Every so often, our Stephen Schenck likes to point out that RAM is really cheap nowadays. And indeed, many phones have taken advantage of that fact with 4GB now the new benchmark for close-to-flagship-tier smartphones and devices. Because why not? Especially after some RAM management kerfuffles.
Well, we now have industry sources from Korea telling us about the war games they’re playing with Chinese manufacturers as RAM is going, going, gone down to basement prices. Try $16.70 for a 4GB DDR3 module last month, down 9.5 percent from September’s price.
“No one will ever need more than 640KB of RAM”, at least that’s what many think Bill Gates once said. Whether or not he actually said that is up for debate, but the quote holds a more pointed question: how much RAM is “enough”? Unfortunately the answer to this question brings up even more questions, the foremost of which: what is RAM?
RAM, or Random Access Memory, is one of the four major components in any computer. The other parts are the CPU, GPU, and storage (“ROM” or “hard disk”). There are other bits and pieces that help [...]