DDR3 Memory Module Prices Continue To Drop, Nearly 10% Decline in October
According to a recent price report from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, the price of DDR3 memory modules continues to drop. The price decrease, especially for the 4GB DDR3 modules started earlier this year and dropped to $18.5 in September. Not slowing down or showing signs of stopping any time soon, the price dropped a further 10% in October to a $16.75 in October, while the record all time low price is at $16.5.
The lack of demand of new PCs and notebooks will mean that the price is expected to drop even further in the future as manufacturers now have excess modules in stock while not a whole lot are being sold.
The decline of DDR3 4GB module’s average contract price has exceeded 50% this year from US$29.5 to the current US$16.75, according to Avril Wu, assistant vice president of DRAMeXchange. This slump is expected to continue atleast until mid-2016.
The use of 21nm technology to manufacture RAM modules by SK Hynix, one of the three major players in the memory module business besides Samsung and Micron, by the end of 2015 looks to be the changing force; however, it seems as what really would stop this price drop is the widespread use of 18nm technology, expected to be used in RAM manufacturing by the end of 2016.
There seems to be another reason for the decrease in demand of DDR3 modules and that seems to be the increasing price drop of DDR4 modules. While DDR4 RAMs started at price tags well above $250-300, their prices have decreased sharply as the technology is made more common and manufacturing process cheaper.