The future of SSD

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  1. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    Been doing some reading, are they as good as they sound? Anyone have any predictions when they will start dropping in price and why exactly are they so expensive? I'm looking at one 250GB for 360 quid on Ebuyer. Sounds pretty attractive since I use my hardware under demanding conditions (i.e. freezing temperatures, rough travel, high humidity). But 360 quid isn't exactly small change, and in comparison, the 500GB WD Blue is only 50 quid. Opinions?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    SSDs are new tech and new tech is always expensive. Prices are coming down all the time and capacity and speed is also increasing.
     
  3. XP Defector thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So perhaps wait a year or so and we'll start seeing some attractive prices? =)
     
  4. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    The best ones are supposedly Intel and OCZ Vertex. Intel's are very expensive in particular. SSDs in general though I feel will meet your demands better than HDDs can.
     
  5. santos79 macrumors regular

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    Intel's SSDs used to be more expensive than rival offerings, but they aren't anymore.
     
  6. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    The 80 GB on New Egg I felt wasn't bad but the 160 GB was a bit higher than I expected.

    At XP Defector - It really depends. In my recent topic, I was recommended the Intel X-25 G2 so I trust that view. It's basically what you need though. In time, it will be more speed/storage at a lower cost.
     
  7. heliuscc macrumors member

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    Intel X25-M G2 160GB is £338.28 on scan.co.uk. I keep watching, hoping price will fall but I reckon it'll be another couple months as they've only just had the stock in.
    £334 on ebuyer.com. That's the cheapest real price I've found, scan is OEM, ebuyer is retail packaging.
     
  8. kasakka macrumors 68000

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  9. vant macrumors 65816

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    You obviously don't understand sequential write speeds.
     
  10. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    In fifteen years SSDs will be obsolete, as all data storage will be online.
     
  11. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    I trust myself a little more than a cloud to be honest... But who knows what will happen in 15 years. I bet it'll be cool whatever it is :)
     
  12. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    SSDs have already dropped in prices significantly. I'd bet they'll be at least 40% cheaper a year from now, and will start officially replacing HDD's in about a year or two.
     
  13. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    I do. If the 40 MB/s is sequential write speed, that's almost half what a typical 7200 RPM drive gets. The article doesn't mention if the random read/write speeds are also noticeably slower. Probably still faster than a typical hard drive but I could see the sequential write being a nasty bottleneck.

    I've got the Intel X25-M G2 in my MBP at the moment and while the sequential writes are no faster than a regular hard drive, it's still faster in all other areas.

    The X25-X has to be really enticingly priced to make people choose it over HDDs.
     
  14. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I've been reading news reports here and there (thanks, MacOS Ken) stating that Apple is buying up most of the solid state memory being made, presumably for the iPhone and iPod touch. I can't help but wonder if that will effect the prices of SSD drives in the future.
     
  15. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    I refuse to pay $700 Canadian for 256GB of storage.

    And I have no idea how people get by with on 80GB of storage.
     
  16. glavoie84 macrumors regular

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    Worse! I need only about 40GB out of the 80GB of my X25-M. If I need more storage, I use a 400GB 2.5" external drive. Problem solved!
     
  17. robeddie macrumors 68000

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    Maybe I'm missing something. But at $160 or so for 40 gigs, that's 4 bucks a gig. Current 256 gig SSD's that are faster around around $750, less that 3 dollars a gig.

    So the drive is slower, and it costs more per gig than current SSD's. How is that a VALUE??!?!?
     
  18. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    On my iMac I have 200GB and I use about 140GB of it. And when I get a new MBP sometime this year I'm going to get a SSD:D
     
  19. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    Possibly but I wouldn't be so sure. SSDs supposedly were available to the military since the mid 1990's and now we're just getting them as consumers.
     
  20. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    But now you have to drag an external drive with you wherever you go. Not to mention have to back up 2 drives now.

    No it doesn't. For all practical purposes, all you've achieved are 20 second faster boot times. :p

    Really, this SSD bandwagon right now is mainly for speed-geeks as there is no other way to rationalize it. (at least in cost per GB).
     
  21. copykris Suspended

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    how about: no moving parts = better longevity

    this goes for laptops in particular
     
  22. copykris Suspended

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    yawn

    that was interesting

    tell you what, why don't you go into a sweet little 15 year hibernation while us old fashioned hippies mess around with ssd's for a few years

    we'll wake you when your online storage standard rolls along
     
  23. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    As HellHammer said, SSDs are much new tech, and chances are you won't get one cheap for a good few years.

    Look at HDDs. 10 years ago, you'd get an 8MB HDD for £50. Now you get 500GB for it. Technology just keeps going on, by the time SSDs are cheap, some new technology will have probably come out.
     
  24. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    Do you mean 8 GB? 8 MB maybe for 20 years ago, no?
     

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