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  • iPad Pushing RAM Prices Down: Samsung


    With the PC market slowing down due to the weakened economy and challenges from new devices like iPad, the drop in the price of DRAM chips may accelerate in coming months. That's the assessment from chipmaker Samsung, which is warning that if PC sales don't improve, they'll have to lower prices on RAM chips due to "oversupply." Prices have been down since July, when the crisis in Greece sent shockwaves through the global economy, and a Samsung executive says they will continue their fall unless sales surge during the Christmas holiday and Chinese New Year.

    Kwon Oh-hyun, President of the Semiconductor Business of Samsung Electronics, told attendees at the company's mobile equipment conference in Taipei that slow computer sales may lead to a glut of RAM on the market. Oh-hyun said that mobile phones and servers were providing enough demand to keep prices "stable," but that the PC business had taken a big hit due in significant part to challenges from devices like the iPad, "which use fewer DRAM components than desktops and notebooks." With its simplified operating system, fast CPU and non-multitasking architecture, an iPad with 256MB RAM can perform as well for many tasks as a netbook with 1GB. If the slowdown continues, Kwon said, "we may see a kind of oversupply in Q4 or Q1," in other words this fall and next winter. The holiday buying season would be key, he added, saying that "it depends on demand from the U.S. Thanksgiving" and the Chinese New Year in February.

    Samsung is making an effort to shore up its flagging netbook sales by introducing a tablet of its own. The Galaxy Tab - basically an up-sized version of its Galaxy S smartphone - runs Android 2.2 Froyo, has 512MB of RAM, a 7 inch screen with both front and rear-facing cameras, and is capable of being used as a phone. It will be introduced in Italy and brought to other countries as carrier deals are set. Samsung product executive Hankil Yoon told the Wall Street Journal that the Galaxy Tab would probably be available for between $200 and $300 US, depending on carrier subsidies.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Pushing RAM Prices Down: Samsung started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Heck, they need to keep lowering prices on everything. Not just RAM! The next few months may be a good time to upgrade my PC. I'll keep a lookout on NewEgg.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      who cares about Samsung and their garbage Galaxy Tab ? ipad2 anyone lol
    1. Ray661's Avatar
      Ray661 -
      I find it funny that my uncles newegg wishlist went up 25 bucks today :P
    1. infamoushack's Avatar
      infamoushack -
      the average user doesnt need more than 4GB... most computers/laptops come with 4GB already
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      samsungs a big enough company they will be ok just wont make as much profits
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Cool. It's time to upgrade my pc 's ram
    1. iphnblues's Avatar
      iphnblues -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      who cares about Samsung and their garbage Galaxy Tab ? ipad2 anyone lol
      u are very stupid thats all i want to say
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      You also have to realize that PC's / Mac's have reached a point where there is almost no need to upgrade. Hardware has surpassed software to the point that there is a performance gap. Lets compare the performance to hp or premium cars:

      Computers have reached the point of "Q: why?", "A: because I can!"
      And by that I mean a PC/Mac sold at the lowest tier of performance will perform at the mid-range sports car level in terms of raw power and bells-n-whistles. A low powered machine stays relevant for at least 5 years when in the past your hardware was outdated by the time it shipped to you.

      So you get your shiny new "sports car" hardware - And it runs great! You have plenty of power under the hood and all the bells-n-whistles you need. 3-5 years later your hardware is still good enough to run the stuff you need. Time to upgrade? Why? Its like buying a Lambo. You don't need it - You'll never push it to its limits without going to jail... and Computers aren't status symbols unless you get a Mac or are a total loser.

      So upgrading from a computer that is more than good enough to a computer that is WAY more than good enough is just a waste of money. And in today's economy we are all cutting costs any way we can.

      Unless you need massive amounts of power - ie: are a graphic designer or super hardcore gamer there is no point.

      We have officially reached the "why" stage in hardware.

      tim

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      example: I just upgraded my hp a6300t desktop to 2GB RAM, 500GB SATA2 HDD, PCI SATA2 expansion, and OSX86 for less than $250 instead of buying a new $600-$1200 PC/Mac and it runs great! Couldn't be happier. Plus I don't have to use a virus, I mean Windows, I mean Crapsta, I mean Windows is crap, I mean OSX86 runs better on my PC than Windows does... I mean...

      haha

      But seriously - OSX>Win - and on an "86" machine no less

      --To be fair - I force 32x mode
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      You also have to realize that PC's / Mac's have reached a point where there is almost no need to upgrade. Hardware has surpassed software to the point that there is a performance gap. Lets compare the performance to hp or premium cars:

      Computers have reached the point of "Q: why?", "A: because I can!"
      And by that I mean a PC/Mac sold at the lowest tier of performance will perform at the mid-range sports car level in terms of raw power and bells-n-whistles. A low powered machine stays relevant for at least 5 years when in the past your hardware was outdated by the time it shipped to you.

