Why are SSD's so expensive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DoNoHarm, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    Honestly, if they can make a 128GB thumb drive, we should have at least 1TB SSD hard drives.


    And if it's $200 for a USB thumb drive, presumably it would be cheaper to make these drives in a larger hard disk format. It doesn't make sense...

    "You know what really grinds my gears?..."
    -peter griffin
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. macjram macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2008
    from the website

  4. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    It makes perfect sense. They are a new technology. Higher density chips are much more expensive and will continue to be so until the economy of scale brings them down.
  5. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    Warsaw, Poland
    These aren't probably nearly as fast as good SSDs. If you look at different SSDs out there, there are many relatively cheap ones - because they're slow, and they aren't really popular. You could make 1 TB SSD like that, but it would be as slow if not slower than HDD and as expensive or more than the fastest ~200 GB SSDs.
  6. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    550 isnt very much....stop being cheap
  7. DAMNiatx macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2009
  8. macjram macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2008
    I'm not being cheap.

    S/he said that the thumb drive is $200 for 128GB. It's not.

    Stop being an ass...
  9. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    calm down...it was a joke....

    550 is a rediculous price...for even a 128gb ssd
  10. Jon-Luke macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2009
    Cape Town
    The main reason the costs are so different has to do with read / write speed.

    The fastest USB drive I could find that Kingston makes can read at 25MB/Sec and write at 16MB/Sec (Click here for link)

    While my current favorite SSD from intel will read at up to 250MB/sec and write at 70MB/Sec (Click here for link)- these speeds are significantly higher then your USB drive and one of the main reasons that the SSD drives are being developed.

    Traditional Hard Drives are a bit more variable when it comes to their read and write times due to how long it takes to come up to speed (Most drives spin at either 5400rpm or 7200rpm then there is the access time (The amount of time it takes to find data - usually somewhere between 12m/s and 18m/s) so a normal Laptop Hardrive should provide read times of 35MB/sec to 80MB/sec. To write the hard drive uses a buffer (Similar to RAM) to write as fast as possible and speeds upto 70MB/sec can be achieved depending on the size of the files being written.

    So yes the Solid State Drives are expensive at this stage, but considering the possible speed improvements and energy saving these drives should become more and more popular and the prices should drop and hopefully larger capacities will become available too.

  11. mason.kramer macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2007
    Watertown, MA
    Ding ding ding.
  12. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    The chip being expensive is only the half of it. The main deal is that the manufacturers know that people are willing to shell out cash for the latest and greatest - no questions asked. Costs coming down is only partially the reason for the decrease in the price to the consumer, it's really about the economic demand.
  13. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Is there still like a number of writes these SSD drives have before they no longer work or has this changed already?
  14. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    Thumb drives use much much slower memory chips, and they have slow controllers. And that's fine, because they are bottlenecked by USB 2.0. Have you ever tried booting from a thumbdrive? You should know...

    SSD, use the sata interface, and are several times faster. The memory and controllers are newer, and faster.

    The biggest 2.5-inch SSD available is 512GB and has a higher capacity than the highest capacity HDDs which are only 500GB. There ARE 1TB+ SSDs out there as well in different form factors, but they will cost you an arm and three legs.
  15. covertyows macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2009
    I am excited about this. I am a basic pc/mac user, and can't afford to shell out the money for one of these yet, but as soon as the prices drop within a reasonable range, I am picking one up.
  16. pnyc macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    I think that although still expensive the SSD's are worth the price. Ever since I got my Vertex 128GB for $250 I can't imagine myself going back to a regular HD even tho I could get a 500GB 7200RPM Seagate for around $120.
  17. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    New 80gb intels are out and will sell for around 250 dollars. If you have an external drive for backup and storate it's getting pretty good for a boot/app drive.
  18. Jisuo macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
  19. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    New technology (as said before). They are more expensive than flash drives because of the read/write times.
  20. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    Newer Tech. Remember when DVD burners cost $500+ I bought my first one when they were $300, and now you can get them for less than $30.

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