Report: SSDs Rapidly Dropping in Price

We have been waiting for a reasonable mainstream affordability since then, but it appears that we are now able to seriously consider solid state storage for computers even for those on a budget.

Dealnews analyzed SSD prices and concluded that high-capacity SSDs are now matching smaller drives in a per-GB price. According to the publication, per GB prices of 256 GB drives plunged from $1.37 in January to currently $0.48, which closely matches the 64 GB SSD per-GB price of $0.47. Of course, that price is still a far cry from HDDs, which currently sell for $0.07 per GB on the street ($65 for a mainstream, 1 TB HDD).

HDD makers still consider the $65 price point as mainstream, but SSDs that sell for as low as $120 are not as much a luxury anymore as they once were. Their benefits especially in specialty hardware, such as ultrabooks, may outweigh their premium for many users. Even if SSDs are still much more expensive than capacity-comparable HDDs, there are drives that may be large and cheap enough for a lot of customers

 

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  • ramicio
    L0tusGreat news! But for a few microseconds off my loading times they're still not cheap enough =[


    You obviously have zero experience with SSDs.
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  • Anonymous
    way more than a few microseconds off loading times. The difference is significant
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  • waxdart
    Of course the price is dropping. I just bought one!
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  • L0tus
    Great news! But for a few microseconds off my loading times they're still not cheap enough =[
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  • Anonymous
    way more than a few microseconds off loading times. The difference is significant
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  • ramicio
    Where is a 3.5" form factor? The server world still hasn't made 2.5" mainstream because 2.5" drives are for laptops. A 2.5" drive in a 3.5" bay is just a waste of space.
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