Samsung, Micro, and Hynix class action lawsuit over memory price fixing

DDR4 Memory

If you've built or thought about building a new system with DDR4, you most likely noticed the incredibly high prices for memory modules. Even budget builds have been challenging due to the high cost per memory module these days. When you consider the benefits of dual channel or even quad channel memory in HEDT builds, it's hard to justify single memory modules to keep within budget.


Keep in mind, these are allegations and given the limited knowledge shared about the case; it's hard to confirm any change will happen. We can hope that this brings visibility to the memory module market and will hopefully drive down pricing for a period. It's been estimated that Samsung, Micron, and Hynix control 97% of the market for memory modules in 2017.


The Chinese government announced their intent to investigate in 2017 and "conduct changed abruptly," according to the court documents. Further court documents explain the situation as such:


What we've uncovered in the DRAM market is a classic antitrust, price-fixing scheme in which a small number of kingpin corporations hold the lion's share of the market

Managing Partner Steve Berman


Instead of playing by the rules, Samsung, Micron and Hynix chose to put consumers in a chokehold, wringing the market for more profit.

Managing Partner Steve Berman


Unless the fine is drastic (talking 1 Billion+), the profits will probably outweigh the penalty, and these price-fixing practices will most likely continue.