      So you get your shiny new "sports car" hardware - And it runs great! You have plenty of power under the hood and all the bells-n-whistles you need. 3-5 years later your hardware is still good enough to run the stuff you need. Time to upgrade? Why? Its like buying a Lambo. You don't need it - You'll never push it to its limits without going to jail... and Computers aren't status symbols unless you get a Mac or are a total loser.

      So upgrading from a computer that is more than good enough to a computer that is WAY more than good enough is just a waste of money. And in today's economy we are all cutting costs any way we can.

      Unless you need massive amounts of power - ie: are a graphic designer or super hardcore gamer there is no point.

      We have officially reached the "why" stage in hardware.

      tim

      ------------
      example: I just upgraded my hp a6300t desktop to 2GB RAM, 500GB SATA2 HDD, PCI SATA2 expansion, and OSX86 for less than $250 instead of buying a new $600-$1200 PC/Mac and it runs great! Couldn't be happier. Plus I don't have to use a virus, I mean Windows, I mean Crapsta, I mean Windows is crap, I mean OSX86 runs better on my PC than Windows does... I mean...

      haha

      But seriously - OSX>Win - and on an "86" machine no less

      --To be fair - I force 32x mode
      This may be true if all you do is surf the interwebs with your computer. If that is the case, you reached this point about 10 or more years ago. If you do things like play modern games, edit video/audio, or anything processor/ram/cpu intensive (and no, you really do not need to be "super hard core" or a video designer to reach this point), you couldn't be farther from the truth my friend.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This may be true if all you do is surf the interwebs with your computer. If that is the case, you reached this point about 10 or more years ago. If you do things like play modern games, edit video/audio, or anything processor/ram/cpu intensive (and no, you really do not need to be "super hard core" or a video designer to reach this point), you couldn't be farther from the truth my friend.
      I do most of that stuff on my dated computer with ease. I don't game on my computers because it is a losing race to keep up with. I just stick to my iPhone and XBox360.

      A 10 year old computer... hmm... thats pushing it hard. You can surf the net and do email... but it will be in slow motion.

      I edit pix, vid, audio - but at a low level and am fine. Like I said, most users are covered for a long long time with sub-modern hardware. And that probably covers 80% of the users on this site - and remember, this is a modding site. So we are dealing with intermediate to advanced users.

      tim
    1. -_-'s Avatar
      -_- -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      who cares about Samsung and their garbage Galaxy Tab ? ipad2 anyone lol
      nope. the iPad is cool, but the tap is good too. much more functionality, and open. and adobe flash FULL, apple doesnt even allow a tiny amount of flash. . .
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphnblues View Post
      u are very stupid thats all i want to say
      you're the stupid one.if you dont know what the galaxy tab is about,samsung wants about $1000 plus. for their garbage tablet and what you get with that? android market garbage with no apps i'll stick with apple hahahahaha.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      I do most of that stuff on my dated computer with ease. I don't game on my computers because it is a losing race to keep up with. I just stick to my iPhone and XBox360.

      A 10 year old computer... hmm... thats pushing it hard. You can surf the net and do email... but it will be in slow motion.

      I edit pix, vid, audio - but at a low level and am fine. Like I said, most users are covered for a long long time with sub-modern hardware. And that probably covers 80% of the users on this site - and remember, this is a modding site. So we are dealing with intermediate to advanced users.

      tim
      My point was simply that if all you are doing is "low level picture editing" and surfing the net, of course you are not going to need a modern computer. For what it's worth my girlfriend's family still runs an eight year old Dell. All they do is browse the web, use the word processor occasionally, and a whole lot of youtube. Of course it isn't snappy like a modern computer, but is far from slow motion. I think it would be more accurate to say that the average user doesn't do things on their computer that comes close to maximizing their hardware potential instead of saying that software has not caught up with the hardware. It has surpassed it in plenty of ways, it is just that most people don't care to use it as such. To be quite honest, it has been this way almost as far back as I can remember. Unless you wanted to do high end gaming, video editing, etc. there was NEVER really a time that buying the top of the line was "worth it" under this definition.
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      iPad is cool, but when other companies copies it you suddenly don't like the iPad anymore.


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