System memory prices have dropped by a prodigious amount since the beginning of the year, with the price of many 2GB DDR2-667 kits now less than $50. However, according to an iSuppli report quoted by ComputerWorld, memory prices aren't the only ones to be dipping down this year.
The report says prices for hard drives—particularly notebook drives—have fallen by a fair amount between the third quarter of 2006 and the third quarter of 2007. Average notebook hard drive pricing was $53 in the third quarter of this year, down from $86 in Q3 2006. Desktop hard drives also got cheaper, although on average they only dropped from $52.75 to $51 over the same time period. According to iSuppli, the drops are partly a result of "intense competition" between Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Toshiba, and Samsung. iSuppli analyst Krishna Chander explains, "Prices will always come if there is enough competition. If one vendor is bringing [the price] of a drive down, everybody wants to bring it down."
iSuppli says the most popular hard drives on the notebook front are 100GB models, which sell for $50 on average. On the desktop, $40 80GB hard drives are also popular as part of low-cost PCs, particularly in Asia. That said, the average price for 320GB desktop hard drives is just $25 more, at $65.