For those who are about to make a DRAM purchase, now is not really a good time… with the usual end-of-the-year increases, including the jumps due to anticipated Windows 7 purchases. All DRAM has increased over the last 4 months from 30% to almost 100% in price.

These triple-pushed price increases are making it hard for the little guy to get a decent price on RAM, but should you be wishing to build anything new, one thing that might help is making sure your build uses DDR3.

Due to the number of first, second, and third tier manufacturers ramping up production and resellers stocking up for a long winter, the prices of DDR3, relative to DDR2, make it a wiser purchase. The lower relative price can completely evaporate any differences in motherboard design that would use the older DDR2 memory.

With Intel motherboards for i5 processors lowering in cost, DDR3 use is a natural over a choice of a Socket 775 design and older DDR2 memory. In the AMD camp, buying an AM3 board, instead of an AM2+ board, means that the prospect of longer useful life is achieved, as well as possible savings with the price differential of RAM types. In fact, if you intend to buy more memory for 64 bit Windows, the savings could really make your eyes go wide.

A small blurb on Maximum PC chronicles the speedy decline of the DDR2 market –

Further proof that DDR2 is on its way out, several memory backend suppliers have been preparing for a major DDR3 push, news and rumor site DigiTimes reports.

Memory packaging and testing firms Powertech Technology, Formosa Advanced Technologies Company, and Walton Advanced Engineering all say that DRR3 will account for 90 percent of their DRAM shipments by the end of next year, up from 40 to 50 percent at the end of 2009. Walton estimates that some 90 percent of its overall DRAM revenue will come from DDR3 in 2010.

The writing has been on the wall for some time now. DDR2 pricing began rising months ago until DDR2 contract prices finally jumped ahead of DDR3 at the beginning of October.

The days of cheap DDR2 seem to be over, not helped one bit by the fact that the memory glut of the last year and a half is over.


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