the supply is lower but there is still some demand for it.

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Everyone is is right. You will notice this with every new version of RAM. Pick up 8GB now and keep it sealed. In 5 years some sucker who bought a used laptop on Craigslist will pay you 4 times the purchase cost. :p

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@gregorylikescheapstu: i just did for 20 bucks on newegg after rebate. :DDDD