questionswhat's up with ram prices?


RAM prices constantly fluctuate. It's a supply and demand thing. It gets cheap and people buy it up. Then there will be a shortage and drive the price up. People stop buying and there's another surplus and the prices drop again. It's been like that for years. Also, DDR4 is close to being out and so the manufacturers have slowed the making of DDR3 and that drives the price up. If you can wait, I'm going to guess that DDR3 prices will fall again. How long? I don't know, but it will happen.


I also think it has something to do with how cheap RAM has been the past few years. With the shift from desktops to mobile and many companies going to thin clients, there was no longer the need for as many memory suppliers as there had been. Some of those suppliers went out of business or were bought up by their competition. Now there are less suppliers, so there isn't as much volume and competition in the market, hence higher prices.


@housry23: It also fluctuates due to holiday season, gonna go up before black friday hits so people think it's more of a bargain day of black friday.

Anyone know what the improvements for DDR4 are? Doesn't seem that great to me


I know nothing technical when it comes to RAM, so this may be a stupid question.

WHY can't an adapter, or a new MB connector be made, and a 32gb, 64gb microSD card
be used in place of a stick of RAM?

Why does it "cost" more to make a stick of RAM and an SSD harddrive versus a SD, MicroSD,
thumbdrive, etc.?

To my uneducated mind, it sounds like there is some kind of "OPEC" style organization, that is purposely keeping prices inflated.


@wolfsmane: Read this:

to erroneously qoute Eleanor Roosevelt "It's all about speed. Nasty, bad-ass speed."


@wolfsmane: To save you some reading, RAM is dramatically faster than an SD card.

The fastest SDXC card standard (UHS Class 3) is about 30MB/s.

RAM from 1995 was at least 177MB/s. DDR3 RAM runs between 10-24GB/s depending on the speed rating.


THAT would do it, lol.

Now, I have to ask, IF they have the tech to get RAM to run that fast, why not SD cards and thumbdrives?

I mean, IF you take away the difference in speeds, the cote structure is basically the same between them, correct? If so, why did they let RAM take the high road (fast) while letting SD cards lag behind?

Second thought is, WHAT exactly have they done to make speeds so much faster, that they HAVE to charge multiple times more money than SD cards?

I smell a little price fixing.


@wolfsmane: RAM requires constant electrical supply to keep its content stored. As soon as you pull the power, it's blank. They may have similar circuitry (for the wires), but the chips are entirely different. RAM is like an electrical loop, and SD cards are more like a hard drive where you write to storage and it stays.