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Default Price War in the SSD Market is Starting - 04-28-2012, 10:54 | posts: 6,462

Large SSD makers have reportedly begun to slash prices on their products. The move is logically linked to the falling price of flash memory but there may be something else involved reports softpedia:NAND...

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Default 04-28-2012, 20:32 | posts: 2,407 | Location: Ohio

Yes indeed, You can regularly find a sale price of $1/GB these days, particularly on SSDs of 120 GB or larger. Good news for the consumer that's for sure.
   
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Default 04-28-2012, 20:40 | posts: 2,021 | Location: UK

I will most likely grab a 120GB or 240GB SSD soon, I currently have an 80GB Gen2 Intel but I'd like some more space. Once I get my new PC setup on Tuesday I'll probably put up some of my old components onto eBay to pay for it.
   
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Default 04-28-2012, 20:55 | posts: 16,594 | Location: US East Coast

My Crucial M4 256GB is now below $1/GB (compared to the $390 it was back in October)....which is nice to see. I'm waiting for it to drop a bit further to order a second one.
   
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Default 04-28-2012, 21:39 | posts: 11,376 | Location: England

I may grab one soon as a pure games drive.
   
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Default 04-28-2012, 21:41 | posts: 13,552 | Location: USA

When i can get a 1TB SSD for under $150, i'll start celebrating.
   
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Default 04-28-2012, 21:50 | posts: 11,376 | Location: England

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When i can get a 1TB SSD for under $150, i'll start celebrating.
I think we are some way off that my friend. A 256GB pure games SSD is my next purchase I think.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 00:45 | posts: 211 | Location: Canada

Just bought my first SSD a couple of weeks ago. Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240Gig. It was $268 + tax and now around $248 + tax at newegg. SSDs have never been more cheaper. I finally took the plunge and it was well worth it.

The space is enough to keep Windows + all the software that I generally need. Additionally I will keep slow loading games on it. I have another 3TB HDD to keep everything else on.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 00:55 | posts: 6,718 | Location: Portland, Oregon

Yeah, waiting for those 512GB SSD's to drop...
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 01:17 | posts: 18,715 | Location: New Jersey, USA

yeah I am waiting for at least a 512gb on the cheap. then I will buy
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 01:57 | posts: 9,869 | Location: Yorkshire [UK]

My next purchases I'm waiting for are
Sub 100 256GB SSD (180 currently)
Sub 65 6TB HDD (not invented yet? I'd need three).
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 12:37 | posts: 3,642 | Location: Poland

256GB Ones are droping real quick. Waiting 2 weeks and getting Crucial M4 256.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 12:42 | posts: 2,865 | Location: The Freak Show - Earth.

I'm a tight ****. So when SSD'S are as cheap as HDD'S are now, then I'll buy one.

Vampires, the lot of them.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 12:54 | posts: 1,420 | Location: Japan, Soka

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I may grab one soon as a pure games drive.
This. As prices on SSD goes down, it will be reasonable to get games on SSD.
I just have system and freq used software on SSd now.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 13:07 | posts: 4,876 | Location: South Dakota

I see the crucial m4 is 124-130 on newwgg for the 128 and 250 for the 256. I've been debating getting these. I only have sata300 though so im limited to the 225mb or whatever. But do you guys know if you can point windows 7 user data on a drive other than the main one?
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 13:16 | posts: 1,420 | Location: Japan, Soka

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I see the crucial m4 is 124-130 on newwgg for the 128 and 250 for the 256. I've been debating getting these. I only have sata300 though so im limited to the 225mb or whatever. But do you guys know if you can point windows 7 user data on a drive other than the main one?
I think it really depends on software you using. In some software, you can set where it will store it's temp/save data, which by default is usually C:users/*yourname*/my documents

I set path to HDD for that software data. All heavy folders that I had on desktop is moved to HDD and set path to it from desktop.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 17:14 | posts: 8,110 | Location: United Kingdom

I picked up a Crucial M4 64GB recently just to see what they were like and so far have enjoyed using it so I might pickup a 128GB or 256GB soon.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 17:17 | posts: 16,594 | Location: US East Coast

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yeah I am waiting for at least a 512gb on the cheap. then I will buy
I'm waiting to get a second 256GB M4.....if prices drop far enough, I'll get 2 and run them in raid.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 18:09 | posts: 6,724 | Location: Bristol, UK

If we see a 512 GB SSD for below 200 then I might buy
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 18:45 | posts: 204 | Location: Quebec, Canada

Reading some on the replies here i think some people have yet to understand the purpose of a SSD.

