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Uh... is there a reason RAM cost so much now?

#1St34lth24Posted 11/2/2013 5:39:16 PM
I remember buying a mobo a couple months back and had to buy some new ram (2x4 8GB) which was only about $40. Now I see the same RAM listed and it's gone up to $98.
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#2StormKMDPosted 11/2/2013 5:42:47 PM
Economy problems?
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#3PhilOnDezPosted 11/2/2013 5:45:15 PM
The new consoles are eating it up, plus there was a fire at one of the factories that produces it. High demand and (slightly) lowered availability atm.
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#4KeeperofthedarkPosted 11/2/2013 5:48:35 PM
And they laughed at me when I got 16 gigs of the stuff in my build. Well, who's laughing now?!

But yeah, what the other guy said. Bit less supply, demand, all that capitalistic, free market good stuff.
#5unknown2226Posted 11/2/2013 5:55:07 PM
Most likely price fixing actually.
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#6MasterDonGeroPosted 11/2/2013 6:07:02 PM
Keeperofthedark posted...
And they laughed at me when I got 16 gigs of the stuff in my build. Well, who's laughing now?!

But yeah, what the other guy said. Bit less supply, demand, all that capitalistic, free market good stuff.


There is no such thing as a free market.
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#7KabtheMentatPosted 11/2/2013 6:08:14 PM
Oh here we go!
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#8Bazooka_PenguinPosted 11/2/2013 6:10:25 PM
Memory chips are used to make RAM sticks for desktops/laptops and RAM sticks for tablets. Overall production rate is the same, but a greater proportion of those chips are being used to make RAM modules for tablets because of increasing demand for tablets, meaning there are simply less RAM modules being made for desktop/laptops. If demand for desktop/laptop RAM is, at least, the same but supply goes down that means prices go up.
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#9lionheart5656Posted 11/2/2013 6:17:34 PM(edited)
Because the PS4 showed us how powerful RAM really is especially when the number on it is bigger.
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#10YoungAdultLinkPosted 11/2/2013 6:18:45 PM(edited)
2x2 was $20 a year ago. It's now $43 to buy the same set I bought before.

I doubt you were finding 2x4 at $40 any time recently.

Also, they've been changing over to make the ram used in mobile phones and such lately, since it's a growing market, plus the chips used in SSDs and such. RAM is a shrinking market.
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