This year we decided not to publish a fully-fledged Black Friday-related article, but instead release several news-stories covering hot prices on popular products. Please note that in many cases Black Friday prices are valid in online stores from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Nonetheless, some offerings are limited in time or quantities the retailer/e-tailer has.
Small-capacity solid-state drives, which were primarily used as boot drives, have been in the consumer price range for over a year now. But only recently the cost of SSDs started to drop significantly below $1 per gigabyte, which made it possible for mainstream end-users to obtain an SSD of proper capacity at an adequate cost.
On last year’s Black Friday there were numerous solid-state drives priced below $100 with 60GB – 90GB capacity. Those SSDs were fine and could be used as something else than as boot drives. Unfortunately, none of them featured leading-edge performance. This year, there are loads of solid-state drives priced below $100 that offer very high performance (e.g., 555MB/s read speed and 500MB/s write speed). Moreover, at about $150, it is now possible to get a high-performance and high-capacity SSD thanks to advances in technology and discounts on Black Friday.
Here are some sweet deals on inexpensive SSDs that we managed to find:
- Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SH103S3/120G SSD for $97.89 at Amazon
- Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SH103S3/240G SSD for $164.99 at Newegg
- SanDisk Extreme 120GB SDSSDX-120G-G25 SSD for $84.99 at Amazon
- Intel 330 180GB SSDSC2CT180A3K5 SSD for $89.99 at TigerDirect
- Samsung 840-series 250GB MZ-7TD250BW SSD for $179.99 with promo code BLKFRIDAY50 at Newegg
- Crucial v4 128GB SSD for $84.99 at CompUSA
The prices of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory are gradually decreasing and SSD makers are starting to adopt even cheaper triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash, it is safe to say that next Black Friday we will see high-end 240GB SSDs that will cost less than $100. Moreover, even leading-edge SSDs with jaw-dropping performance will not be too expensive going forward, thanks to mature and robust SSD controllers as well as low costs of NAND memory. In fact, SSDs are about to become a de-facto standard for high-performance PCs.