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[ale] Why is RAM is so expensive?!? Anyone know an inexpensive source?

It really depends on what RAM your server supports. I've always seen the
current RAM cheaper then older. For example, if your machine supports DDR3,
then here<http://www.microcenter.com/product/403678/Server_Memory_16GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL11_Server_Module_Kit_(Two_8GB_Memory_Modules)>is
a 1x16GB crucial stick for $169. DDR2 and
DDR is probably double or triple that price now. It sucks.

On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Derek Atkins <warlord at mit.edu> wrote:

> Hey Alers,
> I was looking at buying some RAM for my 3+-year-old server to try to
> give it a boost over its current 16GB.  But when I was searching for RAM
> (on crucial.com, where I've always had good luck) I found 16GB (2x8GB)
> but it cost almost $400!
> What's up with that?  I was seriously expecting half that, or less.
> I know there were the floods in Thailand and such a couple years ago but
> I thought that those factories had come back online.  So why is RAM so
> freaking expensive?  It feels like chips are 2x or 3x (or more!) what
> they were a year or two ago.
> Is it just crucial?  Maybe there is a better/less-expensive source?
> -derek
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