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    SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    I have recently noticed more deals on 480GB drives for £100 to £110 and 240GB drives for as low as £55 from more well known companies,and its not one off deals either. At least a slight ray of light even though RAM and graphics card prices are still pretty high.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    I was looking at pickup up a ~128GB drive for an old AIO to make it usable second hand, but you're right - looks like the new prices have dropped to a very similar level. £36 from Ebuyer without even shopping around.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    about time.. hopefully DDR4 memory go the same route soon way too expensive!
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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens Nest View Post
    about time.. hopefully DDR4 memory go the same route soon way too expensive!
    If flash is getting cheaper, they will probably move some manufacturing to RAM, but it takes months from wafer start to chips.

    Edit: Graphics cards seem to be slowly starting to drop as well.
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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I have recently noticed more deals on 480GB drives for £100 to £110 and 240GB drives for as low as £55 from more well known companies,and its not one off deals either. At least a slight ray of light even though RAM and graphics card prices are still pretty high.
    They are dropping gradually, but they're still a far cry from the prices of 18 months ago - £140 for a Sandisk Ultra II 960GB.

    As you say, RAM and GPUs remain the biggest problem. I have plenty of RAM (thankfully) but I'm a long way from affording a replacement for my 980Ti, if it kicks the bucket (as I'm sure many others are) - any worthwhile upgrade will cost me more than twice what I paid for my current card.
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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    but it takes months from wafer start to chips.
    Does it really?

    I thought it'd be a quick and easy process, maybe a couple of days at the most!

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    Does it really?

    I thought it'd be a quick and easy process, maybe a couple of days at the most!
    RAM tends to be made on advanced nodes, so the wafer is rattling around the production lines for about 12 weeks:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semico...ce_fabrication

    The process is optimised for bulk efficiency to get the lowest cost per chip.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    I'm holding out for multiple-terrabyte SSDs to become affordable (ie, in my price range), so I can start swapping over the HDDs I use for file storage.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    I'm holding out for multiple-terrabyte SSDs to become affordable (ie, in my price range), so I can start swapping over the HDDs I use for file storage.
    I recently went to an all Solid State array, instead relying on streaming services or a fast download service when I need stuff.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    I recently went to an all Solid State array, instead relying on streaming services or a fast download service when I need stuff.
    I have a similar policy, but am finding it hard to keep Windows confined to a single 500GB drive. Will probably crack soon and update to a 1TB SSD for Windows, let Linux live on the the old 500GB Sammy. My Linux HDD is getting worryingly old if nothing else.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    I read a review of a ~500GB SSD on Amazon that mentioned the price of £86 in August 2014.

    I am now looking to get two 500G drives, but I'm not paying more than 2014 prices! So when we see £85 I'll get a couple. Should sort out the ever increasing size of games for a few years.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    I read a review of a ~500GB SSD on Amazon that mentioned the price of £86 in August 2014.

    I am now looking to get two 500G drives, but I'm not paying more than 2014 prices! So when we see £85 I'll get a couple. Should sort out the ever increasing size of games for a few years.
    My last two 500GB SSDs were £80 and £90 (both are less than two years old) but HUKD now hails units costing almost 50% more as bargains.

    When prices finally drop to a reasonable level, I'll replace my m.2 drives with 500gb or 1TB units.
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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    There are 480GB/500GB SSDs for just under £110 now - ones like the Corsair MX500 IIRC.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    I read a review of a ~500GB SSD on Amazon that mentioned the price of £86 in August 2014.

    I am now looking to get two 500G drives, but I'm not paying more than 2014 prices! So when we see £85 I'll get a couple. Should sort out the ever increasing size of games for a few years.
    Half TB SSD's weren't below £100 in 2014 - I distinctly remember paying ~£160 for mine back then. Here's also some classic hexus from the month before calling £160 for 500GB good value:
    https://hexus.net/tech/reviews/stora...l-mx100-512gb/

    £85 is more like 256GB prices back then - are you sure that it's not a shared listing for a model that comes (or used to come) in 256GB and 512GB flavours?

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    500GB class SSDs dropped under £90 consistently in later 2015,since that is when me and a few mates bought one. This is why I ended up with a POS Sandisk Ultra II for £80 at the time.

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    Re: SSD prices seem to be dropping now

    What didn't you like about the SanDisk?

    I'm planning to scrape the bottom of the barrel for SSDs when they get down in price as they'll just be chucked in a stripe and used for games.

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