Remember high memory prices?
It wasn’t too long ago that the price of adding memory to your PC was prohibitive — $50 per megabyte was the norm for years. Recent advances in chip-making technology and an oversupply of manufacturers have changed all that, and adding mega-memory to your PC is now an easy and inexpensive way to speed things up.
Last week, Kingston Technology, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of memory chips, announced that it is dropping prices on almost 1,500 memory products — by an average of 30%. According to Kingston’s Gary MacDonald, “you can’t afford not to upgrade right now.” As he points out, a system that is low on memory is forced to “swap” between the memory and the hard drive, creating that lovely phenomenon known as “thrashing” that is the bane of anyone who’s ever worked toward a tight deadline.