Cyber Monday RAM deals: thanks for the memories

This Cyber Monday, RAM is hitting prices that we haven't seen since early 2017. If you've been holding out on a memory upgrade, it may finally be time to take the plunge. As we head into Black Friday weekend, 16GB memory kits (2x8GB) start at around $100, and this is only the beginning.

System memory has been quite expensive during the past two years, due to supply shortages (and possibly price fixing). Take, for example, this set of Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4 DRAM. At its lowest point in May 2017, it was just $70 on Amazon (according to price-tracking tool Keepa). At the beginning of this year, the same kit was $220. Thankfully, prices have been trending downward, and that kit now sells for $130. We're seeing similar price cuts on other popular RAM kits.

If you're looking for an upgrade, take a look at these excellent RAM deals:

Cyber Monday RAM deals

G.Skill Tridentz RGB series 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 | $259
This is about as cheap as we've seen this powerful memory. Squeeze 32GB into two slots and enjoy the lightshow provided by the RGB bars. Buy at Newegg

GeIL Evo Potenza 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2666 | $94.99 ($33 off)
This deal beats anything we saw last year by a wide margin. It's relatively tame specs of DDR42400 CL16, but it's the lowest price we've seen lately on a 16GB kit. Buy at Newegg.

Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 CL17 | $54.99 ($10 off)
One of the least expensive dual-channel kits currently available. It's generic memory at an affordable price, if you can't quite spring for a 16GB kit. Buy at Newegg.

UK deals

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GB x 2) | DDR4 | 3000 MT/s | £106.99 (£82.60 off)
This DDR4 RAM is about £24 cheaper than it's ever been on Amazon UK today. Buy at Amazon

Expired deals

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) | £127 (save £50)
Great price on a DDR4 3200 16GB dual-channel kit. For the record, timings are 16-18-18-38. Buy at Newegg UK.

G.Skill TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 | £131 (£62 off)
Upgrade your internal memory without causing your bank balance to go into meltdown with this 16GB deal from the folks at G.Skill. Buy at Newegg UK

GeIL EVO Spear (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 | $49.99 (save $14)
8GB is enough memory for just about any game, and this is the lowest price we've seen all year. Buy at Newegg

Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000|$151.39 ($57.60 off)
The price has gone back up to its September level, but this is still a decent deal on some top of the line RAM that was $230 as recently as August. Buy it at Amazon.

GeIL EVO Spear (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 | $49.99 (save $14)
8GB is enough memory for just about any game, and this is the lowest price we've seen all year. Buy at Newegg

Team T-Force Vulcan (2x8GB) DDR4-2666 | $97.99 (save $28)
16GB is the recommended amount of memory for most builds. Getting more or faster RAM isn't typically helpful, and this Team kit has decent specs for the price. Buy at Newegg

Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 | $199.99 ($45 off)
Sometimes you want more memory rather than faster memory. This is currently the least expensive 32GB kit we can find. Want 64GB? Buy two!

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000 | $90 (save $40)
All the cool kids have at least 16GB of RAM. Don't be left out, grab this subtle grey camo kit and be the coolest kid in town. Decent price for a speedy set. Use code "Twitchprime" on checkout to get that extra 10 bucks off. Buy at Amazon.

G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 | $114.99 ($25 off)
The least expensive kit of DDR4-3200 memory we've seen so far, it's a slightly older model but still works well even on modern Coffee Lake and Ryzen builds.

What to expect from RAM deals on Cyber Monday

Last year's Cyber Monday occurred in the middle of global memory shortages, leading to rather underwhelming sales. But earlier this year, Prime Day 2018 gave us hope for the future. Corsair's Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM was $170 ($40 off), and G.SKILL's Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) kit was $150 ($40 off). Now, both kits cost even less than the Prime Day sale price.

As far as what to look for in memory, it's a DDR4 world out there. If you have an older system that still uses DDR3 memory, you might be tempted to upgrade, but the days of DDR3 are past. All Intel platforms have been using DDR4 since 2015, and AMD's Ryzen systems made the switch as well in early 2017. Look for used DDR3 if you really want to upgrade, as you should be able to nab 16GB for $50 or less.

For DDR4 users, there's almost no point in buying minimum speed memory. DDR4-2666 can be had for basically the same price as DDR4-2133, and even DDR4-3200 only costs about $10-15 more. Pay attention to memory timings as well, as lower speeds with tighter CL13 or CL14 timings can end up performing a bit better. In general, however, there's less than a three percent difference in overall system performance when comparing DDR4-2400 to DDR4-3200 memory, so buy whatever fits your budget that fits your aesthetic.

Trusted memory brands include G.Skill, Corsair, Crucial / Micron (Ballistix), Kingston (HyperX), Adata (XPG), GeIL, Team, Mushkin, Patriot, and Samsung. RAM is basically a commodity these days, with plenty of options. For good deals, we're looking for budget models that cost less than $90, or higher performance options for under $125.

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Corbin is a tech writer, browser extension developer, and web developer living in Georgia.