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    SSD vendors start price war to force out smaller players

    If you have been looking to buy an SSD recently, you may have noticed Crucial's M4 SSDs have been dropping in price like a rock (as you can see from the links below). I think the price war between Intel, Crucial, Kingston and OCZ is probably the reason.

    128GB: 95.11 (79.26 ex. VAT)
    256GB: 176.03 (146.69 ex. VAT)
    512GB: 404.99 (337.49 ex. VAT)

    Major SSD firms have initiated price reductions to reflect falling prices for NAND flash chips. The move is also aimed at triggering a price war in the market in an attempt to squeeze out smaller peers, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

    A number of channel retailers, which usually sell commodity memory products including flash drives and memory cards, recently began to offer SSDs, the sources observed. Some of the leading SSD producers are concerned about inferior products that might disrupt development of the market, and therefore have resorted to price-cutting measures to force the retailers to leave the market, the sources indicated.

    Kingston Technology, Intel, OCZ and Crucial are identified as the ones lowering SSD prices.

    In addition, SSD vendors hope to speed up the industry transition from SATA2 to SATA3 by narrowing the price gap between the two product segments, the sources noted. Prices for SATA3 SSDs are now only NT$300 (US$10) higher than those for SATA2 ones, the sources said.

    The availability of SATA3 has been identified as a new demand driver for SSDs in 2012. Transition to the new, faster interface is expected to upgrade the mainstream capacity from the current 32GB and 64GB to 128GB and 256GB. (Source)
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    Nice - so long as it dosn't bring down flash qulity!

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    Where can I get a 512GB SSD for 400? They're at least 440 everywhere I look, most 470+

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    Dabs are the cheapest place to get the 512GB Crucial M4 at the moment. You have to use the APRIL25 code at the checkout to get 25 off though.



    Another option would be to get 2 x 256GB SSDs for 352.06 from eBuyer.

    The next cheapest 512GB SSD is probably the Samsung 830 at 445.82 inc. VAT (after using the same code above and claiming cashback). It's worth mentioning that the 830 has issues with certain SATA controllers and higher power consumption, so the M4 is probably the better choice out of the two.

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    So, the price isn't really 404.98 then, there is just a voucher that can be used.

    2 drives wouldn't suit me sadly, as I want it for my Steam drive, and I've got 260GB of games now - and RAID 0 is insanity...

    Think I may just stick to a hybrid drive for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    there is just a voucher that can be used.
    Nothing wrong with that if it saves you a few quid.

    From what I have read prices are expected to fall even further in the coming months so it might be worth waiting a bit longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Where can I get a 512GB SSD for 400?
    Just spotted this...

    www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B004W2JL3Y

    No voucher codes required either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Where can I get a 512GB SSD for 400? They're at least 440 everywhere I look, most 470+
    The 512GB Crucial M4 can now be purchased for as little as ~310 (and that's including VAT!).

    www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=CT512M4SSD1&hl=en&authuser=0&cid=7726233 147504883976&os=sellers#scoring=tps

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    So, the price isn't really 404.98 then, there is just a voucher that can be used.

    2 drives wouldn't suit me sadly, as I want it for my Steam drive, and I've got 260GB of games now - and RAID 0 is insanity...

    Think I may just stick to a hybrid drive for it.
    I have a 120gb as my system drive and use a app that transfers my main steam games I play from my storage drive to the ssd. Would work just as well for splitting up your data across 2 ssd drives or more.

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    Symbolic links works fine for steam games.

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    Its definitely getting closer to me buying a 500GB drive... The prices are tumbling! If they can get em down to 250, I'll bite their hand off to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    If they can get em down to 250, I'll bite their hand off to get it.
    33.48* to go!



    * assuming you use the promo code above.

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    283.48....WOW time to get the CC out

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    So tempted! But knowing my luck the price will go down loads more as soon as I buy one.

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    Just waiting for the price of a over 100gb ssd to drop a little more, and the price of tb external devices to reduce again after the flooding, and then i will get one of each, as i have a 2/3 full 250gb sata drive, with more than 3/4 of that music and photos. I don't need them stored on my machine, but i do need fast bootin'

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