X-bit Labs wrote on Friday that pricing of 4GB DDR3 memory modules increased by up to $2.5 in two weeks. According to DRAMeXchange, the price hike is the resulst of the restocking of of PC makers and the shrinking production of desktop DRAM.
In the first half April contract price of 4GB DDR3 memory module increased by 8% to $25.5 - $26 per unit (from $23 in the second half of March), according to DRAMeXchange. A 2GB DDR3 memory module cost $14.75 on an average contract basis, an increase of over 5% in two weeks. The contract price of 4Gb DRAM IC capable of running at 1333MHz/1600MHz was $2.88 in the first half of April, whereas the DDR3 2Gb chip cost $1.44.
At press time, one untested [eTT] 2Gb DDR3 chip cost $1.54 on average at Taiwan's spot market, 2Gb DDR3 1333MHz/1600MHz chip's price was approximately $1.726/$1.705, whereas 4Gb DDR3 1600MHz memory IC was priced at $3.335 on average on the spot market.
The current price increases mark the fifth consecutive month of DRAM price growth, and a historical high of $30 per 4GB DDR3 module is not far off.