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Why are DDR4 DRAM memory prices so high?

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Those interested in buying a PC with 16GB or 32GB of memory will have noticed prices substantially higher than only a few months ago, and double what they were a year ago.  Unfortunately the worldwide demand for DDR4 memory is outstripping supply. And it doesn't look like 2018 will be any better as forecasts show demand continuing to outstrip supply capacity until 2019. So if you are waiting for price falls, it is likely to be a long wait.

Here is an example of a price trend for 16GB DDR4 from the partpicker.com website. In the UK 16GB DDR4 is now about £140-£160 + VAT.

16GB DDR4 Price History

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