RAM prices on the rise

For my data story I would like to report on the rise in the price of RAM, specifically DDR3 and DDR4 RAM. A good data set to do this is found on PCpartpicker.com under their memory price trends. PC part picker is a website that tracks the prices of computer parts on multiple websites such as Amazon, B&H photo, and Newegg. The nice thing about this data is that it is broken up into several categories like 2×4’s and 2×8’s, like this graph of DDR4 3000 4×4 kits.

ddr4_3000_pricetrends

The memory price trend is fascinating to me because of the shortage of fast high capacity RAM and the inability for the manufacturers to keep up with demand as well as the obsoletion of DDR3 in recent months. These data sets could be shown next to the release dates of the processors that made DDR3 obsolete and the enormous jumps in price they caused. I could also report on how the companies that consume RAM far exceed the companies that manufacture RAM and how that lead to the inflation in price.

 

Author: travisalber

Instructional technology major at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. Avid gamer and computer entusiast. Fan of Detroit Tigers baseball and anime.

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