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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge 347

Lucas123 writes "After dropping 20% in the second quarter of 2012 alone, SSD prices fell another 10% in the second half of the year. The better deals for SSDs are now around 80- to 90-cents-per-gigabyte of capacity, though some sale prices have been even lower, according IHS and other research firms. For some models, the prices have dropped 300% over the past three years. At the same time, hard disk drive prices have remained "inflated" — about 47% higher than they were prior to the 2011 Thai floods, according to DRAMeXchange."
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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

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  • by smooth wombat ( 796938 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @12:08PM (#42326203) Journal

    of the extra fee or increase in prices that companies such as FedEx imposed when gas prices were around $4. They claimed it was in response to the increase in fuel prices.

    Now that prices have fallen by 50-70 cents, I don't see those fees being revoked.

    Same thing with hard drive prices. Initially, with limited supply, a price increase was justified. Now that production is back to normal, I don't see the prices coming down.

    • I'm guessing you just haven't looked? before floods I bought 3TB for $130, right after flood 3TB was $200, now 3TB $120.

  • Look, I know there's some exceptions, but for the most part when a product is made by more than one company, the price is slowly lowered as they try to outsell each other.
  • by vincefn ( 705639 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @12:18PM (#42326325) Homepage
    For some models, the prices have dropped 300% over the past three years

    Great, so this means that in 2012, to get some SSD disk you will be paid twice the price you would have paid to get them in 2009 ?

    Sounds interesting, just the kind of storage I need for my perpetual motion simulations !
    • Yeah. I wish that abuse of English would die a painful, horrible death. It might mean something to someone, but it doesn't mean anything to someone who thrives on math or logic.

    • by na1led ( 1030470 )
      It must be a typo, must meant 30%.
      • by llZENll ( 545605 )

        No he meant 300%, the writer admitted it was an error in the comments and said he should have wrote dropped by 2/3rds or 66%. The drop from $3/GB to $1/GB is where he got the "300%" from.

  • by Synerg1y ( 2169962 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @12:31PM (#42326453)
    Let's think about who the primary user affected by this is: the computer builder / tinkerer. There's ssds that come as a feature on higher end laptops / desktops and I'm sure those are affected by the price drop too, but the OEM will probably pocket those profits.

    So, yes SSD space is more expensive than even inflated disk drives, but the performance difference is significant in the 4-5x range. Most people that this applies to probably already know this, but what you do is buy an SSD that fits all your mission critical games / apps (those game take up A LOT of space very quickly and are a major decision when deciding how big of an ssd you need) and everything else: data, movies, music goes on a spinning disk, preferably encrypted. You can install your apps / games on the disk drive, but you're kind of missing the main performance boost for those things. So buy a bit more than you need to future proof it and couple it with a spinning disk to actually store data. Doing it this way makes buying an ssd make a lot more sense.

    Cpt. obvious strikes again, but reading some of the discussion, maybe not for everyone.
  • by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @12:32PM (#42326469)

    though some sale prices have been even lower

    You don't say!

    the prices have dropped 300%

    They can't even give them away!

  • by jlv ( 5619 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @12:39PM (#42326537)

    "The better deals for SSDs are now around 80- to 90-cents-per-gigabyte of capacity"? Where's this guy been?

    The better deals for SSDs are now close to 50 cents a gigabyte. Two months ago I picked up four 128GB Samsung 830s for $70 each. This past month I've seen a PNY 120GB for $70, an Intel 160GB for $90, and the 128GB Samsung for $70 again. Better deals on larger SSDs (over 200GB) are now 70 cents and less - Newegg just had the a 500GB Samsung 840 for $330 (66 cents/GB).

    • And I just installed a 256GB OCZ in my Macbook Pro, cost $130 after a $30 rebate. What a difference! I lose out about 64 GB over the stock HD, but totally worth it. And I got an external case for the old drive for less than $8 that works perfectly. Big fan of SSDs here.
    • by Hatta ( 162192 )

      Let me know when I can get a 32GB SSD for $20 or less.

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