Study: Average SSD prices almost halved over last 12 months

“Solid state drive prices have fallen by as much as 65 percent in the last 12 months, according to data,” Electronista reports. “Research by The Tech Report finds that, in contrast to flooding in Thailand affecting standard hard drive production and causing price hikes, the price of SSDs is continuing to drop, with an average price drop of 46 percent — almost half — compared to the same point last year.”

“Graphs for the period show a hefty price drop for most models from April onwards, when a rumored price war between Kingston, Intel, OCZ, and Crucial seems to have taken place. The Intel 520 series — which replaced the 510 series — saw the largest drop, losing $200 in the space of a month,” Electronista reports.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. It’s funny (and sad) that most SSD’s are made in the form factor of the 2.5-inch hard drive, because that’s the “space” it needs to fit to replace hard drives. An SSD does not need to be a rectangular brick. Apple obviously knows this… 🙂

      1. Nope. My next iMac will start off with a “platter drive” but I will use the OWC kit to add an SSD (probably 240GB), as the startup disk (second internal drive), once the price goes low enough…

  2. What a consolation! This means when Apple finally releases the new iMacs and Mac Pros in another year’s time we will all be able to save a few measly bucks. This is quite a blessing considering the inexorable delays and Apple’s crass profiteering from the recently updated notebooks.

        1. The current iMac family is only a year old as of May. How often do you want them to put out refreshes?

          The Mac Pro *is* a bit long overdue for a real refresh, but the iMac?

          And should Apple not profit from their notebooks?

          1. Designing machines that are difficult or impossible to repair and maintain, and increase costs of ownership, is profiteering. However, I am not opposed to Apple making a profit nor will Apple make a dime from me. Apple can keep their Retina notebooks, they’re not worth my money.

            1. I prefer to have a device that doesn’t need to be repaired rather than one that is designed to be serviced (and requires more frequent servicing). How often do *you* repair your Android phone or your Playbook tablet. Just how serviceable do you expect the Air-wannabe “Ultrabooks” to be?

              Do what you want, Freek. But don’t expect anyone on this forum to pay attention to your crap.

            2. Fuckin’ great!- means more for us.
              Sure must be hard not being able to afford a Mac, livin’ in your Mom’s basement on your paperboy’s salary…

            3. “increase costs of ownership”

              You are simply speculating here. While you could be correct, your internet yelling and badmouthing of anyone that does not share your opinion is, at best, childish.

              Historically, Apple computers have a lower cost of ownership than PCs, despite the fact that they sometimes have less accessible components.

              Just as importantly, you are specifically referring to a single computer in Apple’s lineup. The MBP, iMac, and Mac Pro all make RAM replacement easy and the Mac Pro makes HDD/SDD replacement very easy. None are difficult to repair.

              To sum, you need to take it down several notches and also make better arguments.

          2. Oh, crap. I almost forgot. How is it that Windows users can purchase machines with USB 3.0, HDMI, and Thunderbolt while Apple users are denied the same? How much longer are you willing to wait for the same technology that Steve Ballmer and Michael Dell use daily?

            1. What do you mean? Those things are already on a lot of Macs. Hit the road Troll, doncha come back no mo since it obviously frustrates you. You know you want Apple stuff and pretend otherwise.

            2. A lot? Is that the best objective, mathematical value you can provide? Pathetic.

              To keep you aware of current events, none of the Macs Apple is currently selling have the minimal specs that would urge me to purchase one.

            3. I’d rather have a machine that was compact and solid, than a bitty thing that was designed to be repaired every few weeks like Windows machines. The Model-Ts of today.

    1. Absolutely on target, MacFreek but you’ll get flamed for voicing the truth in these parts… every time. We come here to praise the Cupertino geniuses no matter their manipulative treatment of loyal customers. Shame on them but here, it will be shame on you.

      1. My family and I have supported Apple since the first release of Apple II. However, it seems the loyalty and respect haven’t always been reciprocated. Nor do I think that Apple is immune from criticism. The plethora of Apple fanbois and their mantras of ignorance and epithets of emmity are mere symptoms of their own ignorance and puerility. I doubt that many of them, including some at MDN, have the capacity to imagine or develop a independent thought.

        1. Apple is not immune for intelligent and thoughtful criticism. But crap from anonymous posters that somehow claim to understand my motivations are not worth the electrons wasted in forming the ,packets used to upload them. You are the clueless one.

