Wednesday, April 3rd 2013

Graphics Cards with DDR3 Memory See Price Hike

Prices of graphics cards with DDR3 memory are set to rise by 10-15 percent. The roughly 10 percent hike in prices of DDR3 memory chips, due to inventory-digestion, aided by reduced production from DRAM makers, is responsible for the hike. The June 2013 launch of Intel's Core "Haswell" platform could see a flurry of system upgrades, which could strain on DDR3 chip supply even further. Luckily for most DIY buyers, DDR3 memory is only used in sub-$100 graphics cards, with proliferation of GDDR5 to current-generation graphics cards around the $100 mark.

Source: DigiTimes
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28 Comments on Graphics Cards with DDR3 Memory See Price Hike

#1
Dj-ElectriC
Or this is a super-late April Fools or GDDR3 Graphics cards became even More idiotic :)
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#2
m1dg3t
Any esplanation for SSD prices? They have maintained or increased in my area since the same time last year :shadedshu
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
They've increased because OCZ cut its discounts. OCZ pretty much set the benchmark for SSD pricing.
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#4
m1dg3t
That damn OCZ! They don't even operate legally... :slap:

TBH I think the model SSD i have is now about $20 more than when i picked it up... :shadedshu

So in short bTa; There is price fixing taking place here?
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#5
LAN_deRf_HA
by: btarunr
They've increased because OCZ cut its discounts. OCZ pretty much set the benchmark for SSD pricing.
You sure that's why? A lot of people don't even look to them when picking a drive anymore. Their low end drives might be cheap but their reputation is "you get what you pay for" and their high end drives and are too high end in price. That's left Samsung and Crucial to fight amongst themselves. The Crucial M4 and Samsung's 830/840s have never stopped going on sale at amazon and newegg, and have never left the top of the sales charts. You actually have to scroll down to find an OCZ drive haha. OCZ could implode tomorrow and I doubt they'd react. The reason for the overall price hold is probably related more to the fact that we're just now getting new die shrinks to the market. Drives like the M500 should drop prices quite a bit.
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#6
Jorge
DDR3 RAM price increase are due to gullible consumers willing to pay a premium. If people stop buying the price will go back down to where it belongs.
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#7
tehehe
@Jorge
Price is a function of supply and demand not only demand.
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#8
urza26
I think the whole DRAM price increase smells...
Certain kits have gone up in price with a percentage of over 50%. And the only explanation you get from DRAM manufacturers is that they relocated some of their production capacity to chips for the mobile market.
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: urza26
I think the whole DRAM price increase smells...
Certain kits have gone up in price with a percentage of over 50%. And the only explanation you get from DRAM manufacturers is that they relocated some of their production capacity to chips for the mobile market.
I think the ultra low prices we had some time ago was a blip, and it's getting back to normal now.
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#10
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
Just bought my kit in time! the price increased 1/4th in a week after i got my pair XD
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#11
tokyoduong
The price increase is due to less production because of anticipated decrease in demand. It's just a sign that DDR4 is around the block. It's just a normal business cycle guys. Same thing happened to DDR2.
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#12
EarthDog
by: de.das.dude
Just bought my kit in time! the price increased 1/4th in a week after i got my pair XD
by: tokyoduong
The price increase is due to less production because of anticipated decrease in demand. It's just a sign that DDR4 is around the block. It's just a normal business cycle guys. Same thing happened to DDR2.
Isnt this thread about GPUs? GPUs already use GDDR5. I think you are talking system memory? :toast:
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#13
Sasqui
by: EarthDog
Isnt this thread about GPUs? GPUs already use GDDR5. I think you are talking system memory? :toast:
Well, it seems it's about both in the end, the article even mentions Haswell

I bought this about 6 months ago for $50:

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 S...

Now $80...
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#14
jmcslob
My feelings on the prices of DDR3 for GPU or CPU...
I don't give fu~ oh look a squirrel.

I also don't care if they simply release DDR4 unless its for quad channel and it better be as fast as GPU memory so we can kiss discrete graphics goodbye.
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#15
xvi
Idiotic

So this will push the price of mid-range cards towards the high end? There won't be any value to them and, seemingly, no reason to buy one over a previous generation or higher end card.
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#16
EarthDog
Very low end cards are the ones with DDR3 really...or older cards. I mean the 7750 has GDDR5, so does the 650ti and those are low end.
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#18
hellrazor
Eh, I've already got my GT240 with DDR3 so my next video card is going to be GDDR5 anyways.
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#19
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: EarthDog
Isnt this thread about GPUs? GPUs already use GDDR5. I think you are talking system memory? :toast:
all <100$ gpus use DDR3
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#20
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: EarthDog
Very low end cards are the ones with DDR3 really
Yup. Like the 610-640 GT series cards.
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#21
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: de.das.dude
all <100$ gpus use DDR3
Rubbish. I count sixteen models on Newegg below $100 that has GDDR5.
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#22
EarthDog
by: Frick
Rubbish. I count sixteen models on Newegg below $100 that has GDDR5.
+1 Blanket statements FTL. ;)
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#24
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: Frick
Rubbish. I count sixteen models on Newegg below $100 that has GDDR5.
ahh damn the old currency conversion and different taxes.
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#25
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: de.das.dude
ahh damn the old currency conversion and different taxes.
EVGA 01G-P3-2632-KR GeForce GT 630 1GB 128-bit GDD...
62 dollars for a GT 630 with GDDR5. There is no way currency conversion losses and "different taxes" will cause a discrepancy that big. Nice try, but I'm calling shenanigans.
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