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SSD prices are falling fast: 1GB for just 4 cents

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SSD prices are falling fast: 1GB for just 4 cents

SSDs are becoming more affordable, but they can’t catch up with the classic HDD
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Prices of semiconductor drives (SSD) continue to fall. From January to March, the average price decreased by 15-30%, a from March to June, SSDs became cheaper by another 25%. Data is for capacity devices 1TB, 2TB and 4TB.

The average cost of a gigabyte of SSD today is just 6 cents in the US, notes Tom’s Hardware. According to analysts’ forecasts, this is not the limit. However, hard disk drives (HDD) remain far cheaper – 1 GB costs only 1.4 cents.

The reason for the drop in SSD prices is well known. Demand for NAND flash memory, on which these types of storage devices are based, has fallen sharply. According to analyst group TrendForce, the average sales price in the first quarter of 2023 fell by 15%, and in the second quarter an additional decline of 8-13% is expected.

Meanwhile, semiconductor disk manufacturers’ revenue from sales fell 47.3% in the first quarter, analysts reported. Faced with weak demand for drives and memory in general, manufacturers have to build up inventories in hopes of selling them at a higher price in a few quarters.

Now is the time for consumers to upgrade their PCs, although the downward trend in prices may continue for several more weeks, market watchers advise.

Prices for 1TB SSDs have fallen by up to 50% since March. The budget gaming WD Black SN770 with PCIe 4.0 NVMe interface can be bought for only $50-60 in the US or about 5 cents per gigabyte. An SSD without a built-in DRAM cache will provide a nominal data transfer rate of up to 5000 MB/s in sequential read.

For faster devices, the bar rises to 6-8 cents per gigabyte. Samsung’s top-performing 990 Pro drive cost $169 back in March, and is now available for just $84.99. At that price, you get nominal sequential read and write speeds of 7450 and 6900 MB/s respectively.

Morally and technically obsolete drives with PCIe 3.0 and SATA interfaces are found at a price of $35 for 1 TB. However, such devices are of interest only to users who are upgrading their old computer without claiming high performance.

Prices for 2TB SSDs have fallen by up to 44% since the beginning of the year. Budget PCIe 4.0 SSDs currently sell for less than $100, with most high-end models in the $120-160 range.

The best deal among high-end drives is the WD Black SN850X at $134 for 2TB or the slightly older Samsung 980 Pro at $116. Silicon Power’s UD90 is available for $77, or 4 cents per gigabyte, and has read and write speeds of 5,000 and 4,800 MB/s, respectively. Only slower non-PCIe 4.0 SSDs are cheaper than this model, and only marginally so.

The price of a 4TB SSD has finally become affordable for many users. The best in terms of performance with this volume is the WD Black SN850X, which costs $299 or 7 cents per gigabyte. The already mentioned UD90 from Silicon Power, but with a capacity of 4 TB, sells for $174, which is just over 4 cents per gigabyte. For an old-fashioned 2.5-inch SATA drive, the manufacturer is only asking $154.

In the last few weeks, devices using the PCIe 5.0 interface have started to appear on the market, and because they are technically advanced, they have a high price. The cheapest SSD with this interface is the Inland TD510, which costs $269 for 2TB and $177 for 1TB from Amazon in the US. Back in April, when the drive first hit the market, it cost $349 for the 2TB model and $199 for the 1TB model on Amazon.

But still, the overpayment for the PCIe 5.0 interface in terms of 1 GB is much higher than the price asked for PCIe 4.0 devices of comparable volume.

In general, experts predict that the downward trend in SSD prices will continue at least until the end of the second quarter of 2023. Is it worth buying an SSD right now? As always, the answer depends on your needs.

If your current storage device is overcrowded, don’t be upset that the price will drop another 10-15% in a few weeks. If you need a disc today, it’s best not to delay.

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