Last month we reported on the trend of rising memory prices due to DRAM supply constraints. Recently, we’ve seen a similar trend in NAND flash.
Since we introduced our first Solid State Drive in January 2010, we’ve been following the pricing and availability of components very closely. As part of our continuing efforts to keep our readers well-informed on industry trends that could affect purchasing decisions, we’ve been witnessing a price increase in NAND flash modules themselves.
For quite a while, it seemed that the longer you waited to upgrade to a SSD, the lower price you could get. Now, though, the pricing on 64Gb NAND has increased 31% since January, and just like with DRAM, it takes a few months for any component’s increased cost to affect the retail pricing of the final product. So, while prices have not yet begun to rise, the recent trend of falling SSD prices has certainly stopped at this point.
With NAND flash prices on the rise, it isn’t just SSDs that will be affected. Flash Memory Cards, USB drives, and other NAND flash based products may see similar upticks in pricing in the upcoming months.
Our purchasing suggestion?
It is very likely that we are at the bottom of the retail pricing curve and from our market analysis, prices are likely to start rising in the short term before continuing the natural progression of lower pricing over time. If you’re planning on purchasing a Solid State Drive during 2013 – now is probably the best time as far as pricing goes.
We’ve been waiting and waiting for Apple to release the next version of OS X Mountain Lion in hopes that the next full version would have all the necessary components to setup a Fusion drive on any Mac capable of installing a hard drive and SSD together. A little over a week ago, Apple released OS X version 10.8.3 and, with one small caveat, our hopes were fulfilled.
The Profusion Of Fusion Confusion
But before we get to showing you exactly how to setup your own DIY Fusion drive, I’d like to dispel some mis-information that has been floating around the web. Up until now, most of the reports you’ve read about creating your own DIY Fusion drive on a machine have been incomplete. There have been many tutorials on how to create a Core Storage volume that have been labeled as “how to create a Fusion drive”. They are two similar, yet different drive configurations. I’ve addressed a lot of this information in comments on the OWC Blog, but figure it would be a good idea to review and further explain what a Fusion drive actually is as opposed to a Core Storage volume. Article Continues…
As you may recall, Apple changed the hard drive upgrading game with the 2011 iMac.
Up until 2009, changing a drive was easy once you could get to it. A few screws here, a connector there and voila – you were good to go. And OWC had you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
With the late 2009 iMacs, Apple introduced a different connector for each brand drive, but as long as you stayed within the same hard drive brand, then it was the same, once you got to it – it was easy-peasy to make the old switch-a-roo. And OWC had you covered for your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
Then came the 2010 iMacs and the ‘same for same’ caveat still applied, but the 27″ iMac model introduced an additional SATA drive connection on the motherboard and the OWC Turnkey Upgrade program was born. Send us your 27″ iMac and we’d add up to 3 SSDs or even an eSATA port. It was a little more difficult, so we started with a do-it-for-you service, then made it available as a DIY kit. And OWC had you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
Lo and behold, the 2011 iMac changed the game again, no longer could you swap out the drive without failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT) and sending the fans into a tizzy. Soon after, we expanded the iMac Turnkey Program with our Do-it-for-you service on these machines as well. And, now, we’re happy to announce that we’ve crafted that solution into an elegant little DIY Kit. So, once again, OWC has you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades. Article Continues…
Newer Technology, Inc. today announced the miniStack MAX, the only four-in-one external drive, optical drive, SD card reader and USB powered hub solution on the market. This new version of the time-proven, award-winning miniStack design supports multiple interfaces for Plug and Play storage of entire music, photo and video libraries, as well as burning backups via the internal optical drive, with new and legacy Macs or PCs.
Sized for the Mac mini, Ideal for Any Computer
Elegantly designed with an aluminum finish body and glossy black top, the miniStack MAX matches the size of the Mac mini for a stackable, seamless look. The miniStack MAX also provides Plug and Play ease of use with any Mac or PC that has an available USB 3.0, USB 2.0, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or eSATA port. With its “quad-interface” versatility and ultra-compact form factor, the miniStack MAX delivers cross-platform portability, enabling users to move easily among multiple Macintosh computers and laptops and virtually any Windows-based computer with a USB, FireWire, or eSATA port.
Other World Computing announced today its OWC Aura Pro, the industry’s only high-performance Solid State Drive upgrade for all 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display (rMBP) computers, is now available in a 240GB capacity that offers up to 2x the capacity of the factory base SSD found in the 13″ rMBP model.
A Better Upgrade Value Than Factory Option
The 13″ rMBP comes standard with a 128GB SSD and it costs $300 to upgrade at the factory to a 256GB SSD. However, when upgrading directly with the factory, consumers have paid for that base 128GB module, but do not get that original base flash module returned to them for re-use.
The OWC Aura Pro SSD and Envoy Pro enclosure bundle comes complete with installation tools, installation video, and offers comparable cost and capacity — $319.99 and 240GB (256GB SSD before 7% over-provisioning) — to the factory 256GB upgrade option, but with the added value of being able to use the factory base SSD module as an external storage device via the Envoy Pro. Article Continues…