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

FTR, I was wrong.  The 16GB (2x8G) from Crucial is $740, not $400.
Sorry, I was off by nearly 50%..

The system takes DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) ECC Registered SDRAM.

Newegg only seems to have a few options for this type of RAM, but the
largest sticks they have are 4GB sticks: Kingston at $130, or Crucial at
$244 for a pair (8GB).  Strangely, Crucial's price for that same 2x4GB
is $300.



Calvin Harrigan <charriglists at bellsouth.net> writes:

> 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.
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231486
> 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
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