A report shows that solid state drive (SSD) prices have been in consistent and strong decline. The data shows that prices have moved inversely to HDDs since the tragic flooding of Thailand last year. Your takeaway: SSDs are cheaper than ever.
This is, of course, great news for manufacturers and enthusiasts alike. It has never been in doubt that SSD's outperform their mechanically spinning counterparts. However, the price-to-performance ratio has put solid state drives out of the reach of many. That trend looks to be ending.
A year's worth of data crunched by Tech Report's Geoff Gasior shows that intense competition in the SSD market between Intel, Samsung, Corsair and OCZ has driven prices down by quite a bit. The report shows an average price drop across the four manufacturers of 46% from launch price over the time frame of about a year. That sort of discounting is unprecedented in the SSD market. That data places no less than eight drives on the market today with a dollar-to-gigabyte ratio of less than one — a threshold that many of us have been waiting to see broken.
Happy shopping: your boot speeds will thank you.
CORRECTION: This post originally stated that last year's flooding happened in Taiwan. It happened in Thailand, as we originally reported. We regret the error.