SSD Prices

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  1. RealityRipple

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    Since SSDs are such an interesting economical phenomenon (being a cubed version of Moore's law incarnate), I thought I'd start tracking the prices as we reach the turning point. For the last few years, Solid State has been an emerging technology, with cost far outweighing value. When I bought my first SSD, it was used, and I got it for $1 per GB, at $80 for an 80. About 6 months later, that was the average new price. Now, a 120 GB is about that price, and by Black Friday 2013, we might even get 180s at that price, if we're lucky.

    Today, I've gone through Newegg and chosen the cheapest of "good speed" drives. I'll continue to do this on the first Friday of every month for some indeterminate amount of months (or years), and by the end we should have a good picture of where SSD is going, if nothing else comes out to replace it in 2015.

    Size Tier - September 2013 - October 2013 - November 2013 - December 2013
    120 GB - -- - $90 (75c/GB) -- $80 (67c/GB) -- $80 (63c/GB) - - $85 (71c/GB)
    240 GB - - - $165 (68c/GB) - $160 (67c/GB) - $155 (64c/GB) - $145 (60c/GB)
    360 GB - - - $280 (78c/GB) - $290 (81c/GB) - $290 (81c/GB) - $280 (77c/GB)
    480 GB - - - $320 (67c/GB) - $320 (67c/GB) - $310 (65c/GB) - $280 (58c/GB)
    960 GB - - - $600 (63c/GB) - $550 (57c/GB) - $520 (54c/GB) - $530 (55c/GB)

    Size Tier - January 2014 - February 2014 - - March 2014 - - - April 2014 - - - - May 2014 - - - June 2014
    120 GB - -- $90 (75c/GB) - - $75 (63c/GB) - - $75 (63c/GB) - - $65 (54c/GB) - - $60 (50c/GB) - - $60 (50c/GB)
    240 GB -- $130 (54c/GB) - $130 (54c/GB) - $125 (52c/GB) - $110 (46c/GB) - $105 (44c/GB) - $105 (44c/GB)
    360 GB -- $300 (83c/GB) - $280 (77c/GB) - $265 (73c/GB) - $300 (83c/GB) - $255 (71c/GB) - $280 (77c/GB)
    480 GB -- $305 (64c/GB) - $270 (56c/GB) - $250 (52c/GB) - $240 (50c/GB) - $230 (48c/GB) - $220 (46c/GB)
    960 GB -- $530 (55c/GB) - $470 (49c/GB) - $460 (48c/GB) - $475 (49c/GB) - $460 (48c/GB) - $450 (47c/GB)

    Size Tier - July 2014 - - - - August 2014 - - September 2014
    120 GB - - $55 (46c/GB) - - $60 (50c/GB) - - $60 (50c/GB)
    240 GB - $100 (42c/GB) - $100 (42c/GB) - $100 (42c/GB)
    360 GB - $280 (77c/GB) - $320 (89c/GB) - $255 (71c/GB)
    480 GB - $200 (42c/GB) - $200 (42c/GB) - $180 (38c/GB)
    960 GB - $440 (45c/GB) - $470 (49c/GB) - $430 (48c/GB)
     
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  2. mkk

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    It's great that the sweetspot has risen to around 240GB, and that even a system on a budget no longer has to consider models with much less than 120GB. Those who have waited all this time to get their first SSD are certainly getting value for their money.
     
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    It has been said that you should only put the operating system and your commonly used applications on the SSD. Games, documents, pictures, music and other files, should go on a seconday drive.

    I have a 120GB SSD and got 80GB free space. I prob wont fill it up.

    Yeah, if that 240GB goes down to $99, ill be over it.
     
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    majority of the users out there rarely use let alone exceed 100GB of total drive space.... even after years and years of use.

    The few that do actually build elaborate libraries of music or movies are the ones that start eating it up fast and need a secondary drive.

    Personally I've been installing 120gb and 240gb Samsung 840 drives in new laptops and desktops as my primary build style. I was using 500gb and 750gb Seagate momentus and still provide the option for the 1tb Hybrid Seagate drive if capacity is a requirement for laptops. but standard drives are really going away with ssd's taking the lead as a primary drive for everything. starting about a year ago now, standard HDs have become the Storage only drive.
     
