SSDs getting closer to price parity with HDDs, but it's still years away from us

Posted on Thursday, Dec 03 2015 @ 13:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A report by DRAMeXchange shows how the gap between SSD and HDD pricing keeps shrinking at a rapid pace. Just three years ago a 2.5" SSD had a price per gigabyte of around 99 cents, ten times more than the price per gigabyte of a HDD, but this year the price difference has shrunk to 39 cents per gigabyte for the SSD versus 6 cents per gigabyte for the HDD.

While true price parity is still a long time away from us, DRAMeXchange expects it's getting closer and closer. The firm expects HDD pricing per gigabyte will remain level of the next two years, whereas SSD pricing may drop to 24 cents per gigabyte in 2016 and 17 cents per gigabyte in 2017.

This would mean SSD pricing would be just 11 cents per gigabyte more expensive than a HDD in 2017, a price that could spur adoption in the laptop markets. This price level suggests a roughly $28 premium for a 256GB SSD and a $112 premium for a 1TB model versus a similar capacity HDD.

SSD HDD price parity

Source: ComputerWorld

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