The SSD democratization

There’s no better investment to update your old computer than installing an SSD on it. Forget about memory or CPU upgrades: you will really feel the difference with that simple upgrade.

This kind of storage was pretty expensive a couple of years ago, but that’s not true anymore, and a new DRAMeXchange report shows this. The cost per gigabyte has been narrowing between traditional HDDs and the new SSD, and the gap will be hardly noticeable in 2017 according to their estimates.

SSDs and hard disk drives pricing

Those prices solve the cost problem. The other advantage HDDs have still today is their larger storage capacity, but even that is starting to feel untrue when you discover that there are 16TB units made by Samsung that solve that issue and pave the way for future advances. This graph by hblok.net shows a clear evolution (full size image)

Hblok

We’ve got similar cost per gigabyte, good storage capacities are becoming quite normal, and new advances in NAND memories (with 3D NAND and V-NAND technologies) promise even better features in the near future. I’d say SSD have already won the battle.

About time.

Author: Javier Pastor

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.