Friday, June 22nd 2012

SSD Prices in Free-Fall: The Next DRAM?

Hard drive prices refuse to budge after last year's floods that struck manufacturing facilities in Thailand, even as manufacturers turn record profit. The solid-state drive market, on the other hand, is finally rolling with competition, high volume production, and advancements in NAND flash technologies. With memory majors such as Hynix adding new NAND flash manufacturing facilities to their infrastructure, SSD is expected to finally get its big break in the mainstream market.

SSD prices, according to price aggregators, are on a free-fall. Models which once held relative pricing as high as $2 per gigabyte, and going deep within the $1 mark. For example, Crucial's widely-praised M4 256 GB SSD has a price per GB of 'just' $0.82, and a market price around $200, something unheard of, for a 256 GB SSD with transfer rates of over 500 MB/s. With SSD major OCZ Technology releasing new generations of drives under the Vertex 4 and Agility 4 series that use Indilinx processors, older Vertex 3 and Agility 3 models are being phased out, some of these are seeing sub $1/GB prices. Intel is also responding to market trends, with prices of its SSD 520 series dropping sharply. Find a boat-load of stats at the source.

Source: The TechReport
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120 Comments on SSD Prices in Free-Fall: The Next DRAM?

#1
suraswami
hmm all talk about 256 and 512GB. I want 1TB SSD for under $200 :roll:
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: suraswami
hmm all talk about 256 and 512GB. I want 1TB SSD for under $200 :roll:
lets build a terminator and send him into the future where he can hunt and kill all those guys responsible for keep the prices up. the fact that he's already a few decades obselete will make it even more of a challenge and makes the recorded footage worth watching providing he makes it back in one peice.....

First job he has to do though is hunt those employees at WD and Seagate responsible for price fixing and using the thailand floods as a excuse to keep prices up - after that THEN we send him into the future.
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#3
BigMack70
I picked up an OCZ Agility 3 240GB for $170 on sale a few weeks back... such an awesome deal I couldn't pass it up.

I like this trend :)
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#4
D007
I couldn't be happier about this. :)
Finally I may be able to get a SSD of a noteable size, that's not going to kill me in the pocket..
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#5
tacosRcool
I like how Intel dominates in high prices
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#6
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: BigMack70
I picked up an OCZ Agility 3 240GB for $170 on sale a few weeks back... such an awesome deal I couldn't pass it up.

I like this trend :)
OCZ are rumored to have some reliability/QC issues & not just because the whole sandforce chipset thing a while back which everyone was having issues with which has now been fixed. so dont do a victory dance just yet.
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#7
Delta6326
glad Ive waited so far can't wait till they get even cheaper.
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#9
Zubasa
by: naoan
People used to say the same things with platter drives...

And I have no doubt that years from now, there will be GPU faster than GTX690 for less than $500. It's just a matter of time.
Time is money friend, so at the end it is still a matter of money ;)
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#10
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
I want Samsung 830 256GB drive!
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#11
seronx
Any of you guys know when the 300,000 P/E Cycle SSDs come out?
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#12
jpierce55
I need a minimum of 500gb, I don't want multiple drives, and I don't see myself shelling out even this amount of money
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#13
NC37
Crap, I just bought a Synapse a week ago...sigh.

Oh well, got it on a big discount so, in the end at least I didn't pay full price.
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: jpierce55
I need a minimum of 500gb, I don't want multiple drives, and I don't see myself shelling out even this amount of money
unless you have a laptop, i just dont undertand that logic.


i have about 12 drives, three of which are internal. OS, games, backups. running with less seems madness to me in a desktop.
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#15
remixedcat
by: nvidiaintelftw
I want Samsung 830 256GB drive!
Leaning towards that or the Crucial M4.
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#16
techtard
Might be time to upgrade my SSDs capacity-wise.
If the prices keep dropping, I might be able to replace my caviar black 640GB drive with a sata6 SSD.
Of course I don't need to do this, but it would be nice to have ultra fast loading times in all my games, without having to plan ahead and move things with the Steam-mover program.

Sometimes convenience is worth the few extra bucks.
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#17
Darkleoco
Might be able to pick up a 256 gb SSD for my new laptop at this rate :rockout:
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#18
DaedalusHelios
by: m1ch
Thanks for the reply, but its still like 60$ more than in US, which is quite a bit, considering the drive is 200$... European Amazon(s) wont price match :shadedshu
I recently received it in the mail for $169.99 shipped which is pretty solid for a brand new drive. :toast:

That is roughly .66 USD per GB. :)
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#19
timmyisme22
by: Grings
Never mind 256gb drives, i wanna see 512gb+ ones get affordable :)
Well, in the US (and possibly Canada) we have a weekend sale on newegg.com right now.

Crucial M4 512GB SATA III MLC that with the promo code (EMCYTZT1803) brings it down to $344.99 USD (and free shipping). That's $0.67 per GB.


The only downside is A: I'm broke and B: It's US (and possibly Canada) only.
Also, seems some people (yet again, not many speak-up, I never leave reviews because I'm lazy) are having problems.
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#20
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Still a very long ways to go. Example (I did not search for the cheapest drive on the market per GB--just the 3TB drive I would buy):
Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Ca...

$170 - $20 promo code = $150
$150 / 3000 GB = $0.05 / GB

Put bluntly, I can't see SSDs ever hitting that price. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they're faster but are they worth spending 13+ times more for? I struggle to say "yes" to that when they're only about 5 times faster.
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#21
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: FordGT90Concept


Put bluntly, I can't see SSDs ever hitting that price.
And why is that? I remember paying ~€200 for a low end 4GB drive. I remember 64MB USB sticks costing nearly €100. You get 2GB sticks for free nowadays. SSDs will get larger and larger and thus price per GB gets lower, it's simply how things work.
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#22
beck24
SSD's are the biggest single improvement I've experienced. Paid $450 for a 240gb OWC Extreme. Love to see an affordable TB however. Maybe in a year or so.
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#23
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Let me know when they hit under $0.25 / GB, then I'll be interested in SSDs... Until then they are a luxtury item, and the money can likely be spend better elsewhere in the computer.
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#24
kid41212003
by: newtekie1
Let me know when they hit under $0.25 / GB, then I'll be interested in SSDs... Until then they are a luxtury item, and the money can likely be spend better elsewhere in the computer.
If you have a decent i5/7 system with a $250 video card, and you have $150 to spare, SSD is the best upgrade you can do.

At $150, nothing else will give you a more noticeable performance upgrade.
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: kid41212003
If you have a decent i5/7 system with a $250 video card, and you have $150 to spare, SSD is the best upgrade you can do.

At $150, nothing else will give you a more noticeable performance upgrade.
So you believe that going from something like an GTX570/HD7850 to something like a GTX670/HG7950 would give less of a noticeable performance upgrade than an SSD? Keep living the delusion...:shadedshu
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