Expect more PCIe solid state drives and cheaper TLC-based units next year

By on December 17, 2013, 11:45 AM

PCI Express solid state drives are expected to become the storage option of choice for high-end systems next year according to market research firm TrendForce. The company’s DRAMeXchange division also believes we will see more three-bit TLC flash-based drives hit the market, although these will likely be limited to lower-end offerings due to their limited endurance.

PCIe offers a significant speed advantage over traditional SATA controllers but thus far, we haven’t seen very many SSDs take advantage of it save for a handful of OCZ PCIe solutions over the past few years.

As The Tech Report correctly points out, Windows 8.1 already offers native support for NVM Express, an interface designed specifically for PCIe SSDs. What’s more, Intel’s Broadwell platform is also expected to support the standard which could help accelerate adoption of PCIe SSDs.

Given the fact that Broadwell is probably still close to a year away, however, it might be some time before we see PCIe SSDs become the norm. Either way, I for one am looking forward to some faster storage solutions as I eyeball my next hardware upgrade.

On the three-bit TLC front, the company highlights the fact that Samsung’s 840 EVO has inspired multiple drive makers to create similar products for release next year. TLC was supposed to deliver lower prices to the consumer but unfortunately, that really hasn’t happened on the scale that most expected.

For example, the 840 EVO can be had for $165 for 250GB and $570 for 1TB but some MLC drives can be found for around the same price or even cheaper.




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1 person liked this | Cycloid Torus Cycloid Torus said:

I remember how neat it was to install a 2 MB RAM expansion card (16 bit ISA) on my '286. Cost about the same as this ($600-$700) - of course that was in 1986 dollars.

I've been thinking about SSD, but my wish would be for a 64GB RAM Drive - long way from 2MB.

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Can it automatically migrate data from perfocards? If yes, it might be time for an upgrade...

JC713 JC713 said:

Too bad RAM price trends are going in the completely opposite direction.

Blue Falcon said:

JC713,

But RAM is still cheap. 16GB is only $130-140 for DDR3-1866 or DDR3-2133. I bought my SSD at of $0.50 per GB in 2012. Fast forward more than 1 year and I cannot really get a fast SSD for less than this. You would think the prices of flash memory would drop 40-50% every 12 months or you could buy 40-50% more capacity for the same price and it isn't happening. By next year, we should be able to buy a 250GB SSD for $100 and 512GB for $200.

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