Memory bargains to be had as RAM prices crash

Prices of RAM have dropped so much in Europe that an 8GB DDR3 kit can be had for as little as 24 Euros at some online stores, bringit it down to just 3 Euros per GB.

The price cuts aren't restricted to one manufacturer, either. IT news site Fudzilla compares prices from each of the leading memory makers, showcasing the bargains available.

The cheapest offering comes from TeamGroup, at €23.99 for 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3, though Mushkin isn't far behind, offering its own budget 8GB kits from €26.53. G-Skill's economical offerings can be taken off the shelves from just over €27.50.

Unfortunately for UK buyers, prices in pounds aren't quite as tempting - though they are coming down. 8GB of Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666 DDR3 will set you back just over £30, while Kingston and other manufacturer's similar offerings are a few pounds more.

Of course you don't need to stop with just 8GB, if you feel the need to go further, there's now 12GB, 16GB, 24GB and - if you go quad channel on Intel's new Sandy Bridge E platform - even 32GB.

As more users switch to laptops, though, competition is hotting up between vendors of notebook-specific SODIMM memory modules. Here, the biggest price drops over the past couple of years have come from Kingston. Back in 2009, a 4GB ValueRAM SODIMM module from the company would have cost you €243, dropping to €54 two years back. Now you can pick one up for just €14.