Right around Black Friday we posted a review of the Intel 530 Series SSD and stated that going forward, 50 cents per GB would be the new normal. We've seen this price since the holidays on larger 512GB and 1TB class drives but small 128GB and 256GB drives were still a little over that price point.
It looks like the magic .50 per GB is starting to hit the 256GB class drives now. Crucial / Micron have the M500 240GB priced at that level now and we suspect more will fall. This morning I had a call from an industry insider and was told that Micron NAND flash is dirt cheap right now.
Since flash is the largest cost on the build of materials list, this is good news for SSD shoppers. Low cost flash means low cost SSDs. This is an interesting time for enthusiasts and power users because we're at the limits of SATA III on most SSDs already. The new prices open the door for lower priced RAID arrays especially for those using Intel chipsets that allow for RAID 0 with working TRIM.