Are We In For An SSD Price War?

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devin3627

hopefully they will be released on the xbox 720. i miss the days videogames like nintendo read from a chip and loaded instantly.

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compguytracy

Put in a 240 GB OCZ for slightly less than $1 per gb now proceed to hate! never going to mechanical storage for os, got a 3 tb seagate for storage, still lots of room on ssd for d3, and other games, 15 second boots, internet up before i click on it, asking me what am i doing, dave, which is weird, my name is Tracy, but it has only asked me to kill strangers, not family yet, so all good.

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kixofmyg0t

With SSD prices coming down, it's a GREAT time to pick up a SSD boot drive.

Crucial's M4 64GB is $85 on the egg. It's a awesome drive. Great read speeds and is still faster than a asynchronous Sandforce drive after you actually use them.

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szore

I love the smell of thermal paste in the morning...

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alex_dh9

SSD prices are sweet now but I'm still waiting for a cheap 250GB. So i'm loving this news.

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88keyz

One, two, three, four.
I declare a price war.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The other week, I read an article written by a leading tech guru claiming that current SSDs will usually die after 1-2 years of use.

Hard to say otherwise, as they are so new. But I remember reading once that they were expected to last decades, because there were no moving parts.

Anyone?

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therestorestore

just don't defrag it. ever. or put the swap file on it.

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Baer

My Vertex 2 is over two years old. (knock on wood), no issues yet.

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Strhopper

been running two kingstons in raid 0 for more then two years now. No problems here

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Peanut Fox

Allen over at another tech site has been hammering the same Intel 320 since it's launch. That thing has seen more reads and writes in it's time than what most consumers will do to an SSD.

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JohnP

Who didn't see this coming? I think Apple is about the only tech company on Earth that can set their prices with a reasonable markup. With the fury of competition from the Asian tigers, it is amazing that more companies don't go under. Look at LCD panels or DDR Ram for recent spectacular competitive squeezes.

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vrmlbasic

Why don't American companies get cool animal metaphors? ;)

For LCD panels, I'd like to see the market strive for greater resolutions than 1080 at affordable prices but as the rumors on MPC go, it'll take Apple to get us there. If that should occur, I'll have to resolve to scorn Apple a bit less.

Calling Apple's markups "reasonable" is something that I could only imagine a believer in Capitalism saying. Capitalists in the tech world are like unicorns in rarity, in my limited experience ;)

If this does happen, then I can finally set up my SSD RAID 0 array :D :D

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gruvsf

This is great news. I can only hope that this will force the HDD manufactures to start to drop their prices again post flood.

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Brad Chacos

I just started watching Futurama on Netflix, starting way back at episode one. Man, I forgot how excellent that show was. In any case, your avatar made me digress.

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TommM

Love my SSD and would love even more an SSD price war.

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wolfing

there really is no going back once you start using SDDs. I started with a 64GB one only for Windows installation/boot. Kept my 1TB drive for the rest. Then bought a 128GB for "just the game I'm currently playing"... I now realize, I don't really use the 1TB drive for anything anymore. Oh yeah, the paging file is still there I guess (I wonder if it's even recommended anymore, did that like 2 years ago when I installed Windows in the first SDD).

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JohnP

I actually gave up my 128GB SSD drive to my son and went back to a 1TB 7200RPM boot drive. The reason? Space constraints are such a pain and the ONLY TIME I really noticed the difference in speed was on boot up. When Win8 DP came along and my boot up speed was halved, I suddenly ask why I was bothering trying to squeeze Windows, Steam And WoW into a size 6 dress. With 5TB worth of drives, I don't mind spending that extra few seconds for boot or for a program to load.
Benchmarks for SSDs are amazing but if real world performance is not that noticeable, why bother?

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kixofmyg0t

Let me get this straight....

You're a bleeding edge hardware hipster that spends more on computer parts in a month than most of us spend on our mortgages....

Yet had a 128GB boot drive that you tried to stuff your games and programs onto(wrong answer number 1)and yet you didn't notice a difference in speed?

Dude you ALWAYS brag about what new Intel or nVidia part you just bought so how is it you couldn't tell a difference? I woulda figured someone with a dual socket Poison Ivy Bridge, 256GB RAM, HEY LOOK I HAVE NVIDIA CARDS! THEY'RE WAAAAY FASTER THAN AMD FOLKS! GTX 990GTX in a Octo-SLI or whatever you brag about every other post.....woulda bought a better SSD to begin with.

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Klausey

If the speed increase wasn't noticeable, you must have had one heck of a terrible SSD my friend!

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Baer

I do not agree, my 18 second boot is greaat but I love it when I want to do a quick open of Outlook to send out a quick e mail and it opens in a half a second. Yes I still have my Raptors in RAID 0 but they are for more seldom used programs and new and commonly used data.

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Strhopper

wrong. a SSD for me any ways make the whole OS seem more "fluid". SSD's are quiet too.

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vrmlbasic

Hold on a second here, you're posting all over these boards about how you're on the bleeding edge of consumer PC technology and yet you're still using the old-school hard drive?! I expected to hear you reporting that you had 10 SATA3 512MB SSDs in some killer RAID 0 array and were getting sequential reads of 5GB/second or something else equally insane. ;) I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

Like the other responder here, I don't know what games you're playing or apps you're running, but after making the switch to an SSD myself I can't see how you could return to the slow mechanical drive setup. I enjoy having my PC almost instantly ready to run as soon as I log in. I relished in the fact that my PC loads Deus Ex:HR levels in under 10 seconds where consoles, with the game installed, take upwards of 30.

Shoot, even Trine and Trine 2 load levels before the load-screen narration finishes the first sentence.

Right now I'm using a work PC which has a mechanical drive and it is like trying to run in waist-high mud. Having to wait a second or 2 for Firefox to load up feels like an eternity, same with MSOffice as on my SSD the delay is incredibly minute in comparison.

If there were no difference in real world performance I would agree that there is no point, but I still can't believe that you don't see a real world difference. Also, only 5 TB of drives? Even a mere tech mortal, a plebe in comparison, has mustered up 4 TB of drives on his current PC lol.

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wolfing

don't know what type of applications you run, but for what I use my computer (i.e. games), the difference is night and day, no, make that the darkness inside a black hole and the brightness of the surface of the sun. Loading levels, loading save games, etc. It really is noticeable.

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Duck Dodgers

+1 I started out even smaller than you, if you can believe that. I only had a 30GB model for windows ONLY. Realized within two weeks that this wouldn't do and got 128GBs. If this price war jumps off, I'm looking at at least another 128GBs in RAID mode. Maybe more.

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