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SSD prices will continue to tumble in 2019 says report

by Mark Tyson on 26 October 2018, 11:11

Tags: Adata (3260.TWO), Samsung (005935.KS), Micron (NASDAQ:MU), SK hynix

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A report published by DigiTimes earlier this week indicated that SSD prices are going to continue their strong downwards trend into 2019. The IT industry publication says that so far in 2018 NAND component pricing has declined by 50 per cent, thus SSD prices have fallen quite a way over recent months.

Industry sources indicate to DigiTimes that more NAND manufacturing capacity will be coming on line and existing makers will have to cut prices to sell into this more competitive market. Simon Chen, chairman of Adata Technology, indicated that due to those factors, with no sign of production cuts, 2019 could see NAND pricing drop even further than in 2018.

There are six or seven major NAND producers around the world and according to the report, they are all gearing up to launch new generation production processes with technologies such as 96-layer 3D NAND, which will debut in H1 2019. China's 96-layer Yangtze Memory Technology will, during the same timescale, come on line with production of 150,000 NAND Flash chips per month, which will definitely push the market into oversupply.

Those wishing to build new PCs or indulge in upgrades will of course welcome cheaper, higher capacity SSD availability. However, another memory component shows fewer signs of price decline. DRAM seems to be stubbornly high priced in recent months and that situation looks set to "stay flat" according to the same DigiTimes report. Adata's Chen said that the world's top-3 DRAM makers Samsung, SK hynix and Micron will implement only slight capacity expansions in 2019, despite expected increases in demand from the sectors of data centres, gaming devices, smartphones, IoT and in-vehicle systems.

A couple of months ago DigiTimes published a report that disagrees with Chen's recent asserions. Similar to the China-induced oversupply of NAND that is expected for 2019, and mentioned above, it has previously reported that "China-based Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit and Innotron Memory could lead to oversupply for the memory in 2019". From a quick check of Amazon UK, DDR4 pricing has trended nicely downwards in the last few weeks, and long may it continue…



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Wake me up when I can get enough SSD storage capacity at a decent price to store all of my games and other related media.
Iota
Wake me up when I can get enough SSD storage capacity at a decent price to store all of my games and other related media.
Define decent price and specify how much storage?

There's a WD combo pack comprising one 1Tb and one 500GB for £130… is that good?
Scrub that - I fell for the trap!!

I assume that, like me, you'd look to have games on one SSD, movies and music on another, photos and files on another, etc?
Ttaskmaster
Define decent price and specify how much storage?
There's a WD combo pack comprising one 1Tb and one 500GB for £130… is that good?

I assume that, like me, you'd look to have games on one SSD, movies and music on another, photos and files on another, etc?

Where did you see that??
I'm looking at 100GB remaining on my primary drive and wondering if it's worth consolidating all steam games and so on onto one 1TB high spec M.2 drive. But to be honest I'll probably just delete a few games that I don't play to make room (EDIT - make room for any newer ones). I think the prices of the decent 500GB drives are now thoroughly acceptable and 1TB is getting there. the MP510 is under £120 now at 500GB.

Given the advantages of an SSD I think that you'd be utterly insane not to use one for your system disc and regularly used programs. Including games as the level load times are VASTLY quicker. Beyond this, if you have music / film collection in the terabytes then obviously it's not going to be vulnerable to the deficiencies of a HDD and so cheap high volume storage makes sense. If you're a creative working with large files then an SSD or even Optane might be down your street.

If you have loads more games installed than you can afford SSD space then you can install games on different drives even under Steam. Regularly used or more modern games with bigger textures, etc on the SSD whereas less used and older games on the HDD. There's a balance to be had but you're losing out if you're avoiding an SSD purely because you can't fit everything on one.