Buy, buy, buy – SSD prices might jump up 40% this year

If you build computers, you’ve probably noticed just how cheap SSDs are these days. You can get a [amazon_textlink asin=’B07MQ468S8′ text=’1TB NVMe SSD’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e98c8863-fdf5-48ca-85b8-5641421dd237′] for well under $200 and a [amazon_textlink asin=’B078211KBB’ text=’1TB 2.5-inch SATA SSD’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cdf47ee3-ab1e-4923-a876-e206b80799a9′] for even less. It might be a good idea to buy now, though, because the prices on NAND NVMe drives might be about to skyrocket.

According to a report from DigiTimes quoting unnamed sources, chipmakers are saying that NAND and DRAM memory could rise by at much as 40% this year. Prices are already starting to go up. While it’s tough to look at unnamed sources and completely trust them, that upward trend is enough to say that now might be the right time to drop an NVMe drive into your system to get that speed boost.

That NVMe SSD is worth the price

NAND memory shortage - NVMe NAND SSD

If you haven’t looked at the benefits of an SSD just yet, there’s no time better than the present. If you’re somehow still on a traditional hard drive with rotating magnetic platters, you’re getting a throughput topping out at around 200MB/sec, and the real-world results are likely a bit lower than that. Jumping to SSD will see your read/write speeds climbing up to somewhere between 300-600 MB/sec depending on the drive and the SATA interface you plug it into. If your motherboard has an M.2 NVMe slot, you could see speeds climbing up to a theoretical max of 3,500 MB/s with a good NAND NVMe M.2 drive. That’s something like five times the speed of a SATA SSD and 15 times that of a traditional hard drive.

In other words, the benefits of upgrading are tangible and will change the experience of using your computer on a moment-to-moment basis. There’s a reason gamers are so excited about the PlayStation 5 and new Xbox switching to SSD next year.

Of course, we need to put in the disclaimer that you shouldn’t go out and buy a NAND NVMe SSD tonight just because we said so, but we’re definitely [amazon_textlink asin=’B07BN4NJ2J’ text=’browsing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1cb8584a-345a-4d2a-ae2d-8de6c81ea812′] [amazon_textlink asin=’B07MH2P5ZD’ text=’SSD listings’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3c5efccb-4e13-4e6d-b574-865cbaa64ded’] right now.

 

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Pedro "El Capo" Rosello
Pedro "El Capo" Rosello
2 years ago

The Crucial P1 1tb at $90 is amazing value.

kvndoom
kvndoom
2 years ago

I noticed how there were practically no decent SSD sales for the Nov-Dec shopping period last year. The prices were barely different from the first 10 months of 2019.

Samsung finally had a sale at the last minute, but the deals sucked up to that point.

Al Bundy
Al Bundy
2 years ago

already bought a 1tb hp ex920 and built my ryzen rig some time ago. see you in a decade.

The lost cat
The lost cat
2 years ago
Reply to  chuckula

Or StoreMI. Which isn’t perfect, but is pretty nice.

iui4
iui4
2 years ago

Missing a “you” in the first sentence.

chuckula
chuckula
2 years ago

NAND Manufacturers: Making Optane look affordable in 2020!

ab_comments
ab_comments
2 years ago

SSD prices should be on a downward trend from now on, there are a lot of ssd manufactures now which means increased competition and less price. The only scenario I can see a price rise for it is if there is price collusion between the manufactures or a shortage of raw materials.

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