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SSDs on pace to reach lowest price-per-GB ever by year's end

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
May 10, 2019
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  1. DRAMeXchange, a division of market intelligence firm TrendForce, said this week that the NAND flash industry is clearly exhibiting signs of oversupply which has lured suppliers into a price war. As such, SSD prices for PC OEMs have dipped dramatically and for the first time ever, contract prices for 512GB and 1TB have a chance to creep below $0.10 per gigabyte by the end of the year.

    DRAMeXchange said market conditions will cause 512GB SSDs to replace their 128GB counterparts as mainstream offerings alongside 256GB SSDs. The firm also expects PCIe SSDs to reach 50 percent market penetration as they are nearly identical in price to SATA SSDs. General SSD adoption rates could reach 65 percent this year.

    This isn’t exactly a new trend, either. Q2 will mark the sixth consecutive quarter of contract price declines for mainstream PC-Client OEM SSDs.

    Reasons for the continued freefall in pricing are aplenty, as DRAMeXchange highlights.

    Weakened stocking momentum due to the cautious stance of PC, smartphones and servers/datacenters OEMs towards end market sales and high inventory levels, leading to an overly oversupplied NAND flash market; price wars by leading SSD suppliers who are keen to get their 64/72-layer stocks off their hands; and the price comparison effect as a result of Intel 3D QLC SSDs.

    The impact of Intel’s ongoing CPU supply shortage is also a major factor in the overall equation although with the back-to-school season and the holidays not too far off in the distance, stocking demand is expected to improve.

    Lead image courtesy SvedOliver via Shutterstock

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,535   +1,533

    Prices for SSDs have been falling for years... so an “all time low” is rather meaningless news... the only news would be if prices INCREASED!
    Danny101, TomSEA and ShagnWagn like this.
  3. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 722   +559

    Kind of like "Human reproduction pace reaches highest ever year?"
    Squid Surprise likes this.
  4. SirCanealot

    SirCanealot TS Rookie

    [Memory industry]
    Hold my beer!
    yRaz and Godel like this.
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,058   +1,186

    My wallet says 'thank you'.
  6. Black Paper

    Black Paper TS Member Posts: 16   +10

    Ryan's Law is becoming a reality...
  7. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,234   +894

    The main storage capacities I think are most desired are 1TB, 2TB and 4TB with 1TB and 2TB being most likely in demand.

    1TB SSD has dropped below $100 for lesser brands and hovers between $125 and $150 for Crucial, WD, Sandisk and Samsung.

    2TB has dropped from above $350 to less than $249.

    4TB Samsung SSD used to be over $1499. Now you can get them less than $500.

    I have upgraded my SSD storage bi-monthly. I still need to buy another M.2 and a 1TB or 2TB Sata SSD.

    I refuse to use HDD anymore for anything other than my NAS. I have a 12TB My Cloud which is far more than enough for my backup needs.

    My goal was to make all 3 of my computers 4TB SSD.
  8. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 758   +287

    Is your NAS Raid? Even there, I expect hard drives to fail.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,374   +3,770

    Shhhhhhhhh .... you'll jinx us for sure!
  10. Oliver Sved

    Oliver Sved TS Rookie

    Ahhh that is my 1TB msata ssd. works for 7 years now almost. Thank you for using my picture :)
    Danny101 likes this.
  11. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 758   +287

  12. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +83

    And yet, the SSDs that are in most demand, 1 - 4 TB are still priced illogically and artificially high .

    For example: Why does a 2 TB SSD cost twice as much as a 1 TB?? It's not like it costs twice as much to manufacture it!!
  13. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,234   +894

    It's most likely because SSD are in high demand not only by Desktop computer users but by laptop computer users.
  14. Mike89

    Mike89 TS Booster Posts: 72   +32

    When SSDs first came out, it was speculated that they would eventually be on a price level of their mechanical counterparts. Yeah years later and I'm still waiting on that. It ain't gonna happen, they've gotten too used to their profit margins to make it happen now.
  15. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,535   +1,533

    Actually... it most likely will... not because mechanical prices will stop dropping, but eventually, they will just disappear. In a few years, you probably won't see mechanical drives unless they are large capacity drives for enterprise...
  16. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,234   +894

    Who are these people who can't see the trend???

    Mechanical Hard Drives are physically larger, bulkier, heavier, slower and more subject to shock from bumps/drops than SSD are.

    The Mechanical Hard Drive market is eventually going to die.

    Eventually SSD technology will double and triple capacities and phase HDD out entirely.

    And that's along side cloud computing which reduces the necessary amount of local storage space anyway.
    Squid Surprise likes this.

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