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



It's cheaper for power and RAM to get a new system than mess with an older
system now. Unless you are hell-bent on spending as little as possible NOW
and will to pay through the nose later at least.

DDR3 Registered ECC is less per GB than DDR2 unbuffered. The flops per watt
of new systems is quite an improvement over stuff just 5 years old. 8, 12,
16 cores in the same power envelope as 2 from 6 years ago.


On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM, David Tomaschik
<david at systemoverlord.com>wrote:

> ECC, Registered, DDR2: all magic words that push the price up.  I thought
> about buying a used 1U to have at home for virtualization until I saw how
> much an "adequate" amount of memory would be.  (~$1k)
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM, Derek Atkins <warlord at mit.edu> wrote:
>
>> It's currently got DDR2 667 ECC Registered RAM.  The machine has 8
>> sticks of 2GB RAM.  Alas, this means it's full, so I'd have to remove
>> some of that RAM to put in new sticks.  :(
>>
>> It's a SuperMicro H8DA3-2 based system that I bought in January 2009.
>>
>> -derek
>>
>> 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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