January 07, 2010

The price of memory vs. the price of gold

Photoshop engineer John Peterson (creator of Photomerge, among other things) made an interesting observation today:

In the CES hype, I noticed that 64GB SD Cards are now available, for $600 a pop.

For comparison:

A SD Card weighs about 2 grams. Gold is currently about $36/gram, so the 64GB cards cost eight times their weight in gold.

The card has a volume of about 1.5 cc. Gold has a density of 19.32 g/cc, so a solid gold SD card would take almost 29g of gold, or about $1,000 worth. Of course, the gold card would probably hold its value better over time.

Posted by John Nack at 8:06 PM on January 07, 2010


  • Timothy Mackey — 11:12 PM on January 07, 2010

    Awesome! I’ve always wanted a pair of Uggs to wear while I do my work in Photoshop. Can I send you my bank account number and pin so that I can buy all your stock from you?
    …Seriously though, what’s up with the boot spammers lately?
    This article made me laugh, John. It’s definitely a funny way to think about the value of your belongings. It seems to me that there is nothing that depreciates in value faster than electronics. If I wasn’t so enamored with them, I think I might be investing my money a little better, perhaps in something that actually appreciated in value.
    [Hah–you’ve proven just how ineffective our spam-filtering software is, as it should have bounced your comment for the mere mention of Uggs! –J.]

  • Timothy Mackey — 11:31 PM on January 07, 2010

    You can’t win, can you. :-)

  • Bill OBrien — 5:16 PM on January 08, 2010

    Gold just kinda sits around looking yellow. Memory cards do something, but 600 $ is kinda steep. Then there is printer ink, now these guys should get raked over the coals at least once a day.
    Enjoy the column, keep up the good work.

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