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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6/23/2012 8:42:24 AM
I'm not sure exactly how links to Newegg help settle this debate.
It's important to remember when you talk about that performance "hit", we're talking in the tenths of milliseconds here. To something already amazingly fast compared to any HDD's. It's like saying a jet going Mach 3 is suffering a "hit" of two miles per hour if you make a certain change to the aerodynamics.
Yes the 480gb does suffer with some write performance tests. But for random read performance it has, I consider that a small tradeoff. It's not like you would actually notice that difference using it. Intel traditionally uses controllers biased toward reliability in exchange for some speed. We all know this and accept it, and I believe this is the right thing to do. Intel SSD's have industry leading reliability with less than a 1% failure rate.
The 520 480gb is an enterprise drive. I wouldn't worry too much about using two $700+ SSD's in a desktop RAID if I were you lol. Besides, if you raid SSD's together they can't use TRIM. Which, at least in my opinion, is a complete deal breaker. Especially with drives this expensive.
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