At what point do you start taking into consideration - the real price difference between the 15k rpm hard drives and the SSD’s - oh and the MTBF too?
Then apply that to the average/every day user that can solve the speed, power consumption and MTBF issues with just one $200-$300 SSD.
Oh - and being able to make it apply to either laptops or desktops.[/QUOTE]
Actually, I’m not in the market for an ULTRA high tech PC anyway so these are PREMIUM drives based on a VERY HIGH SPEC PC. In most comparisons I’ve seen 15k drives in raid to have certain application / content creation advantage over flash in head-to-head tests. That said, there are other considerations that favor flash. If SSD makers would have kept to the high MTBF that they used to have and further pushed throughput they’d be quite desireable and could end up in the mass market, but that’s not the case yet. As I indicate above, these HIGH END drives are not generally for the average user / pc owner. Flash has applications high-end gaming rigs, rack servers, and military/corporate operations. When those markets have virtually unlimited wads of cash to spend/splurge the prices will remain sky-high. That may or may not help innovation because these customers aren’t demanding a higher bar be placed on the technology… (throughput, capacity, mtbf, etc…) they take what they can get…and pay too much, lol