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Decreasing SSD prices and increasing HDD prices bring to formats closer and cost

One of the things that has long kept many people from adopting an SSD to replace the hard drive inside their computer or notebook has been cost. Traditionally, a SSD is much more expensive than a normal hard drive and SSDs always have considerably less storage than a comparably priced hard drive.

However, the adoption of SSDs is growing significantly in the computer industry with more and more people willing to pay the price for better performance.
 
The good news for those who are currently in the market to purchase a new SSD is that prices are in a steady and substantial decline according to TechReport. The steady decline in price of SSD storage combined with the increase in price for hard drive storage resulting from a massive flooding in Thailand means the difference in price between the two storage formats is getting closer and closer.
 
The data comes by way of a company called Camelegg, which tracks prices at Newegg. According to the data, which looks at some specific popular SSD models, prices are coming down significantly. One example is the Intel 510 series SSD's that started out over $600 in March of 2011 and in June of 2012 are now below $500. Most enthusiasts shy away from the Intel SSD's because they tend to be some the more expensive devices out there.
 
A more commonly purchased SSD on the enthusiast end of the spectrum would be something along the lines of the Corsair Force Series GT. The data shows that the 240 GB version of that SSD started at slightly less than $500 in July of last year and in June of this year the price dropped to roughly $350. That's a $150 price reduction in a bit less than a year.
 
OCZ and its popular line of Vertex 3 SSDs have seen similar price reductions starting at a bit more than $500 in April 2011 and dropping to just over $200 as of June of this year for 240 GB model.

Other popular SSDs have seen similar price declines over the last six months to one year making this a prime time to purchase SSD storage.

Source: TechReport



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RE: Whoa!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/22/2012 10:16:22 AM , Rating: 5
Once you go SSD, you never go back. It's the biggest performance boost you can give an aging system and well worth the cost.


RE: Whoa!
By troysavary on 6/22/2012 10:20:25 AM , Rating: 2
NCIX here in Canada had OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB drives on sale for around $80 as a Father's Day special. Made the decision a no-brainer. I've got 3 TB of mechanical storage already in my main PC, so I really didn't need a large SSD, just enough for OS and some games.


RE: Whoa!
By Solandri on 6/22/2012 6:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
Newegg had it for $80 plus a $10 rebate, dropping the price to $70. A 120GB SATA3 SSD which easily scores 500+ MB/s on both read and writes for $70. I picked one up the moment I saw it.

But the way prices are dropping, I'm having second thoughts and thinking I should've held out for a larger drive. I already have a slower 120 GB SSD which I intended to replace with the Vertex 3. But having a 200-250 GB SSD would free me from having to swap data files between it and the HDD for some of my work.


RE: Whoa!
By Kurz on 6/22/2012 10:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think I'll take the plunge when it hits $.50 a Gigabyte.

Only time I wish I had an SSD is during bootup.
Every thing else I can deal with.


RE: Whoa!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/22/2012 10:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Only time I wish I had an SSD is during bootup. Every thing else I can deal with.


You're only saying that because you don't have one yet. Once you do...trust me, you don't really realize what you're saying.


RE: Whoa!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/22/2012 10:33:12 AM , Rating: 5
Put two SSDs in my friends works machines; they are heavy into Autocad for civil engineering work. The difference was astounding in Autocad, and that's not even taking into account the faster boots and overall increased system performance.

As you said, once people get a taste, they will gorge themselves :)


RE: Whoa!
By Etern205 on 6/22/2012 4:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to see some videos of that because all the ones on YT are just booting up and there was another where they hooked up multiple SSD (I think it was 24) in raid 0, but that just silly as no one will hooked up that much SSDs.


RE: Whoa!
By Kurz on 6/22/2012 10:37:50 AM , Rating: 2
Oh I want one, I've seen what performance gains can be had.
ATM I just don't want to fork over the cash just yet.

Probably later this year when costs get pushed down further I'll pick one up. I am looking to get at least 256GB even 512GB if the deal is right. (I have a lot of Games and apps on my primary Parition that I use all pretty frequently.)


RE: Whoa!
By Lord 666 on 6/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: Whoa!
By Kurz on 6/23/2012 10:53:34 AM , Rating: 1
I have a Full Time Job.
I only treat myself about once a year.
Last year was a TV, Year before that was my PC.

Why spend money on something that only speeds up loading time? Its not like my PC is going to make me money.

I rather wait for prices to come down and save a bit of money. I don't make big bucks yet.


RE: Whoa!
By Lord 666 on 6/24/2012 9:34:45 AM , Rating: 2
Fair enough about your stage in career, but tell me how your TV is going to make you money. Other than xbl or movies, big waste of time.

All of my rigs have been instrumental for my incoming cash flow. All but one of the my families machines (6 in total and not including the four iOS devices) have been converted to ssd. Cost savings on electrical and time savings on rendering.


RE: Whoa!
By jtesoro on 6/25/2012 9:58:03 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe in his line of work his PC isn't where he makes his money. Different strokes for different folks.


