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

I'll hazard a guess and say yes, it's just crucial.  Could it be because 
it's DDR1 or DDR2?
That density isn't very common, at least at the consumer level.  I found 
a set of G.SKILL for about 100.
There are dozens of other options.

On 4/23/2013 12:37 PM, Derek Atkins 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