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SSD Prices Continue to Trend Downward

By - Source: The TechReport | B 46 comments

As hard drive prices remain high since the Thailand floods of 2011, the SSD prices have taken a different trend, a much appreciated downward trend in prices.

The guys at The TechReport worked with Camelegg, which tracks prices at Newegg and other sites, to compile data of SSD prices over the past 16 months. They reviewed many of the popular SSDs to see how the market trend was on with regards to $/GB, which has been a popular discussion point with SSD users. As SSD users, we are looking for the $/GB prices to drop and reach that so called "magical" less than a $1/GB that many feel makes it worth while to purchase. 

Taking a look at the data compiled for the popular Crucial m4, across all models, we see the drive has seen a downward trend of roughly 57-64% from its peak in 2011. This a cut of roughly 1/2 the cost of its original price. This is a dramatic drop in price over this period of time for any product in the market. 

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Taking look at the data compiled for one of our favorites, Samsung 830, across all models, we see the drive has seen a downward trend of roughly 30% from its release in late 2011. This drive continues to drop in price, along with all the other SSDs in the market.   

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Here is the chart of each of the SSDs reviewed by the TechReport guys based on Cost per Gigabyte over the past seven days.

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Lets hope this trend continues to the point where even larger capacity drives become reasonably affordable.

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    bigdragon , June 25, 2012 7:08 PM
    I really like the downward movement in SSD prices. The high cost of HDDs made me opt for RAID0 Agility 3 SSDs in my most recent build. Pairing that with a Sandy Bridge E CPU has made it the fastest computer I've ever owned. 6 months of solid operation, although the Intel drivers are buggy. I want to see SSD prices continue to slide and capacity continue to increase. It's time we sent traditional HDDs the way of magnetic tapes and punch cards. Their time is up!
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    eddieroolz , June 25, 2012 7:09 PM
    SSD prices have shifted in front of my eyes, literally. I bought a 128GB Crucial m4 almost two months ago and last month, I see it advertised for $20 lower.
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    amuffin , June 25, 2012 7:14 PM
    OCZ Petrol 128GB
    $75 After Rebate
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0381969
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    redgarl , June 25, 2012 7:30 PM
    OCZ Vertex 4 128GB for 120$
    OCZ Vertex 3 120GB for 80$ with MIR
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    voodoobunny , June 25, 2012 7:42 PM
    amuffinOCZ Petrol 128GB$75 After Rebatehttp://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0381969

    Yeah, but check the reviews on it :( 
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    Anonymous , June 25, 2012 7:45 PM
    Sandisk Extreme 480GB for $379 at MicroCenter on 23 June. No rebates. Now sold out.
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    willard , June 25, 2012 7:49 PM
    The Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB is currently $92.99 on Newegg. 77 cents per GB. Good drive, too.
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    superp , June 25, 2012 7:50 PM
    does this they gonna roll out much larger drives soon?
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    cmcghee358 , June 25, 2012 7:54 PM
    I snagged a Samsung 830 128GB MLC SATA III drive for 89.99!
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    thecolorblue , June 25, 2012 8:15 PM
    nice to see prices come down though it it isn't really sane to compare SSDs to HDDs (at least for those of us with terabytes of data).
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    goodguy713 , June 25, 2012 8:20 PM
    yea i know raid arrays are looking a lot more affordable and these things scale like beasts .. at least the ones im interested in .. something like a patriot wildfire which apparently really has not gone down in price .. but dose really well with raid.. once the 120s get down to 150 or so ill buy a few more 4 of these drives in raid 0 would be killer..
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    warmon6 , June 25, 2012 8:26 PM
    wasabiman321Haha I beat out all of these, I got a 180 gb Intel 330 SSD for 77 cents per gb, Beast deal EVER


    I can beat that even!

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/278784-32-samsung-contest-winners#t1902505

    Ok ok..... I didn't technically buy it....... but free does beat any deal.
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    bildo123 , June 25, 2012 8:32 PM
    Recently had an advert from buy dot com: 512GB Crucial M4 for 350. 68 cents a gig. Can't beat that.
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    fb39ca4 , June 25, 2012 8:36 PM
    Im waiting for 69 cents/gb :p 
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    zetzabre , June 25, 2012 9:06 PM
    Good, come talk to me when you can give me 1tb for $100
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    flyordie , June 25, 2012 9:29 PM
    samsung 830 series 256GB for the win
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    back_by_demand , June 25, 2012 9:35 PM
    There's a lot of negativity in here, could there be an employee of Seagate Maxtor in here?
    ...
    One word of advice Mr Maxtor - Sandbags
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    syrious1 , June 25, 2012 10:12 PM
    ocz vertex 4 128GB - $79.99 on sale from newegg!
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    drwho1 , June 25, 2012 10:20 PM
    Crucial M4 CT512M4SSD1 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $340 or about .67 cents per GB .... on Newegg
    they are getting closer to earth prices.
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