If you're not rocking a solid state drive in your system, it's probably because of price, are we right? And specifically, the cost per gigabyte can be hard to swallow when mechanical hard drives offer such a superior value, at least in terms of what you're paying. SSDs have a long way to go before they catch up to HDDs, but maybe they don't have to. Maybe SSDs just need to offer a better value before the mainstream market dives in en masse.
That's what a new report from market research firm Gartner seems to suggest, PCWorld reports. According to Gartner, SSDs are primed to have a banner year in 2012 as prices trickle down into the $1 per gigabyte territory, at which point mainstream buyers will start to come around.
Also helping the matter is the emerging tablet market. Most tablets use NAND flash memory for storage chores, and this has caused a rise in demand for NAND chip. Manufacturers are responding by adding capacity to fill this demand, which Gartner says will eventually push prices down.
If Gartner's research is right, the price of NAND flash memory chips will fall 30 percent this year, and another 36 percent in 2012. For the sake of comparison, some of today's SSDs range in price from around $1.50 per gigabyte for low capacity boot drives, to having to sign over your first born for high-performance, large capacity drives.
At what price (per gigabyte) do SSDs need to reach before you would consider ditching HDDs altogether?