Supply and Demand are always at work in determining pricing.
But the sweet spot is what governs the general pricing on memory from the
manufacturing point of view.
Sweet Spot = What memory types the manufacturers are tooled up for, to crank
out in large quantities, at the lowest per unit price. Not too long ago, it
was DRAM in 72-pin SIMM packaging. Then it changed to SDRAM in DIMM
packaging. Now DDR-SDRAM, and that's also changing as the mobo Front-Side
Bus speeds ramps up to 800MHz and higher (overclocked version of 1200MHz has
been announced). Why? Apple is going that route, Sun is going that route,
IBM is going that route. Its engineering trying to ring-out bottlenecks in
design and memory bus speeds definitely slow down the coupling between CPU
and memory access. Cache is like a band-aid to help alleviate the problem
but the better solution is to make the highways bigger and faster.
The reason for the speed is not to help GeoWrite or Word be quicker but its
for Networking and Video.
For one, Gigabit Ethernet absolutely requires a faster bus than what existed
up until now. This is all well documented and every engineer knows the math
involved. Also, Video is helped and large database arrays are helped. There
are many other bus related bottleneck scenarios that are helped.
The above apps are too esoteric for a GeoWrite or Word user. But those apps
aren't what determines the advancement in speed. The engineers don't say
"You know CBLANKII and HYUBSO are on to something, we don't need all this
speed for GeoWrite". They say, lets engineer one size that fits all and
offer it at a price point that is competitive with all the old stuff, that
we will replace with the new stuff.
Bottom Line: If your needs are modest, then by all means buy products that
fit your modest needs. But, be warned that the definition of what is modest
is a moving target and Bob can relate to quantity pricing on PCs, and what
modest (a relative term as it applies to a PC) offers you today vs. one year
ago, or five years ago!
> i htink prices are down due to market saturation.. if they could
> command higher prices and get them, they would charge them! these
> businesses are not charities..
> > The reason for the deal is because we are shifting again. remember SDRAM
> > memory? I have some in this PC but its now out of date for all the new
> > motherboards that are using cheaper chipsets and memory parts. The
> > manufacturing costs drive the prices DOWN!
> >>hey, I bought tha memeory.. last month.. got my rebates this week..
> >>bought the same offer this month.. hopefully next month i iwll get my
> >>rebates for this months purchase..
> >>that is a lot of free ram
> >>now if only office max would start giving out free tech support , free
> >>windows installation, free software troubleshooting, and free hardware
> >>repairs.. all after rebate of course, that would be great!
> >>and ensemble lite still runs on my athlon 2000+ with 756mb of ram..
> >>amazing for an obsolete, out of date product..
> >>>Given that memory is being
> >>>given away at Office Max this week, with free memory after rebates.