DDR4 RAM prices continue to fall
DDR4 RAM prices have been steadily falling since the beginning of 2018. We probably have not yet seen the bottom, as there still are a few factors that may lead to even lower prices in the months to come. First of all, the DDR5 standard is expected to launch towards the end of 2019 with doubled clocks and substantial performance gains. Another important factor is the prolonged 14 nm Intel CPU shortages, to which we could add the usual discounts that happen with the pre-summer PC upgrade season.
TrendForce and DRAMeXchange signaled incoming DDR4 price cuts as early as December 2018, mentioning back then that the Q2 2019 prices could be up to 35% lower than the Q4 2018 ones. Looking at the graphs provided by CamelCamelCamel, these price trends seem to be supporting those predictions. For example, the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 16 GB modules are now selling for US$105, while their price back in December 2018 was close to US$135. A similar trend could be seen with the more expensive RGB illuminated G.SKILL Trident 16 GB DDR4-3200 module that was close to US$165 last December and has now fallen to US$130.
If you are not looking for the fastest RAM out there, some of the best deals right now are the GeIL EVO SPEAR DDR4-2400 2 x 4 GB modules for only US$43. A 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2666 kit from GeIL is US$80, while a 2 x 16 GB DDR4-2400 kit from G.SKILL costs just US$150.
While these prices seem very enticing now, keep in mind that the price drops will continue throughout Q3 2019, so there is room for even more cuts.