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SSD price-per-GB expected to fall under 10 cents

by Mark Tyson on 10 May 2019, 11:11

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Component prices for PC enthusiasts are looking good at the moment; with healthy competition in the CPU market, the GPU crypto-bubble no longer a factor, and essentials like RAM and storage at their best prices for a long time. Focussing upon storage, particularly the NAND-flash market, Trendforce, a division of DRAMeXchange has made a welcome prediction this week. Its market analysts say that the prices of SSDs are going to hit an all-time low, with the price per gigabyte dropping below $0.10, before the year is out.

The reason for the projection is that Trendforce observes oversupply of NAND and the SSD suppliers have instigated a price war in order to shift their wares, and compete against rivals. Due to this market action "Average contract prices for 512GB and 1TB SSDs have a chance to plunge below US$0.1 per GB by the end of this year, hitting an all-time low," asserts Trendforce.

The graph above shows trends and extrapolation of trends for SATA and PCIe SSDs using the latest data.

Moving onto related trends and expectations, we should see PCIe SSDs achieving 50 per cent market penetration this year, as the pricing is "nearly identical" across capacities (an average 6 per cent difference in premium solutions, but 0 per cent on average for value solutions). Laptops already passed the 50 per cent milestone for SSD adoption last year, many of them packing the much smaller and lighter M.2 format drives, for obvious reasons.

In brief, if you have faith in these analyst predictions then it is worth waiting a quarter to two to grab a more capacious SSD for your money. Here in the UK I often check consumer pricing trends using camel x3 and I am seeing more favourable pricing curves for PCIe SSDs, as the SATA drives I checked aren't quite at their lowest prices at the time of writing.


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Is this all SSD-type things, like M.2, PCIe cards and so on, or just ye olde 2.5" SATA SSDs?
Is this all SSD-type things, like M.2, PCIe cards and so on, or just ye olde 2.5" SATA SSDs?

All NAND packing storage devices, according to Trendforce.
Is this all SSD-type things, like M.2, PCIe cards and so on, or just ye olde 2.5" SATA SSDs?

The case on a 2.5" SSD is pretty much just there to pad the size up to where mounting screws etc can be used, it is kind of wasted material that also adds to packaging bulk and cost as the circuit board inside is pretty small. I'm sure the more compact M.2 is where the volume will go so will end up being cheapest, initially the SATA M.2 drives but NVMe isn't so new anymore and should again become the mainstream and therefore cheapest solution.

you can get these which are barely an inch long. can get 240gb versions too.

So that shows just how much wasted space is in the 2.5 chassis if you use them. (they acutally will ship you the ssd, a plastic holder and case and you assemble it at your office, slap a label on it and sell it as yours)

Found it. This is how they do their rebranding.

I was curious and slightly sceptical till i found out that Longsys bought up Lexar from Micron.