JEDEC and Near-JEDEC DDR4 Pricing

Traditionally, we have started our observations of DDR4 retail prices with Kingston’s HyperX Fury Black DDR4-2133/CL14 2x8 GB kit (HX421C14FBK2/16), which is a typical enthusiast-class memory module set used by both system integrators and DIYers. Let's start with them today as well.

Kingston’s HyperX Fury Black DDR4-2133/CL14 2x8 GB kit (HX421C14FBK2/16)

In late February, such kit used to cost $69.94 at Amazon (based on data from CamelCamelCamel, which tracks prices of various items at Amazon and its partners). Right now, the dual-channel set of DRAM modules is priced at $83.43 at Amazon and is absent from Newegg. This is a very recent price hike from around $67.

Given this rather unexpected price hike, it is highly likely that the kit is either in short supply at Amazon, or Kingston has ceased to produce this product and is readying a newer version. This sometimes happens when module manufacturers switch DRAM IC suppliers, or adopt newer chips. In any case, we decided to take a look at other affordable DDR4-2133 offerings.

 

G.Skill's Ripjaws V DDR4-2133/CL14 2x8 GB kit (F4-2133C15D-16GVR)

G.Skill is a supplier primarily known for its ultra-high-end DRAM modules with extreme frequencies. However, the company also sells a lot of mainstream products. For example, its Ripjaws V DDR4-2133/CL15 2x8 GB kit (F4-2133C15D-16GVR) costs $65.95 at Amazon and $57.99 at Newegg. According to PriceZombie, which tracks Newegg, the price of this kit has been declining for many months now, from the origianl launch price of $130 down to $58 today.

 

Crucial’s Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400/CL16 2x8 GB (BLS2K8G4D240FSB) kit

Another affordable DDR4 option is Crucial’s Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400/CL16 2x8 GB kit (BLS2K8G4D240FSB), which is available for $59.58 from Amazon. The kit used to cost over $100 just several months ago, but rapid declines of DDR4 costs and prices forced Crucial (and its owner Micron) to reduce the price of the product quite significantly.

In any case, it is now possible to get 16 GB of DDR4 memory for less than $65, which is impressive because just over a year ago such dual-channel kits used to cost well over $120.

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  • Ratman6161 - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    Ummm. I think you may have your decimal points in the wrong position? i.e. $1.751 should be $17.51? Looking on NewEgg I don't see a single 4 GB modual for a dollar seventy five :) Reply
  • bananaforscale - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    Those are chip prices, not module prices, and it's 4 Gb, not GB. Put 8 of those on a DIMM and you're in the ballpark. Reply
  • Ratman6161 - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    Ahhh. My mistake. I generally don't bother thinking about the cost of components within the components - just the actual module I'm buying.:) Reply
  • andychow - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    Since producers like Micron, Samsung and SK Hynix are not happy with the current situation on the market, observers have reported that the big three intend to implement a plan to control supply.


    Wouldn't that be defined as illegal collusion?
    Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    -- Wouldn't that be defined as illegal collusion?

    this is the USofA. everything in law has to be "business friendly".
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    Only if they meet privately and do it in secret. Public statements on the line of "a pricewar from flooding the market and driving sale costs below production costs would only screw everyone; we're not going to start one" are fine. Reply
  • poohbear - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    This is a cyclical industry, and DRAM prices have bottomed out. They've already started the upwards trend in pricing, next year they should be considerably more expensive, so buy now if you plan on upgrading within the next year before prices go up! Reply

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