The SSD is perhaps the most notable upgrade for non-gamers. Most people don’t actually notice that their processor is a little faster or they have a few gigabytes more RAM, but they do notice how much faster Windows starts up — not to mention how much easier it is to run memory-intensive programs like Photoshop. .
Right now, the main reason to still have a hard drive is cost. At the time of this article’s publication, you can get a new terabyte hard drive for about $50. An SSD of the same capacity costs around $400, which is impractical for most users.
However, a new breakthrough from Toshiba could change all that.
For a long time, the path of progress in flash memory has been building smaller and smaller gates that store less and less charge. However, this process can only continue for so long as small gates become more and more error-prone. Recently, there has been a trend towards deeper memory layering in 3D, getting more memory from the same amount of silicon.
Samsung and the Intel-Micron combine have announced their own 3D memory technology that delivers more capacity at a lower cost than previous technologies.
It would also make flash storage more cost-competitive — if SSDs were about three times as expensive as HDDs (with one TB around $140), OEMS could ditch the HDD from entry-level PCs in favor of pure SSDs. machines.