Good news everybody, RAM might only get somewhat more expensive this year

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2018 - 04:43 PM |
Tagged: DRAM, ddr4, price

Last year we saw the price of RAM, especially DDR4 increase by 40%, ending the year more expensive than when it was first released.  The DRAMeXchange is predicting this will slow in the coming year, which is somewhat like, but not exactly, good news.  Prices are not going to level off nor decrease, but instead the increases will slow into single digit percentages.  This has made memory makers extraordinarily happy, as you can see from their financials below.  One can only hope that the new fabs being build come online when scheduled as this trend will continue as more devices demand more memory in even the basic models.

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"Price increases for mobile, PC and server DRAMs are starting to moderate in the first quarter of 2018 as suppliers expand and reallocate production capacity. Following an average price hike of about 40 percent in 2017, DRAM prices are forecast to increase in single-digit percentages in the first and second quarters of 2018, according to the latest analysis from DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce."

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