Corsair 4GB (2X2GB)1066 DDR2 PC Memory £73 delivered @ scan - HotUKDeals
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Or £70 for free delivery customers.

Mem prices are through the roof at the moment! Was looking for good 1066 memory at a good price and this is today only offer (probably all weekend) @ scan.

Seems good :) £99 @ ebuyer.
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banned#1
why is memory so damn expensive now?
#2
Not bad but I prefer ebay for DDR2 RAM as new stuff isexpensive nowadays.
#3
You may want to look at these (you don't need to use the water cooling feature) but note that the heatsinks are massive so on a standard mobo you can only fit one kit (2x2gb).
#4
Good price especially if you get free postage.

Mascherano
why is memory so damn expensive now?

It’s not really it’s just that it was unusually low for a while and being sold at a level that was bankrupting the manufactures so the industry had to consolidate to match supply and demand more favourably from their perspective.

GAVINLEWISHUKD
You may want to look at these (you don't need to use the water cooling feature) but note that the heatsinks are massive so on a standard mobo you can only fit one kit (2x2gb).

That’s already been posted as a deal - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/568077/ocz-4gb-2x2gb-ddr2-pc2-9200-1150-mh
#5
I thought it's because many factories have switched to DDR3 production.
#6
Agharta


Never even looked, just noticed the other day.

Don't think I'll buy DDR2 again , DDR3 all the way.
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Agharta
Good price especially if you get free postage.


It’s not really it’s just that it was unusually low for a while and being sold at a level that was bankrupting the manufactures so the industry had to consolidate to match supply and demand more favourably from their perspective.


That’s already been posted as a deal - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/568077/ocz-4gb-2x2gb-ddr2-pc2-9200-1150-mh


Hmm, as far as i remember it was purely because of the amount of resources being put into the production of DDR2 meant it was incredibly cheap to supply, however with intels I7 and AMD's AM3 platforms all supporting DDR3 it meant there was a much higher demand for DDR3 and so production was slowly increasing for ddr3, now we have manufacturers putting more resources into DDR3 production than DDR2 hence why the price has risen for ddr2 and fallen for ddr3.

But you are also correct that it was matching supply and demand, much like what has happened with DDR->DDR2, its the same as now because ddr was pretty cheap and ddr2 was damn expensive but now ddr is pretty expensive and ddr2 was dirt cheap.

Good deal however the OCZ ram seem to be a better deal, Corsair support is brilliant but i haven't had a problem with OCZ hardware yet so cant comment!. Still believe your better off with getting some pc6400 ram and save the cash, you wont see a noticeable performance increase and you can push cpu's to 3.6GHZ (on a 9x multi) with a 1:1 ratio of FSB/Ram, which is pretty high for most and especially now with all the quads out there!.

Voted hot :P.
#8
Hudson92
Hmm, as far as i remember it was purely because of the amount of resources being put into the production of DDR2 meant it was incredibly cheap to supply, however with intels I7 and AMD's AM3 platforms all supporting DDR3 it meant there was a much higher demand for DDR3 and so production was slowly increasing for ddr3, now we have manufacturers putting more resources into DDR3 production than DDR2 hence why the price has risen for ddr2 and fallen for ddr3.

But you are also correct that it was matching supply and demand, much like what has happened with DDR->DDR2, its the same as now because ddr was pretty cheap and ddr2 was damn expensive but now ddr is pretty expensive and ddr2 was dirt cheap.

Good deal however the OCZ ram seem to be a better deal, Corsair support is brilliant but i haven't had a problem with OCZ hardware yet so cant comment!. Still believe your better off with getting some pc6400 ram and save the cash, you wont see a noticeable performance increase and you can push cpu's to 3.6GHZ (on a 9x multi) with a 1:1 ratio of FSB/Ram, which is pretty high for most and especially now with all the quads out there!.

Voted hot :P.



Yes some of it was due to increased production of DDR3 but the main issue as Agharta pointed out was the industry got over competitive. This didn't seem to be an issue with very cheap money available but with this drying up there needed to be change. So it was agreed to push prices back to levels so money could be plowed back into R&D.

But as you point out for most people they wont see any benefit.
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mccririck
I thought it's because many factories have switched to DDR3 production.


Hudson92
But you are also correct that it was matching supply and demand, much like what has happened with DDR->DDR2, its the same as now because ddr was pretty cheap and ddr2 was damn expensive but now ddr is pretty expensive and ddr2 was dirt cheap.

It’s more complicated than that as RAM is a traded commodity so suffers the same pricing fluctuations as other traded commodities such as oil and copper etc.
RAM pricing can change dramatically even when there isn’t a transition to a new format as that is only one pressure on pricing.
DRAM is used in many other devices and not just PCs and they all affect the pricing.

The shift from DDR2 to DDR3 is still underway with DDR2 still having the lions share although that will change later this year.

The Spot & Contract Prices for DDR2-800 and DDR3-1333 chips are very similar although DDR2 sticks are still generally available for lower prices than DDR3 especially if you look for deals. There are good deals for DDR3 but they are rarer; I bought 6GB of OCZ DDR3 1,333 for £78 delivered this week.

You can see the RAM and other memory prices at http://www.dramexchange.com/
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GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes some of it was due to increased production of DDR3 but the main issue as Agharta pointed out was the industry got over competitive. This didn't seem to be an issue with very cheap money available but with this drying up there needed to be change. So it was agreed to push prices back to levels so money could be plowed back into R&D.

It’s a traded commodity so the market sets the price not the manufacturers and that is the [SIZE="3"][COLOR="Red"]very significant difference [/COLOR][/SIZE]between RAM and other PC components.
It’s like oil, BP don’t set the oil price, it fluctuates depending on supply and demand and market sentiment just like stocks and shares.
Once you understand that and know that RAM was selling at below cost at one point due to over-supply then you appreciate that the price has to rise.

The way the manufacturers impact pricing is to regulate how much they supply and if you are selling below cost there is a large incentive to reduce supply.
banned#11
didnt realise RAM manufacturers were such morons
#12
Agharta
It’s a traded commodity so the market sets the price not the manufacturers and that is the [SIZE="3"][COLOR="Red"]very significant difference [/COLOR][/SIZE]between RAM and other PC components.
It’s like oil, BP don’t set the oil price, it fluctuates depending on supply and demand and market sentiment just like stocks and shares.
Once you understand that and know that RAM was selling at below cost at one point due to over-supply then you appreciate that the price has to rise.

The way the manufacturers impact pricing is to regulate how much they supply and if you are selling below cost there is a large incentive to reduce supply.


Yes I'm aware of how the industry works but the big jump wasn't a massive lowering of supply to bump prices it was the 3 big players (Samsung, Hynix and Micron) who back in May decided to artificially inflate prices which also helped out the smaller outfits that were looking to fall by the wayside.
Normally this is discouraged but with it being massive for the respective countries it was left be by the governments involved.
#13
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes I'm aware of how the industry works but the big jump wasn't a massive lowering of supply to bump prices it was the 3 big players (Samsung, Hynix and Micron) who back in May decided to artificially inflate prices which also helped out the smaller outfits that were looking to fall by the wayside.
Normally this is discouraged but with it being massive for the respective countries it was left be by the governments involved.

Wow, I didn't realise they'd been allowed or even able to do that with it being a traded commodity. Things were desperate though. Thanks for the info. :thumbsup:
#14
I was thinking of getting DDR3 but my MOBO doesnt support that (ASUS P5Q Deluxe).

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