Both the prices of SDRAM chips and NAND flash devices are expected to rise in the third quarter of 2021. As a result, DDR4 kits and SSDs could become a bit expensive here as well. The market research team at Trendforce attributes the price increases in part to rising demand for servers. In addition, there is the traditionally high demand in the late summer in preparation for the vacation and Christmas season.
Depending on the product category, there is talk of 3 to 15 percent higher prices in the coming months. According to Trendforce, client SSDs could increase by up to eight percent, as could DDR4 UDIMMs for desktop PCs and DDR4 SODIMMs for notebooks.
The generally high demand for desktop graphics cards, notebook graphics chips and the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X game consoles continues to create severe shortages of GDDR6(X) devices, even though Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron are said to have already converted 90 percent of their graphics SDRAM production to meet the demand. The graphics card prices of the GeForce RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000 series have dropped recently, but they are still clearly above AMD’s and Nvidia’s recommendations.