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Study: Average SSD prices almost halved over last 12 months

updated 02:25 pm EDT, Fri June 22, 2012

Some prices down as much as 65 percent

Solid state drive prices have fallen by as much as 65 percent in the last 12 months, according to data. Research by The Tech Report finds that, in contrast to flooding in Thailand affecting standard hard drive production and causing price hikes, the price of SSDs is continuing to drop, with an average price drop of 46 percent -- almost half -- compared to the same point last year.

Graphs for the period show a hefty price drop for most models from April onwards, when a rumored price war between Kingston, Intel, OCZ, and Crucial seems to have taken place. The Intel 520 series -- which replaced the 510 series -- saw the largest drop, losing $200 in the space of a month.

According to current figures, many drives are close to the $1 per gigabyte barrier. Crucial, Corsair and OCZ populate the under-$1 table, with the Intel 320 Series 40GB on the other end, priced at $2.31 per gigabyte.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery life?

    Does switching to SSD have any benefits in increasing battery life?

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good. keep going...

    Half again, and I'll consider it cheap enough to buy.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Back in the old days...

    We used to wait for the price to come down to less than $1.00 per megabyte. They hadn't invented shoes then so we had to walk to school in the snow, over broken glass, in our bare feet.

    (Ghaawww. Lucky, lucky, lucky! We used to dream of having feet!)

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Next Year will be SSD's year

    If the prices keep dropping, by next year, Apple will stop offering standard hard drives in any of their products and switch entirely to SSD drives. They'll also remove the DVD and merge the MacBook Air and Pro lines. The only thing preventing it this year is the high price of SSDs.

  1. facebook_Collin

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    640 K ought to be enough for anybody! We didn't have any himem and we liked it like that!

  1. chas_m



    Call me

    when SSDs get SOMEWHERE in the neighbourhood of HD prices. You can get a 1TB drive for under $100. That's ten cents a meg. The current cheapest SSD around is NINE TIMES more expensive.

    You certainly do get some advantages from SSD, so I'm quite prepared to pay a little more for it. Maybe 25 cents a meg, that seems fair to me. Let me know when we get to that point -- there's nothing inherent in SSDs that make them so pricey.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Battery life

    (Can't reply to subthreads cause of broken javascript) Thanks, that was enlightening! And counterintuitive.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More than $/GB

    The more important part of SSDs are that they're reaching the point where the "comfort" size range is cheap enough to make them acceptable.

    That is, a lot of non-power-users never need more than ~200GB of space (honestly, I see a lot of users who never even fill 100GB). That was prohibitively expensive with SSDs before. But now that SSDs are cheaper, and with HD prices so comparatively high recently, it's around the point where there's not much point for a lot of people in even bothering with HDs. If they need bulk storage later, they can always get an external then.

    I'm not saying I'm putting all my data on an SSD--I have several TB of media on my home server, and honestly no need for anything above what HDs can supply, so it all comes down to reliability, power, and $/GB for me.

    But if you're not a heavy media jockey--a few pics from your phone, some basic downloading, maybe Word--the difference between 100GB and 1TB is nonexistent--you're not going to fill EITHER up in the foreseeable future now that you're streaming most of your media anyway.

    That's the important thing, and it's part of the reason 16GB iPads have been just fine, as well.

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