Price Guides October 2003: CPU and Memoryby Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on October 13, 2003 11:50 PM EST
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Memory is often something we overlook when writing our guides. Afterall, what good is a 3GHz CPU if you don’t have any good memory for it? Right now, we only list the cheapest timings per clock and size for each memory vendor, but soon enough we will be expanding our guides once again to take each timing into account. However, overall we can see some interesting trends in our memory prices.
The PC2100 1GB sticks were the only modules that showed major change this week. However, even with a $30 drop in price, $265 is still a bit much to be paying for two $80 512MB sticks of memory glued together. As you can probably tell, any memory clocked under PC3200 is priced about the same. Unless you have an overclocked P4 this wont matter much anyways.
While at a recent tradeshow we heard several complaints from the memory manufacturers on how quickly prices spun out of control. Considering that decent timed PC3200 costs about the same as equivalent PC2100, we are not surprised manufacturers are upset. Memory continues to be a buyers market, even with some products occasionally correcting themselves. PC4000 and higher memory seems extremely silly right now, considering no processor other than well overclocked P4’s will be able to take full advantage of the bus speed benefits.
Is a correction due? Let’s just say with the relatively low prices of high end memory, we shouldn’t expect manufacturers to plummet prices like PC3200 and PC2700. On the other hand, memory manufacturers debuted PC4000 (and higher) way too early. If the product is on shelves for 9-12 months before the mass markets can take full advantage of it, does it make sense to assume it will just sit at the MSRP before resellers start slashing prices? Stay tuned tomorrow as we are going to bring you a second installment of the guides with Video Cards and Motherboards!