[SunHELP] Memory prices

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Fri Feb 2 00:05:10 CST 2001

On  1-Feb-01 at 21:19, Gregory Leblanc (gleblanc at cu-portland.edu) wrote:
> On 31 Jan 2001 13:18:07 -0800, patl at Phoenix.Volant.ORG wrote:
> > I have an Ultra 10-440 with a SunPCi card; and am considering adding
> > memory to both.  Can someone here explain why the RAM for the U10
> > is about three times as expensive as even the fastest PC memory?
> > It is also obvious that the two are measuring different things
> > when they list the 'ns' speeds - what is the difference?
> They're measuring the same thing, which I believe is the "refresh time",
> or time between when signals are regenerated.

They why is the 50ns (Sun) memory almost three times as expensive as
the 8ns (PC) memory?

> > MemoryX lists a pair of 64Mb DIMMs for the U10 are $290.  Two 128Mb
> > DIMMS are $540 or $660 depending on manufacturer.  (That's $270 or
> > $440 each.)
> > 
> > They list a 128Mb (PC100) DIMM for the SunPCi at $105.  In their
> > general SDRAM DIMM listing, they have Intel Approved 128MB PC-100
> > DIMMs without ECC for $60.  With ECC for $103-109.  PC133 DIMMs
> > are only slightly more expensive than the PC100 versions; and Advanced
> > PCBoost has 128Mb PC150 SDRAMs at $68.
> All of those prices are -way- too high.  I'm currently getting 133MHz
> PC133 SDRAM DIMMs for $53, without ECC.  Sun ram is always more
> expensive than PeeCee RAM, but I don't think those are particularly good
> prices for Sun ram either.  Hmm, I don't see any better prices from my
> sources here, so perhaps that's as good as Ultra10 ram gets at this
> point.  That's probably why I don't have an Ultra on my desktop yet,
> despite the ultra-cool ultra-sparc logos.  :)

I didn't mean to imply that those were particularly good (or bad)
prices; but they were easy to lookup on-line and for the purposes
of the question I assumed that they were probably typical.  (And
if not, that at least the ratio was typical.)


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