        2. What- did your “family” adopt a few Newton’s or something? 😉
          Or by “family”, did you mean like “Manson”?
          So many “big” words in your post, MF…
          Just one thing, though- it’s “develop AN independent thought”, not “a”.
          So, you don’t fool me with the barrage of pontification…

        3. I agree that Apple is not beyond criticism, I’ve had my fair share of complaints with them over the years, however, your comparisons are unfair.

          Sure HP, Dell etc may have been offering USB 3, HDMI etc on their boxes earlier, but they don’t have to integrate it into their software so it works. The third party manufacturers write the drivers for their hardware. Microsoft write the OS for the hardware box. HP, Dell etc just want to make as many boxes and throw them out the door. They don’t really care as much as Apple about the end user experience, hence when there is a problem, you contact HP, Dell etc and are told ‘it’s a Windows problem, contact Microsoft’. You then contact Microsoft who say ‘this is a hardware problem you need to contact your PC vendor’ or ‘it’s a third party device, contact the third party for support’. You contact the third party who say ‘this is a known Windows problem, contact Microsoft’ and the Catch 22 keeps running.

          Apple don’t do that. If I have had a problem and contact Tech Support, the Apple engineers will try to help even if it is a third party device or third party software. They will work with the third party community to ensure a solution is found.

          I’ve never been told ‘oh that’s a software issue contact third party’.

          Implementing the latest tech, while nice for tech geeks, isn’t always great for end users. USB 3 has been out for a while, but only now is there really a decent selection of USB 3 offerings on the market.

          Thunderbolt has been (was first) on Macs for a while, and yet there are still only a small amount of expensive Thunderbolt offerings on the market (but the choice is increasing). You criticise Apple for not implementing new tech, yet they were first with Thunderbolt!

          Apple pretty much have to compile everything themselves to make new tech work under Unix, so including USB 3 etc takes more time to ‘perfect’ the implementation.

          Every part of the Mac is designed by Apple, custom ‘shaped motherboards (logic boards to Mac users), graphics implementation etc. You can’t just get an off the shelf motherboard and slap it in a Mac, so integration of new ports etc does take time to redesign the entire offering. What may look like a slight refresh is an entirely redesigned end unit.

          If you want unreliable performance, get new tech on a Heinz 57 PC box. If you’d prefer to have it on a well thought out and reliable platform, get a Mac.

      2. He will get flamed for his flawed arguments. He could be right about the retina MacBook being more expensive in the long term, but that is debatable.

        He will also get flamed for presenting his argument for yelling and screaming like a child and flinging accusations that demean other people for having a different opinion.

        My opinion is that the retina MBP sacrifices normal Apple features like accessible RAM to achieve the size and weight with the features of the laptop. Many teardowns have noted that the retina MBP has absolutely not spare space. So, instead of designing for accessibility, they prioritized slimness and weight. It also means that non-experts opening the laptop are likely to screw it up and kill their laptop.

        There are other laptops offered by Apple that offer similar computing power. I’m not sure how Apple having a single product that is difficult to service signals that Apple is suddenly an evil empire. It is a nonsensical argument.

        BTW, being called nonsensical is not flaming when you are viciously backing a nonsensical argument.

    2. If you don’t like Apple’s products or prices then don’t buy them. Me, I’ll gladly hand over my money for their superior products. You get what you pay for and then some with Apple.

      1. Yes, I can wait to spend my money as long as Apple continues to delay selling machines with the features and technological components that I want. Unlike you, I have higher standards from Apple.

    3. Interesting thoughts. I have a friend who ordered (and has received) the new MBP Retina and was quite astounded to learn that he could upgrade his RAM from 8 to 16GB for only $200. So I guess the profiteering has shifted from RAM upgrades to SSD upgrades.

      1. Really, how is that possible when the RAM is soldered in place? Another thing, how much woe that additional 8 gigs of RAM cost had it bee purchased from a company other than Apple?

        1. My 2011 MBP is currently running 16GB or RAM (thank you OWC), while Apple only offered to sell me 8GB. Assuming the same approach holds true with offerings like the MBP-Retina, there’s no way I’d ever buy a computer that Apple has basically crippled through the use of proprietary or soldered components like RAM or storage.

  3. Whats up this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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