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Supply vs Demand.

It isn't going down.


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You just gotta wait.

 

No one really knows, or else lots of people would be waiting for that date.


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28 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

Supply vs Demand.

It isn't going down.

It should eventually go down. 

 

On another note, experts are suggesting that SSD prices might start to drop next year.


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ive posted this a couple times now

 

its been going up steadily since Q2 of 2016 due to supply issues.  NAND flash is getting more popular, so they are producing more of that and have taken focus away from producing DRAM.

Samsung factories have also seen power outages that have caused issues with production.

Micron having contamination issues and having to scrap 60,000 wafers.  (Although this should only affect LPDDR4 used in apple devices)

 

also smartphone manufacturers are taking a large portion of the supply as we're seeing an increase in smart phones with more ram these days.

 

we should see prices start to stabilize around Q4 of 2017 and start dropping sometime Q2 of 2018


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Micron, one of the major DRAM manufacturers, had to shut down one of their factories temporarily over the summer (July 2017) due to contamination.

Silcon wafers and equipment were affected.

 

Then there is the supply and demand situation, with both AMD and Intel systems using DDR4 memory now -- everyone building a new system is buying DDR4 RAM.

 

DRAM prices are projected to be high until 2018.


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12 minutes ago, JoostinOnline said:

SSD prices might start to drop next year

Price of SSDs are dropping all the time, a 120gb in aus just a few years ago was like 200 bucks and is now around 80ish for example. Sata ssds are quite cheap now

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12 hours ago, hammer3339 said:

Price off SSDs are dropping all the time, a 120gb in aus just a few years ago was like 200 bucks and is now around 80ish for example. Sata ssds are quite cheap now

Much higher than they were a year ago.  In the US, you could get a 240GB one for $50 in early 2016.  Now they're $80 and up.  There has been a NAND shortage.

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Accidentally said 2017

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1 hour ago, JoostinOnline said:

Much higher than they were a year ago.  In the US, you could get a 240GB one for $50 in early 2017.  Now they're $80 and up.  There has been a NAND shortage.

interesting, prices are still dropping in Aus, although we do pay alot of import crap and a price premium anyway so its hard to gauge the actual value of any electronics

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