Why is RAM so expensive? What is the justification?

Bit Baby

Why is RAM so expensive? What is the justification?

There is a lot of hype about DDR4 but it could just have easily fit in to the DDR 3 slots if you just designed them to fit. There realy is no justification for changing the slot and making RAM not backwards compatiable, outside of forcing people in to new motherboards. Why is that RAM prices have not come down significantly even though it is clear by looking at modern ram that far less chips are used in creating the ram. Buying a 4gb DDR4 ECC ram has two tiny chips on the entire stick, yet you want £60 for 4gb?

 

Why are there no 4 or 8gb VLP modules available and prices for VLP on DDR4 start at £210. Is that a joke? £210 for 16gb of measly little RAM. It cost more than the entire motherboard or CPU. ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH?

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Crucial Employee

Re: Why is RAM so expensive? What is the justification?

All memory is built to a JEDC standard and we must follow that. Therefore, memory is not backwards compatible between the memory versions. One thing to remember is that memory is a commodity, price can fluctuate with supply and demand. The demand for DDR4 is currently in high demand (in basically anything, including phones, PCs, etc.).





Crucial_AgentC, Micron CPG Support, US


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Bit Baby

Re: Why is RAM so expensive? What is the justification?

Well said. It is a commodity and as we know commodities pricing does not have to follow actual supply or supply can easily be controlled. Why lower prices if you and the two other major players in the market choose to slow new fab production to lower supply? It is too tempting, why make two of something if you can just charge double for one? Fear not one of them will get greedy and increase production and then it's off to the races and they will flood the market. It's up to us as good consumers to wait them out. Don't buy, let them blink 1st.