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prices are still too high IMO haha.

I cant justify 120$ for a 240gb even with faster speeds when you can get a 1tb for half that.
I understand you buying faster read/write, but still... @.@

I might make the jump if it ever goes down to 0.25/gb or if I could ever find one used, though... I do get tired of those bf4 loading screens haha who knows how long I can wait for one rolleyes.gif
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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.

Kingston is saving some cash by switching to asynchronous NAND (SKETCHY ALERT!), and I guess the M500's 128Gib NAND made them cheap to produce (M550s switched back to 64Gib for the smaller models due to the speed issues the M500 had, but larger ones are 128Gib and SATA bottlenecked). However, I think Toshiba is still the largest NAND manufacturer. I don't know by how much; IMFT and Samsung have lots o' money to throw at flash memory, and both definitely have the fabs.

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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

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!

Happy to help! biggrin.gif


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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).

SSDs in general live a very long time. Even something like a rated-for-1000 P/E cycles 120GB EVO or 840 should last at 30GB daily for a decade. Terabyte-scale MLC drives (e.g. M500s)? 100GB a day for the next 100 years.


Prices had just been more-or-less static for ~6-9 months, or at least it seemed that way. Sure, they were dropping overall, but not by much. Now? HO-LEE CRAP I want another 240GB drive for RAID 0 because I am nearly out of space!
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I'm still rocking an Intel 320 in my main computer. It was quite pricey when they first came out. I picked up a Crucial M4 256GB two years ago for only $180 at a micro center sale for my workstation. I'm tempted to get a 120/240 for my MacBook Pro, but am in no rush.
 
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keep falling!
ive been itching to replace my M4 and i need to put a SSD in my laptop.
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post #15 of 53
amazon has the M500 240gb at $110 and tax (for me), Seagate 600 240gb is about $130, tigerdirect offered $30 rebate.
The tech for making NAND is getting better, die size smaller. We are sacrificing the max longevity/speed for good performance.
Samsung has, arguably, the best reputation in the business. Anyone wanting to compete has to work around their pricing and benefit package.
A Samsung 840 EVO 240 GB goes on sale $140, Crucial M500 or Seagate 600 has to beat that kind of pricing or too likely stockpile product. Chips have to go somewhere.
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M550 is upscale of the M500.
Technically the M550 is using older technology than the M500. The controllers are about the same with only some tweaks to reduce power and increase power loss robustness.

NAND density are getting high enough that companies need less individual ICs for smaller drives. However, less NAND ICs means less parallelism which leads to lower performance. The M500 used 128Gb ICs while the M550 uses 64Gb ICs (but still use 128Gb for larger drives).
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Also, because new drives are getting cheaper it means that older and slower drives can't be resold for as much so there's almost no reason not to have a 64GB in one of your computers.

Spinning drives have been a massive bottleneck for ages now so it's about time thumb.gif
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Samsung have build chip factory in china so they can drive down price. The big players are driving the smaller firms out of the market, then raise price (or keep static).

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Typically they are not high end SSD.

Samsung's aren't high ends? Benchmarks beg to differ. Sure the super high end enterprise SSDs aren't dropping much, but high end consumer ones are.
 
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Samsung's aren't high ends? Benchmarks beg to differ. Sure the super high end enterprise SSDs aren't dropping much, but high end consumer ones are.

840 Pro? Yes. EVO and standard 840? No. IMO, TLC NAND takes away any chance of a drive being high-end. Enterprise drives are getting cheaper, but they're still stupidly expensive - about two orders of magnitude higher than consumer drives.
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