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Now is the time to buy an SSD if you want the cheapest prices according to latest market research

Freefalling SSD prices mean there is no reason to not upgrade your aging HDD (Image source: Intel)
Freefalling SSD prices mean there is no reason to not upgrade your aging HDD (Image source: Intel)
TrendForce is claiming tight demand from major PC and smartphone OEMs for the resulting oversupply of NAND flash chips in the marketplace. The consequence is cheaper SSD prices that are expected to fall even further by year's end. Prices this year are already the lowest they've been for SSDs in general.

Solid-state drives are becoming cheaper and cheaper every year and 2019 is looking to be even better for consumers. According to market researchers at DRAMeXchange, 512 GB and 1 TB SSDs have a good chance of falling below 10 cents per GB by the end of the 2019. Average prices for consumer SSDs have been falling for six quarters straight by 15 to 26 percent and 16 to 37 percent for SATA SSDs and PCIe SSDs, respectively.

The source is attributing the steep price drops to slowing sales of PCs, smartphones, and data centers and an oversupply of NAND flash in the global marketplace. While prices will likely continue to decline, NAND manufacturers are expected to reduce production in response to the declining demand. In other words, don't expect prices to free fall at this same rate again in the near future.

A quick search on Newegg for a 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD shows a handful of options selling for just $60 USD each. While still about two to three times more expensive than a typical 500 GB mechanical hard drive, the performance gains are monumental and indubitably worth the investment in almost all usage scenarios. Perhaps not coincidentally, many laptop deals nowadays include primary 512 GB SSDs in lieu of the usual 1 TB HDD. If you're in the market for a new PC or a new SSD for your existing computer, then this season would definitely be a good time to make the jump.

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(Source: TrendForce)
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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-12 (Update: 2019-05-12)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.