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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 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 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.

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
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.

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