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Gartner: SSDs will reach mainstream prices in 2012

By Matthew · 25 replies
May 11, 2011
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  1. According to a report by PCWorld, Gartner believes solid-state drives will finally reach mainstream pricing next year -- a proposition that has taunted hardware buffs for eons. The research outfit…

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  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    I might go in for a small one as a boot drive for the ~$1/gig price mark, but I would like to see more like ~ $0.60 per gig.
    But Intels new SSD drive built into mobo might make small SSD boot drives a moot point.
  3. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    Even like that it will cost me $1000 to replace my $50 1TB boot drive thats capable off ~85MBps r/w whit 100MBps peeks and i know i know, what about the seek times? well boo who, but at least that "browse" button on installers will stop being useless for me and let me have a dedicated SSD for games :)
  4. BS.........SDD prices are no where near HDD prices. That's fine new tech costs more, but we've been hearing the price drop BS for over a year now. Try, like, 3 years from now.
  5. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    I got lucky with a good Newegg sale, and some kind of weird customer loyalty discount, and ended up picking up a 90 GB Vertex 2 for about $90. And while the quick boot up times are really nice, most of the time I put my system to sleep, which is practically instantaneous anyway.

    Due to the small size I keep my Steam folder on a Raptor, which is nice, but kinda defeats the purpose of the faster loading times.

    The main gripe I have is that I *hate* moving stuff around from drive to drive in order to free up space.
    I figure that I'd need about 500 GB in order to really have the experience that I would want, but even at $1 per GB the price for that would be prohibitive.

    I guess we can just hope that the Intel tech that TorturedChaos mentioned will mature enough to the point where the intelligent cache will overcome that. But in my experience you will still need a pretty large cache, the Momentus XT drive was great on my backup computer where I run a few programs, but did not give me great performance on my primary computer. I would say 30 cents per GB would get me buying more.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    $0.75 per gigabyte
  8. I want a 100gb SSD for $35. I'd be happy to pull the trigger at that price.
  9. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Gartner obviously has a twisted definition of "mainstream" .
  10. no more of $0.50 per GB.
  11. Valimere

    Valimere TS Rookie

    I'll have to go against the grain of comments here and say that I think $1 per gigabyte would be breaking into the mainstream market. SSD's aren't meant to replace normal HDD. Their meant for speed! I?m a bit of an Enthusiast, so I pulled the trigger on a vertex 3 256 GB ver, but I only spent so much because, I don?t want my HDD to be the bottleneck anymore, and have plenty of room for most of the stuff I use. But if they can bring that price down to $1 per GB with say half the speed? That would mean they more than halved the price, with 5x-10x speed performance of normal HDD, I think there would be a nice surge in SSD sales.
  12. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    SSD is the only way to build a business PC. Nothing is more valuable than time.
  13. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Maybe upper mainstream but still 2012 seems too soon for that to happen. With mechanical hard disks heading for the 4-5 TB capacities, SSDs seem destined to work in tandem with HDDs rather than replace them completely in PCs.
  14. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 221   +36

    10 cents a gig. This means waiting for Black Friday or Boxing Day(Canada). Or even online. I have never owned an SSD drive so I can't miss what I never had. Leave my computer on most of the time as well.

    The other thing you have to consider if what if the device fails? We all know you can buy multiple sata hard drives for the price of one SSD.
  15. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    Not sure when I'll bite the bullet and get an SSD drive... I mean I've experienced ones performance first hand so it's always in the back of my mind.

    Drive size is not particularly a concern since it's not that hard to default your download and documents folder to a secondary drive (which I would do anyways), though out of stubborness/legacy thinking I'd want minimally a 120/128GB drive. Those are around $200-$250, and even this time next year I honestly I'd be surprised to see a $50 price drop for that size drive.
  16. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    Honestly, anything at the $1 per gigabyte and lower could easily fit into the mainstream. It will only move down in pricing as NAND production is advanced and demand pushes the products along. I know enthusiasts like to pipe up about wanting large storage for cheap, but it's the mainstream consumer mobile markets that will really push the SSD demand (as it already has been). Desktops will always have the HDD option for mass storage (which i can't see disappearing anytime soon), but mobile computing devices are really one of the only platforms that "need" that SSD power efficiency and mechanical stability. The thing is, they also need large enough capacity to keep the consumer from getting frustrated with always having to carefully manage their resources. Current larger capacity drives tend to be cost prohibitive, and that's where the hardest push for mainstream pricing will occur. Then those of us who want an SSD for desktops will reap the rewards :)
  17. Hank10156

    Hank10156 TS Rookie

    Seriously, they play marketing games with this hard drive media just like Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and everything else. They could sell these SSD's for ten cents per Gig right now but they choose to let the marketing teams control everything. And boy have they got all of you "CONSUMERS" on the hook line and sinker....I run a powerful system set up within my budget.. Let all of you grit your teeth trying to keep up with the Joneses!.....Hmmmmmmmmmm?
  18. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    I'm sure we would all love to see a detailed cost analysis of component pricing, manufacturing and packaging overhead that justifies that statement... Since, it seems, you have insider information about true costs that nobody else on the planet is privy to.
  19. $1 per 1 gig will mark a sea-change moment for the transition towards sdds - its only a matter price right now - ssd is clearly the better option if you can afford it..... So when prices do reach the dollar or less per gig point you will really start to see mainstream adoption of ssd, not only in tablet/mobile devices but in desktop/server applications.
  20. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,238   +1,438

    SSD prices will get better obviously, but equal to spinners by next year?
    Have you seen the latest ones hitting 500mbps with SATA6?

    So no, I don't agree with the authors opinion.
  21. Ok I guess I am the old guy here and will pull out the (when I was just getting into computer story)
    but after going to comdex for the first time in Vagus I picked up a huge 80md hard drive for the great price (it was at that time) of only 240.00....I remember think I now have all the room I will need for a long time.
    So just my 2 cents is 1.00 a GB will get me to spend my money
  22. alot of different comments whoever thinks what...but really if you only knew that making one 500gb ssd is just not more than $20..sells for 500-1000usd.....thats a f888in buisness...openup your eyes dont get into it cos its like a drug once you do it your in it, your (his)
  23. I wonder what the prices of mechanical hard disks would be like next year. In south africa we pay too much for old technology. The cheapest 2tb external hdd is around $120. Can only imagine what a basic 80gb ssd would set me back.
  24. .25 cents per gb or i will not buy...

    We are always going to need more storage...the market is moving away from portable media such as dvd's and cd's and companies such as Steam and google music/youtube/Netflix/Itunes are the future, and we are going to need GB's to store those files. Look at Alienwares new m11x series of laptops they do not even come with cd drives! SSD's will have to come down big time to keep up, and I do not think that will happen. My guess is cheaper 1TB 10,000 rpm 32 mb+ catch HD's will come out as standard and ppl will Raid 0 them as a normal practice and be absolutely fine with the speeds. SSD manufactures need to do something to make there drives operate in colder temperatures too, I dont want to turn up the heat in my office one hour before I can boot up my pc..
  25. A HDD is more likely to fail than an SSD drive, because there are moving parts in a HDD. A typical MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of a HDD is about 500,000 hours, operating in an optimal environment. A typical MTBF of an SSD drive is about 2,000,000 hours, operating in an optimal environment. So, in theory, you will buy 4 HDDs for every 1 SSD drive.

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