According to Digitimes, DRAMeXchange said that DRAM prices in 2020 will increase by about 5% in the first quarter of 2020.
The reason is that during 2019, many graphics card and GPU products have transitioned from the older GDDR5 to GDDR6, a trend that is sure to continue into 2020. AMD’s Navi-based graphics cards are already all GDDR6-based, and so are most of Nvidia’s Turing cards, with a few exceptions for entry-level and mid-level GPUs.
New consoles from Microsoft and Sony are also expected to have an impact on GDDR6 supply, as they are both expected to release later this year with the latest GPU memory and storage standard. Although they won’t be released in the first quarter, DRAM suppliers are expected to stock up on GDDR6 ICs when the new consoles start production.
Of course, it’s worth noting that this is the price of DRAM contracts between manufacturers, but they often do translate into more expensive consumer products. Having said that, graphics DRAM is only a fraction of the cost of their integrated products, so the impact of DRAM prices alone won’t have much of an impact on hardware prices – it’s also possible that when DRAM is produced as new consoles come out, other than DRAM The price of hardware will also rise.
With the lowest memory prices in current history, this news is not surprising.