High Capacity and HEDT DDR4 Pricing

Now, let’s take a look at larger kits designed for HEDT systems. Due to the intracacies of the quad-channel memory controllers inside Core i7 Extreme Haswell-E and Broadwell-E processors, HEDT kits do not boast with extremely high frequencies because it is hard to run four modules at high clock-rates. Even then, at moderate frequencies such DRAM sub-systems deliver a lot of bandwidth. What memory kits for HEDT do require are sub-timings optimized for their operation in quad-channel mode since in far not all situations a pair of dual-channel kits will work fine in quad-channel mode.

Due to the fact that HEDT kits do not operate at extreme data-rates, there are a lot of options to choose from since virtually all suppliers of DRAM modules offer such kits, including Crucial, Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, Patriot and so on.

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400/CL16 4×8 GB (BLS4K8G4D240FSC)

Crucial introduced its Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400/CL16 32 GB (4×8 GB) kit (BLS4K8G4D240FSC) relatively recently and back in February it used to retail for $224. Today, it is available for $139.99 at Amazon and for $139.99 at Newegg. Moreover, there are Ripjaws 4 kits from G.Skill with CL15 timings that cost $134.99 at Newegg, but which are absent at Amazon, most likely due to distribution.

Next up are 64 GB DDR4 kits for high-end desktops. Another quad-channel set of memory modules from Crucial, the Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400/CL16 64 GB (4×16 GB) kit (BLS4K16G4D240FSE) seems to be among the most affordable options. The product currently costs $249.99 at Amazon and the same amount of money at Newegg. When it was added to Amazon’s database in early May, it was priced at $300, but at some point later on its price declined to as low as $195 and $215.

If you want fast memory for HEDT, be ready to pay a lot for it.


Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200/CL16 (4×16 GB) CMK64GX4M4B3200C16

Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200/CL16 64 GB (4×16 GB) quad-channel kit (CMK64GX4M4B3200C16) currently costs $389.99 at Amazon and $389.99 at Newegg. Its competitor, the G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200/CL16 64 GB kit (F4-3200C16Q-64GTZKY) retails for $359.99 at Newegg. A good news is that prices of even such high-end kits are rapidly declining: back in February the Vengeance LPC 64 GB DDR4-3200 quad-channel kit cost $630.99.


Corsair's Dominator Platinum Quad-Channel Kits for HEDT

Meanwhile, Corsair’s top-of-the-range Dominator Platinum DDR4 modules continue to be the most expensive in the industry. The company’s Dominator Platinum DDR4-2666/CL15 64 GB (4×16 GB) quad-channel kit (CMD64GX4M4A2666C15) has MSRP of $439.99. However, its actual price at Amazon is $631.99 (up from ~$530 a month ago), hence, no changes from December 2015.

At the moment Newegg does not carry the CMD64GX4M4A2666C15 kit, but it used to cost around $430 in late June there.

By contrast, an octa-module CMD64GX4M8A2666C15 kit is priced at $540.39 (up from $475 a month ago) at Amazon, which is lower than its MSRP of $584.99.

Meanwhile, Newegg sells the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-2666/CL15 64 GB (8×8 GB) kit for $469.99.

It is evident that market trends have an effect on prices of even ultra-high-end memory solutions, which is why their prices are generally declining. Nonetheless, such DRAM kits are still expensive and their exact prices can depend on supply from the manufacturer or distibution rather than the price of DRAM ICs in general. We advise to keep this in mind because fluctuations in pricing can occur on a weekly basis.

High-Speed DDR4 Pricing DDR3 Modules Are Getting Cheaper Too
Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • sonicmerlin - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    The title of the article incorrectly states "since 2015", when the text clearly states the 20% drop is from early 2016.
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    That was a mistake on my part. Updated :)
  • Mikuni - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    How can the fab cost so much? 12-13 billions? It would be interesting to see an article detailing the design and processes of such buildings, the machinery used etc.
  • woggs - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    The tools installed are the money... These are a little dated but interesting...
  • mejobloggs - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - link

    Those videos are mind boggling, just trying to think how much technology involved in all that
  • AndrewJacksonZA - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    There's a typo on the headings on the first graph: "sopt" instead of "spot"
  • anomalydesign - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    These findings of DDR4 prices continuing to go lower don't match with my personal experience. In ordering RAM in the past month I've come to accept that the prices are significantly higher than they were earlier in the year.

    After reading the article I though perhaps I was misremembering the prices, so I looked back through my order history at Newegg. I purchased multiple 16 and 32GB DDR4 kits from different brands back in April, and in each case the listed price on those kits was not only lower than the current price (by at least 10-25 percent), but they were well below the price of ANY comparable kit currently available.

    So I don't know why the graphs and examples in this article don't line up with what I've experienced. I think perhaps looking at particular brands and models is part of the issue, as one that is priced at the entry level can move up, or vice versa. But unless there is a way to show prices not of a particular kit, but of the least expensive example of a given speed/capacity, I don't think these findings reflect the reality of the RAM market.
  • anomalydesign - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    One example, which has gone from $110 to 152 in the past few months: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...
  • CaedenV - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    It could be that you have been scooping RAM up on sales and deals available at the time, and the chart prices are for the 'normal' or 'average' going price of the products.
    I know that for DDR3 I picked up 16GB for my home server last spring for ~$80, and then during prime day sale I picked up another 32GB for my desktop for $65. Just goes to show that charts only show part of the picture... But still, RAM is dirt cheap compared to a year or two ago!
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    No, your experience here is correct; Anandtech's reporting is incorrect.

    See the price graph here of a common set of DDR4-2400 set of ram with no heatspreaders over time this year.


    Lowest RAM prices were around April~May this year, after that prices began to pick up, and today, prices sit about ~20% higher than their historical low around April~May. And this isn't the only set of RAM that had the same price swings...



Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now