Wow 512GB SSD is so expensive!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Kendo, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I was contemplating between the 128GB and 256GB MacBook Airs. It will most likely be used as a stopgap machine until the new Macbook Pro comes out so I wanted to minimize my loss when it comes time to flip (which will already be minimized due to the Amazon 20% discount).

    My main fear was that for the next refresh, 256GB would be the mid-range standard and 512GB would be the new "ultimate." So a $1600 256GB model this year would turn into a $1300 256GB model next year causing prices to tumble further. But I checked some prices for the 512GB SSD on Newegg and they are roughly $800.

    Am I right in thinking for the next refresh, Apple might keep the current SSD setup the same? Meaning 128GB for mid-range and 256GB for the high-end? After all, the iMac has kept the same HDD setup for the unibody models since it first released in 2009 (500GB for entry, 1TB for mid-range and high-end).
  2. kilonet macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    they might as many use external storage anyway and new Thunderbolt drives are coming..
  3. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    I dont think we will be seeing a 512GB ssd option until the generation after the next. The SSD market is very much concerned with storage but speed is the primary motive of development.
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I looked into upgrading thru OWC....but its so damn expensive I could buy a second MBA and use it as a backup!!
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    It makes little sense (unless you have a very specific application) to buy one of these high capacity SSD's right now. They will drop quickly over the next year or two.
  6. marrzie macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    Can you post a source for this please. Thanks.
  7. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Drop = yes
    Drop quickly = What's your definition of quickly?

    The current cost/gig for the OWC MBA specific SSD is $2.08 to $2.87.
  8. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    You want me to post a source to prove that technology prices drop over time? Really? Seems fairly obvious to me.
  9. futbalguy macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2007
    SSD prices have not dropped much in the past year so I think thats why people are questioning you. We know they will drop eventually. But how long?
  10. jsolares macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    The didn't drop price this past year but they doubled in performance for close to the same price.

    But yeah if you want lots of storage SSD is not the answer now or in the near future
  11. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    They are dropping gradually. 512GB SSD won't drop from $800 to $100 overnight, it takes time. Before 25nm SSDs, ALL 480/512GB SSDs cost more than $1000, most were ~$1200. Even the Crucial M4 was nearly $900 when it launched a few months ago, and now it's $780. I even remember the Kingston SSD being over $1000 and it's now $840 on NewEgg.

    Don't look at the new SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. Vertex 2 was ~$220 not that long time ago (some time in 2011) and it's now $180. The new SSDs are expensive but everything new is. The older SSDs are still good and have come down in price.
  12. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    Actually I noticed today that the 370 GB at OWC is dropped in the $700's for 2 days only. That's a $300 drop. Now if only the rest would follow.

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