Memory for your PC could get a little cheaper soon, according to an analyst firm, which has just revised its forecasts to suggest deeper drops in RAM stick prices.
TrendForce (opens in new tab) tells us that the DRAM market is witnessing Korean manufacturers lowering prices to stimulate customer demand amidst oversupply, and these reduced prices will lead to considerably cheaper memory modules in the future.
While TrendForce previously estimated a drop in consumer RAM prices to be in the range of 8% to 13% in Q3, this has been revised to a forecasted quarterly decline of at least 13%, or perhaps even 18% – which is almost a fifth cheaper.
That’s a pretty heavy drop, and it’s a trend that’s apparently set to continue into the fourth quarter, notes the analyst firm, where a further 3% to 8% drop is forecast (again, more than the original forecast, which was prices would only drop by 5% at most and, at best, prices would remain the same in the fourth quarter).
Furthermore, TrendForce believes that the “possibility of sustained decline cannot be ruled out”, meaning we could see more downward movement as 2023 rolls on.
Review: Play a RAM wait game if you can
The upshot of all this is that if you’re thinking about buying new RAM, it might be worth waiting longer for some decent price reductions – particularly if it’s more expensive system memory or higher capacity modules, which you’re look over.
The caveat here is that while this is very likely to be the case for DDR4 memory, at least if the review company is correct – and all signs point to that – the prices of the newest standard, DDR5 RAM, might not be the same. the same extension.
That said, as DDR5 matures it will become less expensive (and better performing) so it’s worth holding off for a while, but purely on that basis. As you may recall, DDR5 has already witnessed major price drops over the past couple of months, and there is no reason to believe that this will not continue.
So if you’re considering a RAM upgrade, our advice is to try to stay strong and hold out a little longer. And even those building a new PC might want to play a waiting game, not just for slightly cheaper RAM prices, but probably some old dips with GPU prices that are probably on the cards (so to speak) right now. Indeed, with the Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake CPUs, as well as high-end graphics cards coming soon, it’s certainly a good time to be patient.
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