The Computer Memory Race

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Have you ever been amazed at how fast computer hardware advances everyday? When any single product hits the shelves, it instantly becomes obsolete, because the company is most likely already working on some new ideas to use on brand new products to be sold in a few months. And those brand new products being created will also become obsolete, because scientists and engineers continually strive for newer circuits, energy efficiency, or any other ideas.

Since the last few months of 2007, the memory industry has been delving in more and more into DDR3 computer memory. DDR3 memory is, well, faster than DDR2 for one. It also costs A LOT more than the current DDR2 800 to 1200 computer memory.

So, what did I mean by the “computer memory race”? Well, for me, this is more of a race between companies, where companies are competing for that place on the podium for being the first to sell the fastest RAM at the lowest prices. It’s almost just like the competition between graphics card companies, NVidia and ATI: whoever creates the fastest GPU wins that king of the hill, and whoever can create the best price-to-performance GPU takes that hill. It goes the same for computer memory: create the RAM with the lowest timings, you take that hill; create the best RAM for its price(like the current DDR2 800 memory), you take that hill. This race keeps going on and on and on and… I really don’t know when it’ll end. Maybe it’ll never end.

I have been observing memory prices for the last couple months, and boy is it getting competitive. The main competitors in this race is G.Skill, Patriot, Crucial, Corsair, and last but not least, OCZ. The prices, especially at the DDR3 1333 levels, are getting lower and lower.

If you look at some of the prices and compare them, some of the DDR3 1333 memory costs as much as some DDR2 1066 and DDR2 1200 desktop memory kits. That’s amazing! Just in the time frame of a few months, DDR3 has been working down in prices, and coming up in abundance.

This will indeed be a very exciting race between all companies. Keep an eye out for those DDR3 memory kits, because they will keep going down in price. Maybe, by the time you finish reading this last sentence, DDR3 will become the new DDR2.

Source by Aki Horie

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