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The average price of one 4 Gb DDR4-2133 memory chip was $1.814 on Taiwanese spot market in late-February, according to DRAMeXchange, one of the world’s leading DRAM and NAND market trackers. This month was the first time when the spot price of one 4Gb DDR4 memory IC dropped below $2. In late December, 2015, a DDR4-2133 chip was priced at $2.221, while in late June, 2015, a similar IC cost $3.618. Overall, one DDR4-2133 chip became 18.4% cheaper in about two months and lost nearly 50% of its price in about eight months. Meanwhile the contract price of one 4 Gb DDR4 chip was $1.63 in the second half of January.

 

Spot prices of DDR3 memory are also dropping. One 4 Gb DDR3-1600 chip currently costs $1.807 in Taiwan, down from $1.878 in December and $2.658 in late June, 2015. It is clear that the price of DDR3 memory ICs is decreasing slower than the price of DDR4 DRAMs - leading to the impending DDR3/DDR4 price crossover point - but the trend is obvious: memory is getting cheaper. Contract price of one 4 Gb DDR3 IC was $1.59 in the second half of January.

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the the flood of ddr4 on the market lower prices

then an artificial shortage like ddr3 raising prices

then back down when ddr(whatever drops).

lather, rinse, repeat.
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Good. Just in time for when I upgrade to whatever the next Intel chip is since Zen will likely be a sidegrade for me assuming the projected IPC increase holds true.
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Built a system a week ago and was surprised at how cheap the DDR4 was even at higher clockspeeds.

Ended up with a 3200mhz Corsair dominator 16gb kit which only about 30% more expensive then the cheapest ddr4-2133 stuff . If my mainboard had more then 2 ram slots (mini itx) then I would have grabbed 32gb biggrin.gif
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DDR4 is so cheap I was able to sell my x58 stuff and an extra GPU and upgrade to x99. I only spent $100 out of pocket for some water cooling stuff.
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I also just bought 2 different sets of DDR4 and was surprised at how cheap it was. Made it easier to choose between which build would be better.
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Soo, about another year or so before prices reflect the same in koala country? $200 here for 16GB 3000mhz. I paid $50 for my 8GB DDR3. ;_;

Edit: To be a bit fairer - 8GB DDR4 kits range from $80-$140 here.
Edited by dragneel - 2/25/16 at 4:27pm
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There seems to be a global overcapacity of DRAM, which is good for we consumers, at least for now.

It is also a good reason to upgrade to higher binned DRAM, which considering the loose timings of DDR4 is the only real way that you'll see upgrades in gaming.
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Originally Posted by dragneel View Post

Soo, about another year or so before prices reflect the same in koala country? $200 here for 16GB 3000mhz. I paid $50 for my 8GB DDR3. ;_;

Edit: To be a bit fairer - 8GB DDR4 kits range from $80-$140 here.

Not with an AUD$ this weak I'm afraid.

We Canadians are in the same boat. Our CAD$ is very weak.

The USD remains very strong globally. Unless commodity prices pick up (perhaps due to a suddenly resurgent economy) or instability somewhere, it is likely to stay that way.
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Wish somebody would release some nice LPDIMM or non-tacky looking sticks. *cough*samsung*cough*

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DDR4 is alot cheaper now, it also makes new builds using DDR4 alot more affordable than they ever was before.

I'll be sure to get a new set of fast DDR3 memory soon to last me for many years to come, somewhere around 2133MHz or 2400MHz of 16-32GB of DDR3 memory.
That would do me very well for many years to come with my i7 4790K at 4.7-4.8GHz, maybe higher if possible.
Edited by TopicClocker - 2/25/16 at 5:22pm
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