What's the point of a 1TB HD for the OS and apps ?

Mechanical discs will continue be less expensive for a long time. People who say today i'm gonna buy a SSD when i'll be able to buy a 1TB one for 150$ will say in 5 years i'm gonna buy a SSD when i'll be able to buy a 10TB one for 150$. Fact is if you are waiting for SSD price to catch HDD price to buy one you'll still be running your OS on a HDD 10 years from now.

For the OS 120GB is more than enough. And the difference between a SSD and a HDD for the OS is day and night to me. It's the best upgrade money can buy right now if you are a power user. I can boot to the desktop in less time it takes to get a glass of water.

I have a 120GB and a 240GB SSD. Both bought at around 1$ per GB excluding taxes. It's a total of 360$. Far less than a high end gpu.

My 120GB is half full. The os is installed on it with Office, Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc ...
I highly recommend a SSD for people who work with their PC like me (computer eng). The 240Gb one is for my games, projects, mp3, etc. This one is sync with my 750Gb HDD. I don't have a lot of games installed so i'm okay but for some people it might not be enough. Then i have a cheap 750GB HDD for backup and movies. This HDD is turned off by windows when i'm not using it so less noise in my machine which is great.

To me it's well worth the price if you got some spare money.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 18:51 | posts: 4,280 | Location: MI, USA

They are definitely getting my attention as their price goes down. Its still not quite cheap enough for me to bite though.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 18:55 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

I got a Mushkin Chronos 120 GB SATA III SSD for $113.74, so it's 94.78 cents per GB.

Not too bad, obviously would be better if it matched HDD prices though at 5.3 cents per GB.

All prices in Canadian Dollars before applicable taxes.

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Default 04-29-2012, 19:06 | posts: 16,594 | Location: US East Coast

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Reading some on the replies here i think some people have yet to understand the purpose of a SSD.

What's the point of a 1TB HD for the OS and apps ?

Mechanical discs will continue be less expensive for a long time. People who say today i'm gonna buy a SSD when i'll be able to buy a 1TB one for 150$ will say in 5 years i'm gonna buy a SSD when i'll be able to buy a 10TB one for 150$. Fact is if you are waiting for SSD price to catch HDD price to buy one you'll still be running your OS on a HDD 10 years from now.

For the OS 120GB is more than enough. And the difference between a SSD and a HDD for the OS is day and night to me. It's the best upgrade money can buy right now if you are a power user. I can boot to the desktop in less time it takes to get a glass of water.

I have a 120GB and a 240GB SSD. Both bought at around 1$ per GB excluding taxes. It's a total of 360$. Far less than a high end gpu.

My 120GB is half full. The os is installed on it with Office, Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc ...
I highly recommend a SSD for people who work with their PC like me (computer eng). The 240Gb one is for my games, projects, mp3, etc. This one is sync with my 750Gb HDD. I don't have a lot of games installed so i'm okay but for some people it might not be enough. Then i have a cheap 750GB HDD for backup and movies. This HDD is turned off by windows when i'm not using it so less noise in my machine which is great.

To me it's well worth the price if you got some spare money.
I paid almost $400USD for my M4 256GB back in October. Aside from faster boot times, I've noticed no spectular difference from my 2x500GB WD Caviar Black drives in Raid....except that I don't hear a pair of mechanical drives. For people like me that only have to worry about boot times when forced to reboot due to software or driver updates, there's really little argument for them. As available space decreases, performance does as well. So, unless you can afford large capacity drives or limit them to OS and drivers, you don't see the full performance of them for long anyway.
   
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Default 04-29-2012, 19:49 | posts: 6,718 | Location: Portland, Oregon

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I can boot to the desktop in less time it takes to get a glass of water.
Too bad I only drink beer. If I drank water, I guess an SSD would be useful.
   
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If we see a 512 GB SSD for below 200 then I might buy
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I guess we will have to wait a little longer..
   
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