Outlook for storage price development
The storage prices keep falling, but whether the prices of November 2001 will be reached remains open. The colleagues from x-bit Labs have dared to make a forecast of the further memory price development, which we do not want to withhold from you.
The four pictures clearly show the prices of the various RAM modules in the period from January 16, 2002 to March 23, 2002, the red line being the highest price, the green line being the average price and the blue line being the lowest Price in US dollars. On the one hand, the short drop in prices at the end of January is noticeable, but this cannot be explained. After that, a fairly high price level was reached for all models by around the middle/end of March, which even rose to US $ 9.5 for the 256Mbit SD-RAM modules. Since then, RAM prices have been falling, only now and then slightly slowed down. According to the colleagues from x-bit Labs, RAM prices should now have bottomed out for all variants and will remain at this level until the end of summer. When comparing SD-RAM and DDR-RAM, on the other hand, the almost identical price is noticeable, the 128MBit DDR modules are a bit more expensive than their SD-RAM colleagues, with the 256MBit modules it looks exactly the other way around. Understandable, since the RAM manufacturers are now producing 256MBit DDR-RAM modules as the 'standard', SD-RAM will be affected by a stronger price increase in autumn than the DDR-RAM modules. So if you buy systems with SD-RAM memory, you are throwing your money out the window, so to speak. DDR-RAM bars are still a little more expensive on the market, but they are more powerful and future-proof than their SD-RAM predecessors. The forecasts are of course non-binding assessments of the colleagues at x-bit Labs, how the market will really develop remains to be seen.