At a time when hard drive prices are up, motherboard prices might be going up, and solid state drives (SSDs) are still comparatively expensive (per gigabyte), the DRAM market may have finally bottomed out. That's the feeling from Micron president Mark Adams, who heads the only U.S.-based DRAM maker still in existence. According to Adams, DRAM prices have finally hit rock bottom.
Even though all the focus is on hard drives and the aftermath of the Thailand floods, DRAM manufacturers have fallen on hard times, too. DRAM has never been cheaper, and while that’s good for me and you, it’s hard to run a business if you’re basically giving away the product. Japanese DRAM maker Elpida Memory may be learning that lesson the hard way right now; rumors say that the Japanese government is pushing hard for Elpida to join forces with Toshiba to try and keep the business afloat.
In these lean economic times, a punch to the wallet hurts almost as much as a punch to the gut – and rising HDD prices have us all stumbling and woozy. Creative problem solvers with hefty mobos may have found their thoughts turning towards a mind-blowing RAM disk as one possible solution, given the rock-bottom prices of memory these days. Toss that out the window. Adata’s Chairman and CEO said that the DRAM production cutbacks that memory makers kicked in earlier in the year will take effect as early as January, which means – yep – you’ll be paying more for DRAM soon, too.
It’s shaping up to be a festive holiday season for Samsung! We’ve already told you that the company sold a gargantuan 300 million handsets through the first 11 months of the year, a number that no doubt brings a smile to the face of Samsung higher-ups and stock holders alike. And hey, as if that wasn’t good enough, a new report claims that Samsung took “a record share of global DRAM” in the third quarter. Time to break out the bubbly! The joy extends to consumers, too, since DRAM just continues getting cheaper and cheaper.
Consumers continue to benefit from an oversupply of DRAM memory chips and prices so low that chip makers are struggling just to stay afloat, let alone flip a profit. The DRAM market has struggled for several years now, and at some point, you have to believe prices will go back up. We're not at that point yet, and in fact prices for DDR3 memory are at an all-time low.
With all the damage caused by the flooding in Thailand, it's a terrible time for your mechanical hard drive to give up the ghost. HDD prices have shot way up and show no signs of coming back down anytime soon. But if your system memory coughs up a hairball, you're in luck, assuming you don't make a living building DRAM. According to market research firm DRAMeXchange, the DRAM outlook is still looking "gloomy."
Coming just a day after AMD bummed everyone out with its lackluster Bulldozer launch, Corsair announced what it claims is the world's first high performance quad channel 32GB kit. You know, just in case you want to err on the side of excessive when planning out your Sandy Bridge-E upgrade. The kit consists of four "rigorously-screened" 8GB memory modules sitting pretty with Corsair's trademark DHX+ heatsinks.
Consortium. No, it’s not a sequel to Syndicate, it’s what Samsung, Micron Technology and a handful of other companies formed yesterday in order to design and promote specifications for the brand-spankin’ new Hybrid Memory Cube memory technology making the rounds. The innovatively named Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium says the technology can one-up traditional DDR3 DRAM in multiple areas – and the consortium wants to see to it that it happens.
VisionTek of videocard fame is getting into the business of selling high end DDR3 memory kits. It's puzzling why a company not already selling RAM would want to suddenly jump in at this point in time, but VisionTek insists it's researched the memory market with due diligence and determined that it's a solid business to get into. The company says it will "only source and sell the best memory," referencing chips with tight timings for high performance and stable parts for overclocked systems. Bring it on.
It was three years ago when Adata chairman Simon Chen declared the DRAM market the worst it's been in 15 years. Perhaps his early recognition of how bad things had become ultimately helped Adata weather the ongoing storm and make business decisions that, in the fourth quarter of 2011, will grow the company's revenues by double digits. How is that possible when the only thing DRAM players talk about anymore is cutting production?