Flash memory has become exceedingly more expensive over 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 exact kit was $220.
Thankfully, prices have finally started to drop. The above-mentioned 16GB kit is now $150, and we're seeing similar price cuts on other popular RAM kits.
This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, RAM will likely continue to drop in price. In this post, we'll go over what kind of sales you can expect to see in the weeks ahead, and what you should keep an eye out for.
What to expect from RAM deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Since last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday occurred in the middle of global flash memory shortages, it's difficult to predict this year's sales based on the past. Prime Day 2018, which occurred several months after the decline began, gives us a better idea of what to expect. 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).
Given that prices have continued to fall since Prime Day, it's probably safe to assume the discounts will be slightly better this year—perhaps $50-60 off for certain RAM kits.
The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday RAM deals from last year
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 | $300.00 ($46 off)
This set of RGB-equipped RAM was $46 off last year.
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 | $155.00 ($42 off)
G.SKILL's 16GB DDR4-3200 kit was $42 off last Black Friday.
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 | $160.00 ($40 off)
This pair of slower 4GB DDR4 RAM sticks was $40 off last year.
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