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Solid state drive pricing dropped 38% in 2012

By Shawn Knight ยท 13 replies
Jan 16, 2013
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  1. Solid state drives had a big year in 2012; not because of any controller breakthrough or performance barriers tackled but rather the fact that pricing dropped significantly over the past 12 months. Per gigabyte pricing for flash-based storage is still...

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  2. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 603   +110

    That's good news. Planning to upgrade this year.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Let's hope prices fall even faster this year.
  4. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Once you go SSD, you never go back. (But when you do you cry every second of the 5minute bootup times :-D )
  5. ^^ ..what captain said :p
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,966   +223

    "Surprisingly enough, drives with capacities of 40-64GB had the poorest showing of all."
    -Not surprising in the least, there are many components in an SSD that do not get cheaper; mainly the SSD controller & all PCB components.
    It is just the flash that goes down in price due to increased production and smaller transistors being developed.
    So naturally the larger the SSD is the bigger it's price reduction will be percentage wise...
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Right it should be a given that low capacity harddrives carry a premium price/GB at least until the capacity gets so big that you need to start using a scaled up architecture like multiple controllers.
    It's generally always been this case.
  8. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon TS Addict Posts: 161   +51

    Picked up the Vertex 3 120GB for $60 early summer 2012. Should tie me over until 500GB SSDs are $100.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,168   +4,116

    I haven't seen 5 minute boot times since DDR and Norton 2005 were all the rage. Methinks maybe you should check the startup programs on, and also disinfect whichever turd takes that long to rev up. Either that, or simply retire it.

    As far as this "clever" paraphrase,
    with either the original wording, or the rework, I'm pretty sure if you don't start with something, you'll never miss it....;)
  10. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 461   +59

    My regular laptop HDD boots up Windows 7 in about 45-50 seconds. What's the big deal?
    captaincranky likes this.
  11. havok585

    havok585 TS Addict Posts: 208   +65

    o'really? say that to time VR 10k rpm 3 seconds boot time >:)
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,168   +4,116

    That's because there actually isn't any...!:D

    This comes under the heading of reaching adulthood, without outgrowing the need for, "immediate infantile gratification"!

    Even if you're, "suffering horribly" with long boot times, that's why God invented coffee pots, and the second PCs that are already running....;)

    Besides, it should be illegal to brag about the fact you never have to shut your PC down with the newer versions of Windows, and then turn around and duplicitously start running on about how fast the self same PC will boot up.

    In other professions such as sales, they apply the euphemism, "talking points", regarding such behaviour. In PC jargon, it is known outright as, "shameless, boorish, bragging"...:(

    Some of this reminds me of the clamor to get rid of PS-2 keyboard & mouse ports in favor of USB. Sure, USB devices are faster, but the same fools are typing the same 20 WPM with them. (Personally I'm not sure if I make 20 WPM, so please leave my PS-2 ports alone, thank you very much).

    OTOH, you could use the 30 seconds you save in boot times, to watch 30 seconds of too loud commercials on network TV. Ah, but then, you''d lose way more than 30 seconds trying to call the FCC and complain about them). https://www.techspot.com/community/...vels-now-in-effect.188117/page-2#post-1262122

    Still in all, it can be emasculating if your, "old lady's" Kindle boots up faster that your big, powerful, gaming PC. Then she's off reading "50 shades of Gray", and you're stuck fetching your own beer, while the aforementioned PC is still trying to get its act together....:(

    OK, if all this is making anyone feel "slightly less than manly", this is what's on the horizon: https://www.techspot.com/community/...to-the-motherboard.188859/page-2#post-1268962

    I tell you, if that isn't enough to want to make you run around your office in a garter belt shouting, "I'm the Queen of England", nothing is! :eek:
  13. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Well actually the problem comes in... aaah to hell with it... I'm way too tired for CaptainCranky's adventures into crankiness today.
    As you were.
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    But I do like SSDs.

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