So why is DDR3 soaring in value? It is because of the increased scarcity of this memory. SK Hynix has stopped the production of 2 Gb modules, leaving only the 4 Gb modules in production. Samsung has cut down the capacity from 60,000 wafers of DDR3 memory modules per month to just 20,000. This has caused the price of 2 Gb and 4 Gb modules to rise already as much as 30%. Despite the age of 14 years, DDR3 is still widely used in many systems. And because of that, the scarcity is making the price of the current memory increase. The price is expected to rise through the whole year and it could reach a 50% increase.
DDR3 prices going up 40-50 percent
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 03 2021 @ 10:08 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
TechPowerUp reports big price increases are expected for DDR3 memory. Despite DDR4 being available since 2014, there are still a lot of devices that use DDR3. This year the price of the old memory is expected to soar 40 to 50 percent due to scarcity. Basically, with DDR5 just around the corner, memory chip makers are winding down production of DDR3 memory chips: