I'm in Europe, so perhaps the price order plays out quite differently than in North America. The prices below are a snapshot of some of the 120GB drives I had short listed previously, plus a couple of others for relative price comparsion. I removed tax and converted to US dollars.
$76 - Crucial M500 120GB
$82 - Toshiba Q-Series 128GB
$86 - Seagate 600 SSD 120GB
$90 - Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB*
$102 - Toshiba Q-Series Pro 128GB**
$102 - OCZ Vertex 460 120GB
$122 - SanDisk Extreme II 120GB
$127 - Samsung SSD 840 Pro 128GB
$130 - OCZ Vector 150 120GB
The way things are at the moment prices are changing quite frequently, several times a day in some cases. The SanDisk Extreme II was actually $110 not long ago and I really wish I'd known sooner how good it was, would've grabbed one at that price for myself. Still, I think I might be needing to put together a system or two for other people next month so I will be watching the prices for a while.
*840 EVO dropped in price by $6 since I posted this thread.
**Toshiba Q-Series Pro is only listed by a few sellers so far, once it arrives in other stores I expect the price to drop quite a bit and very likely undercut the 840 Evo.
A few other thoughts after seeing prices change for the last 6-8 weeks: it looks like there is currently a phase of price competition or inventory clearing. Perhaps flash prices have dropped? (SDHC cards are also getting cheaper again) but I'm not sure NAND prices would explain the rapid prices changes on stock already in retail. I wonder if the most likely explanantion is that this is a prelude to new generation of drives about to be announced? particularly from Crucial and Samsung, maybe also Intel. A few stores have jumped the gun and listed the Intel 730 Series SSD at 480Gb (it's probably an enterprise class drive and not so interesting for consumers)
Edited by Seville Orange, 07 February 2014 - 01:25 AM.