SSD prices have fallen over time, and according to industry analyst TrendForce , that trend will continue throughout the holiday season and beyond. Storage Newsletter today published an article in which it indicated that the average price of NAND flash memory, the main component of SSDs, will drop by another 10% by the end of the year , and then decrease by another 15% in the first quarter of 2021 .
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The main causes of this price fluctuation are to be found in the high amount of chip stocks already available and the large production of NAND wafers, which lead to an imbalance between supply and demand. At the same time, the demand for SSDs is decreasing in the server market. All in all, this should cause average prices to drop by 10% in the fourth quarter of 2020. At the beginning of next year, this trend will continue as NAND flash inventories become more abundant.
This is great news for those looking to buy a new SSD right now. High-capacity NVMe SSDs have become incredibly cheap, competing directly with SATA SSDs that were the only alternative for larger denominations.
A few days ago, Western Digital announced its first M.2 SSD on the PCI Express 4.0 interface of the WD Black gaming line : SN850 . The device promises speeds of up to 7GB / s, 1 million IOPS and is marketed in the denominations of 500GB (€ 152.99), 1TB (€ 274.99) and 2TB (€ 549.99). Like the previous SN750, the unit is initially available without a heatsink, while a new version will arrive in the first quarter of next year with a heat sink and RGB LEDs.
Additionally, Crucial recently expanded its P2 SSD range with new, higher capacity models. In fact, the low-end unit series has gained the 1TB and 2TB models, offering gamers a good compromise between good speed, high capacity and low price.