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SSD shipments spike in 2013

SSD shipments spike in 2013

Shipments of SSDs rose a massive 82 per cent in 2013, despite a troubled PC market, with IHS iSuppli predicting continued growth.

Sales of solid-state drives nearly doubled in the last year, with market watcher IHS iSuppli claiming that shipments of the units rose by 82 per cent in 2013 as prices continued to fall.

The benefits of solid-state storage are obvious: SSDs are silent, low-power, far more likely to survive a heavy impact while operating and considerably faster. They do have a few negative points to consider, however: a limited lifespan, high cost-per-gigabyte and smaller capacities than the spinning-rust drives they are working to supplant.

Recently, however, SSDs have been getting cheaper and the market has responded accordingly. IHS iSuppli's latest figures for the storage market claim an increase of 82 per cent in SSD shipments for the year just ended, although that massive boost doesn't appear to have come at a major cost to traditional devices with mechanical hard drives dropping just five per cent over the same period.

The biggest loser in the storage market, however, was optical drives: despite increased interest in high-definition content, which for many will only ever be available on physical storage thanks to draconian data allowances and slow internet connectivity, shipments of optical drives dropped by 12 per cent over the year - a continuing slide, the company notes.

'The SSD sector is easily the most promising, compared to a struggling HDD segment that remains huge but is still trying to find its footing in a shifting environment,' noted IHS analyst Fang Zhang in the company's report, 'or to the more beleaguered [optical drive] space that’s now become irrelevant.'

The growth in SSD shipments is expected to continue, with the company predicting a further 50 per cent increase this year despite a struggling market for desktops and laptops. Mechanical drives will continue to account for the majority of the market, however, with the company predicting sales of 397 million drives in 2017 compared to just 190 million SSDs.

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Corky42 7th February 2014, 11:08 Quote
It seems odd to me that IHS counts optical drives, HDD and SSD but doesn't track USB drive.
From what i have read they claim that storage sales fell 5% last year but if they counted USB drives, that i think people maybe using instead of optical it may not have shown a decline.
DriftCarl 8th February 2014, 10:57 Quote
I havn't had an optical drive for about 3/4 years now. I have windows 7 install on a bootable USB drive if I ever need to re-install. And all my games are downloaded via the likes of steam, origin ect.
Backups of essential files are also on USB's and "the cloud"
SchizoFrog 8th February 2014, 17:30 Quote
PCs without optical drives are an option for many but there are still certain situations where they will always be needed as long as the entertainment industry still supports them. I wouldn't dream of building a HTPC without one as not all CDs, DVDs or Blu-Rays have digital versions although for all other builds I would probably opt to go without and will probably invest in an external burner at some point for that 'just in case' scenario.
law99 9th February 2014, 00:05 Quote
Blu-ray is a must for my htpc. Not only that but games are quite often cheaper in physical format. For those reasons alone I say **** you and raise two fingers to the anti-physical media brigade. Now, if they started packaging games and movies on thumb drives, I'd be right behind you.
rayson 10th February 2014, 09:06 Quote
games maybe cheaper but u can always dump the key in steam origin or likewise and download them and throw away the disc. but that maybe just be being spoiled by my internet connection. also i don't have a optical drive.
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