1) All these companies jumping in to the SSD party means that the SSD market must be ridiculously lucrative, so those $3-$4+ per GB figures we are paying must be truly outrageous. I wonder what the margins are on the drives.
2) I'm glad that all these companies are jumping in because it will accelerate the price drops.
[citation][nom]Gin Fushicho[/nom]More competition. =)[/citation]
Im with you man. Theyve been in existence for almost 10 years and they are still pretty expensive for a relatively small drive. Not saying Im not looking at a vertex turbo 120gb or anything but I'd like it to not stab me in the wallet when I do. The more people that are in the market the better IMHO.
Um they haven't been around for ten years Dude. The technology you are talking about is PCI SSD's Cards
that were bootable but they never took off because they were to expensive. And obviously they didn't learn from that because their at it again and they cost between $1,500.00 to $ 4,000.00 for the new ones. SSD Hard Drives as we know them now are only 3 years old.
[citation][nom]descendency[/nom]Can someone please explain how this drive is competitive? It doesn't seem like it will be competitive in the average consumer market. Maybe with those IOPS it will be nice in other markets...[/citation]
Maybe if they priced the 64GB around $150 or less, but you can reliably get a much better spec'ed Indilinx-based drive for under $200. Everyone always keeps repeating "competition -> lower prices" but it really hasn't been happening with SSDs despite yet another "competitor" joining the fray pretty much every month...
I'm seeing the competition, but not the price decreases. Over $200 for a 64GB that gets such crappy read/writes? Why not just get any number of older, cheaper, faster drives by any number of manufacturers. My two OCZ Agility's come to mind- the write rate on those is faster than the read rate on this one.
[citation][nom]falchard[/nom]This seems sloooow and expensive. You can get Platter HDDs that perform better then these SSDs.[/citation]
Definitely NOT. SSDs have Read/Writes in the hundreds of MB and latency in fractions of a millisecond. Even VelociRaptor drives have latencies of about 4 ms and Read/Writes that do not even come close to SSDs. Expensive? Yes. Slow? No.