Consumer SSDs and hard drive prices are nearing parity

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The prices of mainstream consumer SSDs have fallen dramatically every year over the past three, and by 2017 they are expected to be within 11 cents of the per-gigabyte price of hard disk drives (HDDs).

The plummeting prices have also driven the recent adoption of SSDs in laptops. This year, they will be used by manufacturers in about 24% to 25% of laptops, according to a new report by DRAMeXchange, a division of market research firm TrendForce.

Next year, SSDs are expected to be in 31% of new consumer laptops, and by 2017 they’ll be in 41% of them, according to DRAMeXchange senior manager Alan Chen.

Nearing price parity

This marks the fourth straight quarter that the SSD price decline has exceed 10%. But, as popular as they’ve become, the adoption rate will fall below expectations this year, DRAMeXchange stated.

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