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    This year bodes well for the 240 GB SSD, but it looks like the 360 is being absorbed by the 480 market. Prices for most sizes are up after the holidays, but we've got another year of improvements to follow now!
     
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    They're still to expensive for my taste. I really don't think the difference in speed compared to a normal drive makes up for the higher price, not quite yet. At least not for my usage.
     
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    if capacity is an issue... yes they are expensive.


    but at least here.. the 120gb's are still only as expensive as you "decent" quality standard hardrive in the 1TB range...


    So unless you need the capacity.... the ssd still look like a better deal and the performance difference is quite noticeable, better yet in a laptop, the drive can take a shit ton more abuse.
     
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    That's why I buy them used/refurbished. The "it runs out of writes" problem is extremely overblown, and the prices are much more reasonable. I got my 240 GB boot drive for under $100, and before that I had an 80 GB that I got for $80 (two years ago when 80GBs were closer to $160) which I put in my dad's old Dell. It still works the same as the day I got it after over 20 TB of writes from two prior users. SSDs are way more reliable than any platter I've ever used. That's what the real benefit is, even if the speed is nice.
     
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    Interesting change this month, the 480s are now much cheaper than the 360s!
     
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    Yeah i also saw SSD price drop. That's good but still not for my budget. Unfortunately I will have to wait a bit more to buy one. I would be satisfied with 80gb's for the system partition.
     
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    You might want a bit more... 80 was feeling cramped to me, so I waited for a good deal on a 240 and it's been much more accommodating with application and game installations which I was putting on platters or negotiating between. Not to mention the 240s are consistently the best (and best dropping) price per GB available.
     
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    So true - so much so that this year we're pushing hard to get an SSD config available for all machines sold at the university no matter the processor type. Prices have finally gotten to where this should be doable in even a $600 machine and should increase reliability a lot.
     
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    Just remember to stick with the 240s to get the best bang for your buck.
     
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    Granted you may not be able to take full advantage of a fast SSD..


    but having stuck a 120gb SSD in a single core Atom based netbook that is pushing 5+ years of age.... That sucker loads windows 8.1 pretty much instantly as well as flies along very well.... Specially considering that lack of ram it has and how much better it is although of course eating at the lifespan of a SSD... for the swapfile to be substantially faster.
     
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    A nice drop across the board this month, with even 360s on their way falling in line with other capacities. As usual, 240s lead the value market with a 44c/GB, with both 480 and 960s at a 48c/GB tie. I didn't expect price drops to be quite this regular. F$┬ęk yeah Moore's Law!
     
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    shame you still pay about $1.50 per GB here in NZ
     
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    I've been running a 60GB for about 2 years. Complemented by two ancient 7200 spinners. Total storage space = 210gb. Around Xmas I'll probably go for a new 120 boot SSD and use my current 60gb as extra storage. Consign the spinners to history.

    I think an SSD is a must have nowadays. Only thing I am thinking is whether a PCIe drive may have benefits over a SATA3.
     
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    The 360 GB drives are nearly completely phased out, and the only one left is far too expensive for its value, but the 240 and 480 prices have stayed still this month. In fact, most prices seem to have leveled out for now at just under 50 cents per Gigabyte. Since this now completes a yearly cycle in which we've seen about a 1/3 reduction in cost, I'd say we might get down to 30 cents or less per GB by this time next year, which means a nice 480 GB may only be about $140, and the popular 120s might be as little as $35! With that kind of cost reduction, I'd expect to start seeing SSD boot drives in name-brand computers as standard pretty soon, which should drive the price down even further.
     
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    The prices of SSDs are dropping fast.
    IMO next year around this time, unless a catastrophe happens, SSDs will be very close to mechanical drives for price per GB. Two years from now, at least equal.
    With reliability (for most) SSDs going up and prices going down, I have to admit that even now, it makes sense to buy a 256+ SSD for all purposes apart from storing huge amount of data.
     
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    soon as i'm able to move both of my 250GB Samsung 840 pros .... get them sold and such..... i'll be waiting for the first SATA Express SSDs to arrive that use the pci-ex 3.0 lanes for 1950MB/s read/write capabilities.

    but I don't expect that to be something until much much later.... I think i'll be jumping on the broadwell-E by then
     

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