Two months ago, a fire at a Hynix factory created a shortage in DRAM inventory and exacerbated the gradual climb in DRAM prices. While the fire wasn’t all that severe — Hynix has sworn that its memory capacity will ramp back to full in fairly short order — its impact on the market has been significant. In early September, the price of 8GB of Corsair memory was sitting at $72. Today, it’s jumped up to $93. Other components show similar increases — Kingston 8GB packs have gone from $66 to $79, and Corsair’s 16GB RAM packs are up to $150, from $130.
A year ago, 16GB of DDR3-1600 from Corsair was $67, which gives you some idea of just how much prices have already risen. And now, there’s evidence they could be headed higher. Spot prices have jumped more than 5% this week, as OEMs begin to rebuild inventory. Historically, jumps in DRAM spot pricing are often reflected in channel pricing, much as the price of gasoline responds to the price of oil.