SSDs Become More Attractive as Cost per Gigabyte Continues to Decrease
June 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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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
. 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.
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6/22/2012 10:32:29 AM
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.
6/22/2012 4:13:48 PM
Not sure I would do that, given the write cycle limitations of flash media.
6/23/2012 2:35:05 AM
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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