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Cost & Tech Evolution Of RAM & Processors [Infographic]

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It’s easy to get blinded by the speed at which things become cheap once they are widely adapted into our world. The fact that one gigabyte of RAM cost $128,000 in 1988 is as mind-boggling as the thought of human kind sending a group of settlers to Mars. The price of different technologies is getting ever cheaper, and the tech evolution of RAM and processors are certainly in that category. The astonishing tech evolution we have seen since the introduction of computers is insane.

I could go into depth about the price changes that have formed my own computer usage throughout my life, but that history wouldn’t even begin to tell the full story. Plus it is not long enough to span the whole, real tech evolution that we have seen since we started seeing RAM and processors become popular around 1966. In order to get the full span of the tech evolution, we need to consult something a little bit more extensive- something that will tell the full story the way it is told through price changes and tech specs.

We can do that by looking at a freshly presented infographic from Chassis Plans called The Evolution Of RAM & Processors. It goes through the timeline like we haven’t seen before, or at least in a way that we don’t get to view very often. By comparing the processor speeds, RAM size and prices each year, we get a pretty good look at just how insane this evolution has been since 1966.



One gigabyte today costs around $4.00, but in just 2 years (really three), that price will have dropped by a magnitude of 4. We are moving fast, and new technologies are making tech evolution progress ever faster. It’s the same with processors. In 1971, the Intel 4004 processor could handle 0.092 million calculations per second. That number is now up at 2.27 billion calculations per second (in just a little over 40 years). By following this evolution, we can easily create a scale where things are heading in the future. Let’s just say that our computers are going to get ever cheaper and faster in the future – with that comes more genius innovations. Those are innovations we wouldn’t have even dreamed of ten years ago.

Tech Evolution Through The Years

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

One Comment

Oscar E. Hasten

February 9th, 2013

When I started selling computers for the Byte Shop in 1980 in Seattle, a 16KB, S-100 memory board was a bit over 1300 dollars.

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