IHS iSuppli: DRAM Market Falls Flat in Q1

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DDRDiesel

To be honest, I couldn't care less if the market is low.  If it means I can get cheap DDR3 RAM kits, then so be it!

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Paul_Lilly

That's the upshot, cheap RAM for everyone, which is also resulting in more RAM in OEM systems (for those who don't roll their own rigs). The weak market isn't without its casualties, however, such as OCZ ditching the DRAM market to concentrate on the more lucrative SSD sector. Not only did OCZ help pioneer the enthusiast RAM market, it was common practice for their reps to hang out in power user forums to help users tweak their RAM settings.

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livebriand

Remember those days when Vista machines shipped with 1GB RAM and XP systems shipped with 512MB? Yeah, those manufacturers had better include a good 4GB or so. What's with them using 3GB (1x2GB; 1x1GB) when that breaks dual-channel? Sure there's little benefit, but it's still wierd. It costs about $10 more to get 2x2GB.

Also, why are they always of brands I've never heard of? I'd prefer they used name-brand stuff. I have Corsair in one of my machines and g.skill in the other. Who uses Hynix or Elpida in their own build? And for that matter, can you find any info on Ramaxel? (the brand in my lenovo thinkpad laptop)

Even if those low RAM prices hurt manufacturers, at least they're good for the consumers. I paid $100 for a Corsair XMS3 2x2GB 1600MHz 1.65V RAM set in January 2010. Last month, I paid about $60 for the same thing. Now I have 8GB in my desktop.

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Brad Nimbus

As we pack more and more GB into a single DRAM wouldn't that automatically make it all cheaper? In my opinion they deserve it. I remember back when the i7's first came out, I couldn't afford it because the ram prices were outrageous.

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livebriand

It's so annoying that a single 4GB dimm costs so much, 2x2GB is much cheaper. If the 4GB was cheaper, I'd have used that when I bought my machine so I could buy another to upgrade to 8GB later, not replacing any parts, and still leaving room for future upgrades.

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DDRDiesel

Oh trust me, I understand that there are going to be companies dropping like flies.  I always rolled with Kingston, though.  Their HyperX lineup and ValueRam series (For my clients) has never failed me, and I like the range of tweak-ability on their high-performance series.  Not sure if I'm going to throw their T1 line in my home server, though.  Maybe when I can afford the parts...

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