Report: RAM Prices Will See A Slight Increase In 2018
GPU is not the only PC component that saw an increase in Price as DDR4 RAM Prices also increased 40% last year, however, according to a report, while RAM Prices will increase this year but, not to this extent.
According to DRAMeXchange, increase in DDR 4 RAM prices will take place in 2018 but, the increase will slow down compared to the price increase in 2017.
According to the firm, the prices neither will drop or level off but, the increase in price will slow down to the single-digit percentages.
The overall average selling price (ASP) of DRAM will increase by 3 percent in the second quarter (Q2), lower than 5 percent in the first quarter (Q1). Specifically, the ASP of mobile DRAM, PC DRAM and server DRAM will increase by 3 percent, 3 percent to 5 percent, and 0 to 3 percent, respectively, in Q2.
For 2017 as a whole, PC DRAM prices went up about 50 percent, and the numbers for server DRAM and mobile DRAM were about 45 percent and 15 percent, respectively. As for Q1 2018, our ASP forecast is 5 percent.
With the firm suggesting that RAM prices might not increase this year but, prices for other PC components might increase significantly in 2018.
The reason for the price hike for PC components will the result of Silicon Wafer manufacturers planning to increase prices for silicon wafer by 20% in 2018 and another 20% increase in the price is planned for 2019.
Silicon wafers are used to make GPU, CPU, DRAM, and Flash makers. With the 20% increase in Silicon wafers’ price, expect the prices of CPUs, GPUs, and other PC hardware prices to increase and with GPU prices already sky-high things are not looking good for those looking to own a new system.
What is your take on the whole PC component Price increase? Will the prices for RAM and GPUs come back to normal in near future? Let us know in the comments.