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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 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
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 me, you don't really realize what you're saying.

RE: Whoa!
By Brandon Hill 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.


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)

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