SSD Players Reportedly Preparing for a Price War

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ApathyCurve

Welcome to the magnet-free future. I just built a system with hybrid storage. Seeing as I build new boxes on a four to six year cycle, I suspect that will be the last one with a HDD in it. I might keep an external around for backup purposes, but that'll be about it.

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jgottberg

I've been smelling the scent of price-fixing for a while with SSD's. Why drop the price on something consumers are willing to spend the money on? Collude and keep the prices/profits high while you can... Until the next superior technology, then repeat cycle.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

And they die after two years, right?

There's something to be said for 4TB of affordable data storage.

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DirtModeler

Say goodbye to magnetic drives then. SSD's are definitely going to take over if the price starts dropping. It's about time they did. USB Jump Drives are free with a pack of gum these days!

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DirtModeler

Well, i get that many still use HDDs, and store a lot of stuff on them. But there was a time when Tape Drives were a better storage solution then HDD's, and they went by the wayside too.

It will get to a point in the near future where nobody will want to mess with HDDs.

You'll really start to see a mass migration when you can get a 1TB SSD for $200.

We're not that far away now.

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LatiosXT

SSDs are not a perfect replacement for HDDs though, so they'll be around for years.

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Blues22475

^Agreed.

I am still using a 750GB WD Black Caviar as my OS drive and at 1TB as my backup.

Though I say the price war is good for business to as that could be enough of a justification (though barely) for me to get an SSD myself.

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vrmlbasic

Whoa, a HDD as an OS drive (and a 750 GB one at that)? Why torture yourself so?

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Blues22475

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Blues22475

Not really torture given that it starts up faster than my work machine (and it has the same spec minus the video card). On top of that, you live with a 256 MB RAM 40 GB IDE HDD machine growing up. Hardly call my current setup torture.

Folks are too caught up in the hype of SSD. Seriously...

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vrmlbasic

SSDs live up to the hype. Seriously.

You wouldn't be the first poster on here to go from "SSDs? Meh" to "SSDs are amazing!" :)

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Blues22475

Cool Story Bro.

SSD's are quite good (reloading a computer with Windows 7 in 5 minutes = mind blown). I don't feel the price justifies it just yet in my case (granted the price has come way down).

Til one of my current drives dies and prices come down no SSD for me. That and most games/daily tasks I have wouldn't see much improvement of an SSD.

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vrmlbasic

You have misused "cool story bro". Just FYI :)

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Blues22475

Think you need to look up the definition of "Cool Story Bro" as the following statement fits that bill (no offense to you):

"You wouldn't be the first poster on here to go from "SSDs? Meh" to "SSDs are amazing!" :)"

/end

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praetor_alpha

Have you tried an SSD?

Granted, an SSD is a good purchase, but I'd rather have faster processors and better multithreaded software.

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zEric7x

I have a SSD as my boot hard drive and there is no way would I ever go back to having a normal hard drive.

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LatiosXT

My work computer uses an HDD. I really don't notice (or don't care about) any difference in speed.

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John Pombrio

Not hardly. I have 12TB of hard drives in just two computers with another 9TB for backups. Add in the 9TB for the other three machines and that gets 30TB. Two 2TB drives and one 1TB in the "just in case" drawers makes it an even 33TB, 3% of a petabyte.
As for SSD drives, I have 1.25TB worth, 5 256GB Samsung Pro or Evo drives. The Evo drives I got 4 for $115 each with free shipping and no tax (I think the lady who ran the online store did not know the difference between 120 and 256 prices).

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devin3627

they are having a bait-a-switch war against the customers.

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fdhealy

Here is an article posted today by ZDNet describing exactly what you stated.

Kingston and PNY found changing SSD components

http://www.zdnet.com/kingston-and-pny-found-changing-ssd-components-7000030776/

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vrmlbasic

That was my first thought upon reading this article, that any price war will see further bait-'n-switch cheapouts with components. No one wants a SandForce controller or cut-rate Flash memory but I'm fearful that many are going to get them.

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zaphodbeeblebrox 42

serious question. what is so bad about sand force controllers?

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Ghost XFX

Bring it on. And while they're at it, bring back lower cost RAM too....

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vrmlbasic

Agreed, RAM is still absurdly expensive.

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praetor_alpha

Wow another one so soon? I bought mine two years ago when prices dipped to about 80 cents per gig. Not planning on getting another, unless it's in a laptop, or for mom.