Samsung led the SSD market by a wide margin in Q2 2021

Shawn Knight

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The big picture: Solid-state drive shipments were mostly flat in the second quarter of 2021 as the component shortage lingers. SSD shipments significantly outpaced those of traditional spinning hard drives, highlighting the importance of performance over sheer capacity. Samsung led the way there with about a quarter of all SSDs sold.

According to data from Trendfocus (via StorageNewsletter), the SSD market as a whole shipped 99.596 million units during the three-month period ending June 30, 2021. For comparison, shipments totaled 99.438 million units in the first quarter.

Collectively, 68.630EB of SSD storage capacity shipped last quarter.

Samsung led the way with 24.4 percent of all shipments followed by Western Digital at 18.8 percent and Kioxia (Toshiba) with 12.6 percent.

Breaking it down further, we see that client SSDs were responsible for the majority of shipments with 86.86 million units. A full 5.79 million enterprise SATA drives shipped during the quarter as well, alongside 1.1 million SAS SSDs and 5.84 million enterprise PCIe drives.

Client SSD shipments correlate with PC shipment data recently shared by IDC, which noted that 83.614 million PCs shipped during the second quarter. Lenovo, HP and Dell led the way, in that order, with shipments of 20.005 million, 18.594 million and 13.976 million PCs, respectively.

In its hard drive report last week, Trendfocus revealed that 67.37 million units had shipped in the second quarter. That’s not nearly as many individual drives when compared to SSDs, but HDDs far outweigh SSDs in terms of sheer storage capacity at 349.52 exabytes.

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QuantumPhysics

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I am very thankful to Samsung, Intel and Crucial (Micron) for affording us high capacity, competitive cost SSD.

I love my Samsung 8TB QVO and hopefully I can upgrade to something even better within the next 3 years.
 

NeoMorpheus

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Samsung is really outdoing themselves in almost all fronts.

If only they allowed their phones bootloaders to be opened by users, if they desired, I would get one.
 
I am very thankful to Samsung, Intel and Crucial (Micron) for affording us high capacity, competitive cost SSD.

I love my Samsung 8TB QVO and hopefully I can upgrade to something even better within the next 3 years.
Oh **** I almost forgot you had that SSD, it's been almost 30 minutes since you last commented about it.

I can't even imagine limiting yourself to only 8TB when the rest of us have 31TB Samsung SSDs.
 

Faelan

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I am very thankful to Samsung, Intel and Crucial (Micron) for affording us high capacity, competitive cost SSD.

I love my Samsung 8TB QVO and hopefully I can upgrade to something even better within the next 3 years.

Is that a SATA SSD? What’s on it? I’m rocking 4+2+2TB NVMe SSDs plus an old 1TB SATA SSD. Other than my various flight and other sims, I’m finding it hard to find enough worthwhile BIG games to fill up all that space. One of the 2TB SSDs is completely empty. I’ll probably use it as a testbed for Windows 11.
 

Godel

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It's interesting to see Seagate down at only 0.3%, previously one of the big HD companies. WD still has a presence.
 

captaincranky

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A few months back, Samsung released a flood of SSDs. With respect to SATA models, prices fell as low as $35.00 (250 GB), and $54.00 (500 GB). So I bought enough to backup all of my machines.

ATM however, the 250s aren't in stock, and the 500 GB SATA, is hovering at about $85.00, if you can find one
 

Uncle Al

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Can't say a bad things about the Samsung's. Bought my first one when they arrived and been using them ever since, just with I could afford one of those "big un's".
 

Shadowboxer

Posts: 1,884   +1,493
I am very thankful to Samsung, Intel and Crucial (Micron) for affording us high capacity, competitive cost SSD.

I love my Samsung 8TB QVO and hopefully I can upgrade to something even better within the next 3 years.
Qvo? I’m surprised you cheaped out. Evo is much faster.