While the price of hard disk drives has surged temporarily over the past few months, the price of the memory modules has fallen to new lows.
You can now get six 4GB DDR3 240 pin DIMM modules (1600MHz PC3-12800 9-9-9-25) or 24GB from Komputerbay with heatspreader for £75 or 32GB for £100, from Amazon.
This is non ECC, non Parity, unbuffered memory and comes with a lifetime warranty. At just over £3 per GB, this is the cheapest memory per GB module on the market yet.
In the US, the cheapest memory we've tracked is at 1stchoice memory, which is a four layer PCB available from $17.23 with free shipping for a 4GB memory module (32GB available for around £88).
There are only a handful of motherboards that can accommodate eight DIMM modules, with the £220 MSI X79A-GD65 and the £300 Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 being some of the few available on the market to offer eight memory slots on the Intel X79 chipset.
The prospect of having 32GB for under £100 means that one could envisage affordable RAM Drive devices coming to the market in the near term. These would be faster than current solid state drives on the market, especially when configured in RAID-0