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DRAM prices drop 10% QoQ and are expected to drop further in Q1 2019

DRAM manufacturers are now lowering their DRAM production targets to help cushion the blow of these price decreases

DRAM prices drop 10% QoQ and are expected to drop further in Q1 2019

DRAM prices drop 10% QoQ and are expected to drop further in Q1 2019

DRAMeXchange, a division of Trendforce, has reported that DRAM pricing has decreased around 10% QoQ as we move into Q4 2018, with 4GB DRAM modules seeing a 10.14% decrease while 8GB modules see a 10.29% decrease. 

With the DRAM market entering an oversupplied state, DRAM manufacturers are already reducing their production targets for 2019, reducing their capacity expansion to cushion the financial blow that will be caused by lower than expected demand.  

Moving into 2019, DRAMeXchance predicts further price decreases, a change that will be positive for the custom PC market, allowing builders to invest more money into other areas of their PCs while further incentivising PC builders to upgrade to DDR4-based CPU platforms. 

The average sale price (ASP) of the entire DRAM market is expected to lower by 20% in 2019, a change that is expected to be damaging to all major DRAM suppliers, who have all seen their profits grow significantly in recent years. DRAMeXchange expects DRAM pricing to be "marked down every quarter" of 2019. 

DRAM prices drop 10% QoQ and are expected to drop further in Q1 2019  
As a PC builder, it is hard not to be happy with these predictions, as high DRAM pricing has acted as a huge deterrent for PC upgrades in recent years, forcing many PC gamers to forgo CPU upgrades that also require a change to a DDR4-based platform. 

Lower DRAM pricing, in combination with increased value for money offered by modern high-core count processors, will make 2019 a great year for boutique PC builders. The era of inflated DRAM pricing may be coming to a close. 

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05-11-2018, 16:17:45

Avet
Reminds me of a story i heard on the radio today. My government is shouting all around that workers in public sector could expect 10% salary increase in 2019. Nowhere is stated that it is actually salary return because they silently lowered salaries few years back by 20%.

10% down after 100+% increase is nothing to write home about. But we could at least be happy that isn't another price increase.Quote

05-11-2018, 16:18:23

NeverBackDown
I'd rather wait for DDR5 at this point. I already got 16GB of memory so it'll definitely hold me on until DDR5 becomes relevant.Quote

05-11-2018, 17:04:22

Avet
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
I'd rather wait for DDR5 at this point. I already got 16GB of memory so it'll definitely hold me on until DDR5 becomes relevant.
Exactly my point. I am still rocking 4790K with 16GB DDR3 @ 2400MHz. I had strong desire to upgrade to 8700K. It would give me a noticeable bump in performance for photo, and audio editing, but insane memory prices, and 8700K going out of stock and skyrocketing in price whenever it was available just wasn't worth price/performance upgrade.Quote

05-11-2018, 19:25:17

NeverBackDown
I went from an i5 3500k to Skylake, which is ddr3 to ddr4. So I already had my memory before the price inflation. Now on a 8700k and don't see the need to change anytime soon even though I'd like to get Ryzen 2 but just not worth a side grade.Quote
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