how low will ssd prices go ?

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it seems to me that prices keep falling on ssds every time i check. the Intel 510 128 gb is now 170 and so is the Samsung 830 128. how much lower will these go through out 1/2q 2012 realistically? been looking to upgrade after i used a ssd on my friends machine but no impending need. just real tempting right now!
 

rsutoratosu

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it seems to me that prices keep falling on ssds every time i check. the Intel 510 128 gb is now 170 and so is the Samsung 830 128. how much lower will these go through out 1/2q 2012 realistically? been looking to upgrade after i used a ssd on my friends machine but no impending need. just real tempting right now!


I see 60gb slowly phasing out, they're kinda useless, so i say it'll hit like 50-60, like $/gb. 128 @ 99 bucks deals coming. 240/256 will be something around 275-300. I dont think it'll go down that much, because they'll keep the price the same but make it faster.
 

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I see 60gb slowly phasing out, they're kinda useless, so i say it'll hit like 50-60, like $/gb. 128 @ 99 bucks deals coming. 240/256 will be something around 275-300. I dont think it'll go down that much, because they'll keep the price the same but make it faster.

i already see the $1 per gigabyte deals, but those are mostly on unproven or shady sandforce drives, something i am really not interested in buying. I've seen a 128 crucial m4 for $150 as well but didn't get a chance to bite.
 

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you have to keep in mind that mfgrs will rarely tell you.. "we're going to make that product EOL shorty after we release our new models" for fear of losing that last bit of sales volume.

In the next 2 to 6 months there will be no less than 3 new controllers and umpteen drives from all the various mfgrs based on them, as a result.

So, what you are seeing is simply the natural progression of competition and price drops to clean out stock for newer models to arrive.
 

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Eventually, they'll probably primarily replace HDDs...though how long that takes is going to be dependent on several factors (drive life, whether they can make an efficient controller to handle that much data, etc). When that happens, the prices will drop much like HDDs have dropped (excepting the flood). I mean, in 1997 a 6GB HDD cost me about $200...now that's 3TB territory, a 500 fold decrease in price per gigabyte. They won't reach parity with HDD costs for some time, but I would not be surprised at all to see 256GB drives at the $100 mark within 3 years.

I mean, look at it now...we're paying about $1.25/GB on average for non-cutting edge drives, and about $1.60/GB for the newest tech, while less than 2 years ago, SSDs were around $3.00/GB.

I was lucky to get my M4 for $150...gone back up $20 now, but still not too bad.