Friday, March 19th 2021

TrendForce: Consumer DRAM Pricing to Increase 20% in 2Q2021 Due to Increased Demand

According to TrendForce, we technology enthusiasts will have other rising prices to contend with throughout 2021, adding to the already ballooning discrete GPU and latest-gen CPUs from the leading manufacturer. The increased demand due to the COVID pandemic stretched the usual stocks to their limits, and due to the tremendous, multiple-month lead times between semiconductor orders and their fulfillment from manufacturers, the entire supply infrastructure was spread too thin for the increased worldwide needs. This leads to increased component pricing, which in turn leads to higher ASP pricing for DRAM. Adding to that equation, of course, is the fact that companies are now more careful, and are placing bigger orders so as to be able to weather these sudden demand changes.

TrendForce says that DRAM pricing has already increased 3-8% in 1Q2021, and that market adjustments will lead to an additional increase somewhere between 13-18% for contract pricing. Server pricing is projected to increase by 20%; graphics DRAM is expected to increase 10-15% in the same time-span, thus giving us that strange stomach churn that comes from having to expect even further increases in graphics card end-user pricing; and overall DRAM pricing for customers is expected to increase by 20% due to the intensifying shortages. What a time to be a system builder.
Source: TrendForce
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26 Comments on TrendForce: Consumer DRAM Pricing to Increase 20% in 2Q2021 Due to Increased Demand

#1
Sabishii Hito
Please don't let prices go back to 2016-17 levels.
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#2
kruk
Ouch. I wanted to upgrade in 2021, but I guess I waited too long. 2022 it is then ... I hope ... :ohwell:
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#3
TheDeeGee
Looks like i will keep my current system forever!
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#4
Tomgang
Great another hassle for us that need a new pc. Luckily I got memory for my systems last year before ram prises also begin to clime.

To kits of G.Skill Trident Z Royal 3600 mz CL14 in gold and silver.

But dosent help on the fact that Zen 3 and gpu's are just as expensive or hard to get. So even though I have memory ready, is still lag cpu and gpu to complete my build

So yeah this is pretty much how I feel about the whole hardware situation:
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#5
mechtech
New plan. New build 5 years from now, hopefully if things have returned to pre-covid prices and availability.

That would make my system about 10 years old :)
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#6
windwhirl
The world every time I start making plans for an upgrade:

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#7
TumbleGeorge
Please shoot trendforce for sowing panic. If I'm not mistaken, this is a criminal offense, then they are criminals! :D
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#8
Makaveli
Hmm maybe time to buy another B-die kit and move up to 32GB from 16GB.
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#9
Alexa
Glad I got my kit when I did...
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#10
freeagent
I saw this in late November/early December and panic bought a second 16gb 3200c14 kit lol..
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#11
Cobain
Thankfully my PS5 is about to arrive. Needed a new PC badly, but for the first time in 25 years I Will go full console.

I dont see this situation improving any soon. Will try again when Next generation comes, around 2026. I'm settled now.

I am sure this Will have a massive negative impact on PC AAA gaming and it could Crash like in 2005-2009, when devs didnt release their games on PC, etc. Rip
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#12
Fergutor
Saw this right when it was posted. Went immediately to see prices and see if there was anything in the stores where I live...to late! Everything increased by 20 - 30%...what was left...

CRAP.
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#13
dicobalt
hey guys our new fabs are way ahead of intel... yea ok
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#14
timta2
TumbleGeorge
Please shoot trendforce for sowing panic. If I'm not mistaken, this is a criminal offense, then they are criminals! :D
In what geographic place do you think this is "criminal" and where did you get your law degree? and advocating for violence against TrendForce isn't a good look on your part.
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#15
TumbleGeorge
timta2
In what geographic place do you think this is "criminal" and where did you get your law degree? and advocating for violence against TrendForce isn't a good look on your part.
Do you see a emo on end of comment :D
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#16
AusWolf
DRAM prices... ok.
GDDR prices... there's no need to worry. It's not possible to buy a graphics card anyway. :slap:
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#17
loracle706
windwhirl
The world every time I start making plans for an upgrade:


You are not the only one, it hapened to me when gpu prices rises with mining shit.
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#18
Flanker
windwhirl
The world every time I start making plans for an upgrade:


Hey look at the bright side, at least our upgrade itch aren't being tickled as much these days
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#19
cyberloner
fx8350 loading windows 10........... :P
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#20
Easo
Oh look, even more reasons to never upgrade my PC, again!
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#21
okidna
Who want a piece of mining-cake?
DRAM-maker: me me me

;)
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#22
PooPipeBoy
Well now I'm glad that I've done my shopping for DDR4 at a good time. Even the office PCs in the house are loaded with 16GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz kits now because it was quite affordable.
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#23
stimpy88
Just in time for DDR5. How predictable.
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#24
Zareek
stimpy88
Just in time for DDR5. How predictable.
Took the words right outta my mouth!
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#25
Final_Fighter
im sure the power will go out, thus driving prices up another 5% possibly an earthquake or more likely a fire to add another 5% who knows maybe add workforce shortages or more lockdowns and knowbody will be able to afford anything at this rate.
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