As we mentioned earlier in the article, there are no losers when it comes to the products we tested today. Each drive has a leg up on the others in some area. It could be price, short or long-term performance, exceptional performance in a notebook or something as simple as a price advantage.
We also have a holiday theme going in this article but you don't need to wait on someone else to pull the trigger before stuffing one of these great drives in your system. An SSD might not be on your secret shopper's list either, but I don't know anyone that doesn't want a faster PC experience. The increased capacity also let's people use their computer again like it sport a hard disk drive, less moving or deleting data like you do with a smaller SSD.
We've heard the promise of high capacity SSDs coming for several years now. Intel's former CEO famously said on stage that 3D flash would enable "4TB in the size of a stick of gum." It's been a few years and people are eager to not only see these products but to experience them as well.
Over the next twelve to eighteen months, market conditions should allow companies to ship realistic 4TB products. In January, we should start to see the latest 96-layer memory from most of the fabs and customer SSD manufacturers. We've already tested an early reference design sample with 2TB of 96-layer memory. 2TB will be the standard like 1TB is now for enthusiasts in just a few months. That doesn't mean you need to wait for more options to emerge. As we saw today, there are really strong options available today and prices are affordable. We expect to see some movement on pricing towards the end of November so be on the lookout for great deals as we get closer.
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