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 10:45:55 PM
I think your assumption is SSD's will replace all storage and I don't think SSD's are ever going to replace HDD's for mass storage purposes. There's a limit to how small the NAND flash can be with regards to p/e cycles. I don't think we could get a 2TB ssd unless it's at 14nm (or smaller) and at that size I think we would be talking about ~100 p/e cycles... which may make it useless (like a less than 1 year lifespan/warranty useless). Perhaps we may somehow see a 3.5" SSD with that kind of storage but it would be way too expensive for consumer adoption. There are large PCI-e SSD's now that are made for enterprise use but they are $1000 or more.
Point is mechanical storage isn't completely going away unless something new comes along and SSD's are at a great cost/GB vs performance increase now so it's a good time to jump in.
6/23/2012 11:10:41 PM
If 2-D storage was the only possible Solid state devices, I would agree with you.
However, prototype 3-D transistor are already slated to be introduced within a year or two. Beyond that, IBM and Intel are both working on Laser-on-Silicon technology (Lightpeak, aka Thunderbolt) and Holographic storage will offer incredible cubic density.
For reference Google Holographic Disk storage, they came out several years ago, (before, Blue-ray, I think) Back in 2007 HVD standardized 200GB, 10cm Disks, and planned the same same @ 5TB! Compare that to 9.6 GB for DVD or 50GB for current Blueray!
I think the problem with HVD is cost. Maybe something to do with Sony blueray vs. HDDVD. but nothing has ever been released according to the wiki, when I looked at Burners they were like $10k and reader drives were still $3.5k.
6/23/2012 11:14:02 PM
And those drives used standard red lasers and green lasers, with increased density from Blue lasers or maybe UV lasers, a storage system like Star Trek Next Gen is not unfathomable.
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