Contract Prices for Desktop DRAM Spiking Sharply in 2013

Paul Lilly

DRAM makers are shifting focus from desktop RAM to mobile memory.

Growing demand for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets is prompting memory chip suppliers to commit more capacity to mobile DRAM parts. With only so much capacity to go around, DRAM production for PCs is dropping, resulting in a sharp spike in contract prices. What all this means is that if you spot a good deal on RAM and are in need of an upgrade, go ahead and pull the trigger.

Prices for desktop DRAM aren't likely to go down any time soon, and in fact contract prices for DRAM chips have risen more than 50 percent since the beginning of 2013, Digitimes reports . Prices spiked nearly 20 percent in March alone and show no signs of slowing down.

The reduced output of PC memory chips means higher prices at retail. To wit, DRAMeXchange noted that early March contract prices for 2GB and 4GB DDR3 modules averaged $13.75 and $23, respectively. Those values represent increases of 22 percent and 16.5 percent on the supplier side, which ultimately get passed on to the consumer.

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