RE: Whoa!
By geddarkstorm on 6/22/2012 2:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. I think people forget that it isn't just sustained, raw speed that matters, but also that SSDs have several orders of magnitude lower latency than HDDs. The difference in response times are palpable. Definitely biggest upgrade any machine can get.


RE: Whoa!
By paydirt on 6/22/2012 3:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
When I first installed an SSD on my home machine, I was astounded that even teh Internets were faster. Modern browsers check the hard drive to see if you already have an updated version of the website in cache. With SSDs, the delay is unnoticeable and pages load even faster.

<<<hooked


RE: Whoa!
By invidious on 6/22/2012 10:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
It is most noticable on boot up but the real difference is having all of your cache folders on the SSD, the system just flows so much better. The only cache that I reroute to a HDD is for archiving programs that are CPU limmited.


RE: Whoa!
By Starcub on 6/22/2012 4:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure I would do that, given the write cycle limitations of flash media.


RE: Whoa!
By Calin on 6/23/2012 2:35:05 AM , Rating: 2
The limitations are several years at 8GB per day writes. And after that, parts of the disk might become un-writable, but still readable. Much better than what the magnetic hard drives do (parts of it not writable and not readable, and trying to save the data usually makes all of it unreadable)


RE: Whoa!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/22/2012 10:24:06 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agree. It's also amazing for laptops that get stuck with slow ass HHD's for battery savings. I put one of my X-25's in an old laptop and the thing felt like a totally different beast.

The power savings are also considerable. I wonder if someone could calculate that over HDD's to see how much that brings the cost even closer, or maybe push it into the black?

I know for data centers and enterprise solutions, the power savings alone are starting to make SSD's a VERY compelling option.


RE: Whoa!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/22/2012 10:30:26 AM , Rating: 3
Also think of the cost savings versus taking it to the Geek Squad or getting a brand new machine. I know some people that take their machines to the Geek Squad when they get bogged down or just get a new machine after three or four years because the HDD makes churning noises and Word "Takes forever to load".

Pop in a $100 SSD and problem solved in most cases. That's way cheaper than a new computer or whatever obnoxious rates that Geek Squad charges.


RE: Whoa!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/22/2012 10:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
lol oh man, remember having to sit through "defrags"? UGH! No. Never again.

The constant churning sound, like you said, when trying to load a big program up haha. Man those were the days eh?

I remember Anandtech's big SSD review last year or so. When a Raptor HDD took 40 seconds to load three programs and the Intel SSD did it in like 13 seconds. That's all you need to know right there. Insane random reads ftw.


RE: Whoa!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/22/2012 10:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
You don't know churning until you've dealt with 5.25" Bigfoot hard drives from back in the day (mid to late 90s I think).


RE: Whoa!
By nick2000 on 6/22/2012 11:09:07 AM , Rating: 2
I preferred the chirping noise that they were doing as opposed to the noise of current HDDs.


RE: Whoa!
By DigitalFreak on 6/22/2012 12:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
I can one up you there. 9GB 5.25" full height SCSI drive from the early 90s. Sounded like a jet engine.


RE: Whoa!
By ainarm on 6/22/2012 3:40:26 PM , Rating: 2
Even more, how about the 20 meg MFM and RLL *hopefully I remember that right* drives that originally came out. Slow, hot, and loud.


RE: Whoa!
By Solandri on 6/22/2012 6:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
OMG does that bring back bad memories. For the younguns among us, you know how if you take four 2.5" drives and stack them 2x2 they're the exact size of a 3.5" drive? Well imagine taking six 3.5" drives and stacking them. That will get you a full height 5.25" HDD.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:5.25_inch_MFM_ha...


RE: Whoa!
By Complinitor on 6/28/2012 11:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
9" floppy. That is all.


RE: Whoa!
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/22/2012 11:48:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
lol oh man, remember having to sit through "defrags"? UGH! No. Never again.


Windows has automatic defrag while idling. It's been like that for a long time now.


RE: Whoa!
By Etsp on 6/22/2012 1:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think you see superfetch churning your HDD constantly and are thinking that it's defragmenting, but that's not what that is. Windows now defaults to running a defrag once a week, but superfetch is what runs when your system is idle (...or in Vista, not so idle...) and it's constantly reading from the hard drive.


RE: Whoa!
By semo on 6/22/2012 12:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
I've convinced a few friends and clients to upgrade and the the feedback has always been very positive. Low end Atom netbooks don't benefit as much as they are so CPU limited to begin with, but it is worth it for anything else (even dusty old P4 systems with SATA).


RE: Whoa!
By tdktank59 on 6/22/2012 6:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Got a new MBP 17" came with 4GB of ram and a 7200 750GB hard drive. Swapped the platter drive with the optical drive and put a 256GB Curcial M4 in as a boot drive and upgraded the ram to 16GB (cheaper than getting the 8GB upgrade through apple)

Man this computer rocks. (get over it I bought a MAC, I can afford it and I like my splat key) Takes 10-15 seconds to boot to desktop with my last apps running (Typcailly: Chrome, Skype, Adium, Pandora One). I have 2 virtual machines (both are placed on the SSD for booting purposes) They both boot in under 15 seconds to a usable desktop!

the SSD basically just FLAT OUT ROCKS!


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