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Oleg
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Birmingham, AL
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How long will it take for prices to drop on SSDs?

How long do you think it will take for prices to drop on SSDs?


KoRnGtL15
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Grants Pass, OR
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They are reasonable now imo for the performance gain you get. Best upgrade any pc can have. Now if you want 500gb/1tb hdd prices. You will be waiting a while. My guess maybe in 1-2 years from now. 3 at the most.



koitsu
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join:2002-07-16
Mountain View, CA
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reply to Oleg

Where's the trending data to support prices aren't dropping?

I can point you to camelegg.com and camelcamelcamel.com that clearly show the prices on mainstream SSDs of all sizes (particularly 120GB+) have been dropping since last year.

Or did you mean "how long do you think it will take for prices to drop {to levels I personally deem reasonable} on SSDs?"
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HarryH3
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reply to Oleg

I think the same thing will happen to SSD's that happened to spinning-disk drives. Higher capacity drives will become cheaper and lower capacity drives will vanish from the market. Prices of SSD's have been on a mostly downward trend for quite some time, especially on a cost per gigabyte basis.


asdfdfdfdfdf
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reply to Oleg

They are dropping and significantly faster than hard drive prices, but it will still be a few years before they approach parity with hard drive prices in cost per gigabyte.


HarryH3
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·Suddenlink
reply to Oleg

Thought of this thread when I read this:

»www.extremetech.com/computing/16···e-to-buy


passerby

join:2013-03-22
Monroe, MI
reply to Oleg

They dropped enough for me to opt for an SSD to replace my failed HDD, at half the capacity. I wasn't using the additional capacity of my HDD anyway and with removable/cloud storage being a cheap option, the performance gains of SSD were compelling.

Are you referring them to drop low enough to match traditional HDDs at/near the same capacity?



Octavean
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join:2001-03-31
New York, NY
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reply to Oleg

said by Oleg:

How long do you think it will take for prices to drop on SSDs?

I'd have to say that there is no question that SSDs are dropping in price. New models based on new controllers are usually introduced to the market at an elevated price point for the given capacity but that usually settles within due time.

My first 64GB SSD had a retail price of about ~$150 or so. Such a capacity SSD could probably be found for less then half that price today.

The last SSD I purchased was a Samsung 840 500GB model which I purchased for about ~$330 (came with a free game FarCry 3 if I recall correctly) but I have seen the same model for as low as ~$279 shortly after.

The next SSD I purchase I would like to be a 1TB model and I have seen them as low as ~$599. Such an SSD used to cost a minimum of about ~$1500 USD and even then it would be some odd internal RAID configuration likely due to controller limitations.

There is no question that these things are getting more affordable as time goes on.

Fraoch

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Cambridge, ON
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reply to Oleg

Yes they're definitely coming down in price. What's new is that manufacturers are introducing low-cost lines - look at the Crucial M500, for example. Samsung also has different performance levels at different price points.

I've been looking for a replacement for my wife's 120 GB Mac hard drive for some time. Because it's an older SATA I MacBook, I didn't want to spend too much - so ultimate performance was not a factor. Also since she was running out of space a 240/256 GB SSD would be in order.

The magical number in my head was $200 (keep in mind these are inflated Canadian prices) and it took a while until I found a drive below that - finally, two weeks ago, the Crucial M500 went on sale for $165. I jumped on it and it works great.

I'm still running my 64 GB Crucial M4 in my Linux PC, it was around $100 at the time. Now I can get 120 GB SSDs for the same price, so they're definitely dropping.