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SSD disks and NAND memory price watch
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  • @gameb I have tried the Momentus XTs, they're ok, but frankly just go for a SSD. They're not even comparable speed wise. Even if you need the larger capacity of an HDD, you're better putting a SSD in a micro-PCIe bay and using another HDD in the 2.5" bay in a laptop. If space is of no concern, like in a 17" with dual HDD bays or a desktop, just a standalone SSD is a no brainer. I wouldn't bother with the XT

  • I wouldn't touch OCZ products with a ten foot pole. Horrible customer service.

  • @stonebat

    And that you understand under "customer service" for SSD?

  • Last year they released bad products. So many people returned the products. I got caught up too. It was bad. No more OCZ in my book.

  • @stonebat

    I do not see here bad customer support.

    It was just bad products. Do not worry, they already fired about 30% of the staff, most probably part of them was responsible for such products (designing them in the time set by some kid with MBA degree :-) )

  • I am running a MBP 13" 2011, 16GB RAM and a 1TB Samsung HDD in the optical bay. Will the general performance be better/faster or only the boot speed if I substitute the Mac boot disk with a SSD?

  • If your system is on SSD, all programs and processes which access that drive will load and work faster, not just booting.

  • Thanks @goanna that means if I work with FCPX rendering, importing, exporting, copying or whatever will improve in speed?

  • @gameb Yes, depending on disk access. Virtual memory also can be indistinguishable from RAM, limited by the SATA bus.


  • The scuttlebutt is that the big players in the SSD market want to squeeze out the little guys, so they've triggered a price war that the smaller solid-state operators simply cannot sustain. From TechRadar


    Tech Radar's new shoot-out favours the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB - despite its slower read-speeds. Down to $210 at Amazon.


  • Crucial 1TB $600


    If there's been one thing holding people back from upgrading to an SSD it's the cost of high-capacity drives. After CES 2013 that could change with the Crucial M500 SSD.

    Available for less than $600 (around £370) for the 960GB version, the M500 should be around 40 per cent cheaper than existing 1TB SSDs.

  • If you ask me, goverment must inmose modeular requirement for all SSDs.

    So in 2.5" case controller will be on removable plate and flash can be added same as RAM using DIMMs.

  • @ Vitaliy_Kiselev

    An interesting departure from the current "NO USER PARTS INSIDE" norm. Maybe the EU would be the body most likely to impose such a standard. (like they did with the compulsory micro USB phone charger). The opponents might be Apple and, say Interpol - how do you sieze part of a "hard drive" ?

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    $1/GB (but a big drive at least.)

    Mushkin's 480G Atlas mSATA is initially available in the United States at, with worldwide availability scheduled for the end of January. It has a suggested price of $499, which reflects an overall trend toward lower prices for SSDs.

  • Seagate stops manufacturing 7200 rpm drives.

    Seagate Technology, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hard disk drives, plans to cease production of mobile hard drives with 7200rpm spindle speed late this year as the mainstream market demand will shift to different products, such as solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs). The company will continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks.

  • The 960GB Crucial M500 that @goanna mentioned has made it into reviewers hands and is now shipping.

    $599.99 street for 960GB, as previously stated, making it the most inexpensive SSD drive currently available at this capacity.

  • Interesting discussion about page files on SSDs for Windows 7/8 users (and the static page-file method)

    PS I love my twin 256Gb Samsung SSD840 Pros - blazing speeds under hackintosh & Win7 - and soooo cheap!

    @thepalalias nice find Per. Its amazing the fall in price per Gb nowadays.

  • @gameb Yes, momentus are fast on reading (I have seen 500MBps), same speed as normal on writing (100MBps or so). Great for running VM images with, really fast. Not particularly fast for editing video, I keep hitting the 8GB SSD limit when editing. Would be great for smaller clips, though. Certainly an interesting option to the true SSD. I use an 240GB SSD as the main drive, the momentus as the scratch storage (video editing) and external RAIDs for longer-term storage...

  • With the surge to PCIe drives as now seen in the new Mac Pro the major players are already announcing such drives for consumers this year. RAID variations are available now but expensive.

  • With PCIe now we are talking, direct interconect!! now its good data rate.

  • I just put a 240GB mSATA boot drive in my Lenovo notebook. The Crucial M4 gives 200-250MBps data rates (only SATA2 on the mSATA socket) -- much faster than the hard drive -- for negligible increase in weight or power. PCIe will be faster than mSATA2, but most of us still have to take the mSATA leap. Technology passes us by so quickly these days....

  • SSD on PCI-E is even faster than SATA and cheap.

    from PC World, Mar 19, 2014


    Plextor's M6e delivers a 20-percent jump in read performance


  • SSD prices for hybrids, ultrathin laptops to flatten next year

    Most thin-and-light laptops typically use SSDs that are closely bolted to the motherboards, much like in the MacBook Air. That differs from the SSDs in mainstream laptops, which can be plugged into bays and are easily upgradeable.

    The price of SSDs for ultrathins will average US$111 for 197GB this year and 264GB in 2015, and then drop to $109 for 340GB in 2016, Zhang said. The price will then plummet to $93 for 405GB in 2017 and $79 for 465GB of storage in 2018.

    A shortage of solid-state drives for ultrathin laptops and hybrids will cause prices to flatten next year after dropping for the last several years, with lower prices coming again in 2016, according to a market analysis.

    ARN Business Technology