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john albrich Nov 17, 2011, 01:45pm EST Report Abuse
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$3.10/GB 2x4GB DDR3-1333 1.5V CAS9 RAM
$24.99=$44.99-$15shellshocker-$5rebate (check, not fee-sucking uncashable debit card)

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 (PC3 10666)
Desktop Memory Model 996770
9-9-9-24 Timing
1.5 Volts

Normally, I wouldn't consider this slower memory these days, but it's 4GB DDR3 modules for only about $13 each! Cheap enough to use for debugging, if nothing else.

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john albrich Dec 08, 2011, 11:16am EST Report Abuse
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Expires midnight 20111208 PST

$4/GB DDR3-1600 4x4GB GSkills 1.5V CAS9 RAM

$65=$85-$20shellshocker deal

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL

john albrich Feb 02, 2012, 04:14pm EST Report Abuse
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Expires 20120202 Midnight PST

$3.25/GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.65V 1x4GB Kingston RAM

Kingston HyperX 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3/4G

This looks like an actual you get the full value of the rebate...not one of those damned "reward" cards that include 'hidden' monthly maintenance and transaction fees that IMO end up making them almost worthless.

See earlier posts in this thread on how to use DDR3-1600MHz memory cards on many motherboards...the 1600MHz and 1.65V BIOS/CMOS settings are often NOT "automatic"...which often causes user reviews to claim their RAM is defective when in fact it isn't...the users just failed to properly manually set the RAM voltages and timings.

john albrich Dec 30, 2013, 04:14pm EST Report Abuse
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Just wondering if anyone's heard if this is going to be a longER-term thing, esp with DDR4 desktop RAM anticipated starting early 2014?

Assuming one can get DDR3 at a "reasonable" price (on sale, shellshocker, etc), should one consider stocking up soon-ish on DDR3 to prevent being gored by exorbitant prices just as happened with DDR2 prices going through the roof some years ago?

Quality desktop DDR3 RAM (modules that sold for $8/GB just 18 months ago has again started selling for over $10/GB (e.g. DDR3 2x4GB or 1x8GB 1866MHz) and it looks like that may be spiking upwards AGAIN even more. (hell, back in 2012 I even saw one incredible sale on Newegg that had a good brand of 8GB DDR3 1866MHz for $25==$3/GB)

Last I read, DDR3 prices went up because of reduced production to artificially decrease supply and thus increase prices...but what looks like it may be starting now seems likely to have a different cause (unless there have been more recent memory production plant closures/destructions or memory manufacturer company mergers I've not read about?).

Meanwhile, I've seen motherboard prices seeming to decrease for similar functionality...which seems to contra-indicate DDR3 RAM price increases are potentially due to just US dollar devaluation...which I think is also soon coming, by the way.

~Vel Dec 31, 2013, 04:59pm EST Report Abuse
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I'm not entirely sure but I'd be leaning towards expecting the same thing to happen again. I've been holding out on selling my SO-DIMM DDR3 consisting of a 1x4GB & 2x2GB kit mostly because there's not even demand for those low amounts anyways. Also if for whatever reason it does spike, I'll surely think about selling my desktop RAM since I got it last winter when it was super cheap. Only $50 for 8GB of 2133MHz. Unfortunately to sell it used at the moment wouldn't net me enough of a profit to warrant selling it.

john albrich Jan 14, 2014, 05:54pm EST Report Abuse
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More detailed info on the RAM price increases, a few more comparisons from newegg. Includes "reg" (regular) price and "promo" price comparisons. A year ago, even low volt (1.5Volt) RAM was quite a bit cheaper than 1.65V RAM today for comparable config and speeds.

For DDR3-2133MHz (PC3-17000) 2x4GB configuration:

From today's (20140115) email promotion (promo)
$63=$7.88/GB ($75reg-$12promo) Team Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133
Model TLD38G2133HC10QDC01 ItemN82E16820313416
1.65V CAS10 Timing 10-12-12-31

Compare to these older DDR3-2133MHz 8GB (2x4GB) RAM prices/promos...

$49=$6.13/GB ($71reg-$17shellshocker-$5promo)
G.SKILL Ares Series Model F3-2133C10D-8GAB
ItemN82E16820231653, 1.6V CAS10 Timing 10-12-12-31
(Note: now (20140115) reg priced at $80=$10/GB=$9 increase)

$35=$4.38/GB ($50reg-$15promo)
G.SKILL Sniper Series Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR
ItemN82E16820231519, 1.6V CAS11 Timing 11-11-11-30
(note: today (20140115) reg priced at $86=$10.75/GB=$36 increase)

$35=$4.38/GB ($45reg-$10promo)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Xseries Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
ItemN82E16820231468, 1.5V-1.6V CAS11 11-11-11-30 )
(note: today (20140115) reg priced at $85=$10.63/GB=$40 increase)

$45=$5.63/GB ($60reg-$15promo)
G.SKILL Ares Series Model F3-2133C11D-8GAO
ItemN82E16820231552, 1.6V CAS11 11-11-11-?? )
(note: today (20140115) reg priced at $80=$10/GB=$20 increase)

Note: Today's SHELL SHOCKER for much slower DDR3-1600MHz is still higher $/GB than the older 2133MHz prices, and shellshocker deals are often the best around at a given time.
$140=$8.75/GB ($170reg-$6s&h-$24shellshocker)
Keep in mind this is for 16GB 2x8GB configuration
CORSAIR Vengeance Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10B
ItemN82E16820233367, 1.5V CAS10 10-10-10-27
(note: today (20140115) 8GB 2x4GB configs of comparable Corsair RAM are reg priced at about $90=$11.25/GB)

john albrich Jan 19, 2015, 06:16am EST Report Abuse
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$60=$70-$10 email "coupon"
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

Well, it looks like reasonably fast and reliable DDR3 RAM prices are beginning to head back toward prices last seen in 2011 (less than $8/GB) without having to use and rely on accursed increasingly more difficult to "fill out" and increasingly unreliable(1) "rebates" from 3rd party rebate "handlers".

This may be due to the introduction of DDR4 RAM into the marketplace, so based on history don't expect DDR3 prices to stay at reasonable levels (even higher-speed RAM has been recently priced at slightly lower prices when on sale or "shell-shocker").

Don't forget that DDR and DDR2 RAM prices very rapidly shot through the roof once DDR3 became the marketplace standard. Of course, this may be an "opportunity" for investment to buy DDR3 for future resale at obscenely high prices a year or two from now, regardless of local inflation or the collapse of the US Dollar. (Note: US history would also remind us that US politicians won't have any problem making it illegal for US citizens to own gold/gold-shares or Bitcoins (in the relatively near future). Which I bet they probably "forgot" to mention in Common Core history curricula.)

I'm in the process of being denied a rebate from a PSU purchase. Can't blame Newegg or the manufacturer. The problem lies entirely with the 3rd party "handler" who claims I didn't comply with all the requirements...and of course, I did. I even have photocopy proof of what was submitted to them STAPLED together complete with the staple visible in the photocopy.

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