Solid State Drives start their march down the pricing ladder

by Rafael Hernandez on August 12, 2010 · 0 comments

It was bound to happen sooner or later but we’re beginning to see Solid State Drives (SSD) begin the precipitous fall towards a price range where they’ll be easily adopted into PCs at large. If you’re not up on what these flash memory packed drives can do well just look around at the various examples around the web. That sort of speed will improve just about every aspect of your computing life from application load up time to improved performance on read and write speed limited tasks (database queries, file compression, data recording).

Of course such a huge leap in performance came at a high cost with early drives topping out at prices only a business could rationalize, or some very impatient individuals, which left most of the products on wish lists instead of inside machines.

With added competition in the marketplace and a general malaise in PC hardware sales it was obvious something had to give so some larger capacity drives are coming into the picture at lower prices:

Kingston SSDNow V Series 128 GB Solid State Drive photoKingston SSDNow V Series 128 GB Solid State Drive:
Rated: up to 200MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds
$1.88/GigaByte
A competent drive with all of the necessary hardware you would need to mount it inside of your desktop PC, or just slap it into your notebook or other portable device and feel the speed while on the road.

Crucial Technology 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series Solid State Drive CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 photoCrucial RealSSD C300 Series 128GB Solid State Drive:
Rated: up to 355MB/s read speeds
$2.33/GigaByte
The is one of the fastest SSDs available flat out demolishing the competition. You won’t find anything that can match its speed until you start reaching for a RAID array of SSDs or a high-end PCI Express based storage card which will cost a magnitude more than a consumer drive.

Syba PCI to 4 Compact Flash Cards Raid Adapter photo

Syba PCI to 4 Compact Flash Cards Raid Adapter:
Rated:???
???/GigaByte
Strictly for the reuse crowd Syba’s PCI to 4 Compact Flash Card RAID adapter is capable of taking your old CF cards (type I or II) and even your old Micro Drives (if you still have them) and can set them up in either RAID 0/1/10 configurations which, if things go smoothly, should equate to a good way of recycling your old camera gear and at $27 it’s not exactly going to break the bank.

Whatever method you choose a Solid State Drive will improve your systems durability (what spinning platters?), increase battery life on your notebook, or simply allow you to clear out that drawer full of memory cards that were long since abandoned.

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