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So Crucial just released their updated M500, called the M550. It ranges from 64GB for OEMs all the way up to 1024GB (advertised as 1TB, but it is ~950GB in Windows, indicating .024TB extra). The largest drive MSRPs for $530. That's nearly $0.50/GB before any sales. M500s are currently on sale for stupidly low prices on Amazon. $110 nets you 240GB. 2.5" or mSATA, your choice. 1TB EVOs are $470 right now. 512GiB drives in general are $250 or less.

So... what happened? Just last summer when I was looking for drives for my laptop, all the 256GiB drives were $160 at best, and most were $180 or more. When I built my rig, the 128GiB drives were $100 at best. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right places, but SSDs seem to have gotten really freakin' cheap over the last year.
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The same thing that happens with all technology. As it becomes more and more mainstream, the price goes down. Increasing demand for high-capacity SSD's is leading to more competition in the market space, and that's making the price drop. Also, the price of the flash memory that goes into SSD's keeps dropping, and that also leads to lower prices.
     
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When I first heard of SSDs a 10 gig drive was $10,000.
The only application then was warplanes as spinner drives couldn't handle the g-loads.

Thanks to all of you for buying them and getting the price down. Now start buying Ferraris and Lamborghinis!
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Yeah I know, the price drop is excellent. I can't wait to upgrade from my 128GB!
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post #5 of 53
the prices started to drop around the start of march.

everyone was posting onto the "online deals" section thinking that it was a "deal" instead of a price drop.

everyone started to buy them and i even posted in a couple warning them that its not a deal, but just a price drop.
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I remember buying my first SSD from mushkin back in late 2010. It was a sata2 60gb and it was 130-ish.
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Typically they are not high end SSD.
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post #8 of 53
M550 is upscale of the M500.
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Originally Posted by Kiros View Post

I remember buying my first SSD from mushkin back in late 2010. It was a sata2 60gb and it was 130-ish.

Was it the Muskin Callisto DX 60GB? That SSD was also my first SSD. It is still alive and kicking.

My theory is that Crucial and Kingston are driving down prices for the entire market ever since fall 2013. They keep cutting the price for their M500 and V300, respectively, and other competitors follow suit. Kind of like what OCZ did selling heavily discounted Vertex and Agility drives in the past.
    
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post #10 of 53
1TB SSDs have really long life, because the stuff you're going to be using to fill it up is most likely stuff that you won't be erasing and writing all over again. So I would say for a 1TB SSD, the memory technology doesn't really matter as long as it's a reputable model with a trustworthy controller (like the EVOs).
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