Monday, 15 November 2010 15:20

Intel slashes SSD pricing

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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And adds a new 120GB model
Xmas is approaching and, as we’ve learned to expect, companies are working round the clock to lure more customers. This time around, Intel announced a new 120GB SSD model and announced price cuts, something we all love to hear.

The 80GB X25-M Mainstream SATA SSD now sells for US$179 whereas its big brother, the 160GB X25-M, sells for US$399. The newly announced 120GB version of the Intel X25-M will sell for US$239 whereas the 40GB Intel X25-V "boot drive" now goes for $99. All prices are for quantities of 1,000.

Troy Winslow, director of product marketing at Intel NAND Solutions Group said how “Every year at Christmas, customers are looking for attractive new technical devices” and that thanks to that, SSDs are slowly creeping into mainstream.

Well, at least they didn’t give us the “We wanted to help and surprise our customers because we’re a caring bunch” talk, for which every sane adult knows it's bull-feces in their purest form. So, for your honesty, have a premature Marry Xmas and may Santa bring you much profit.

Last modified on Monday, 15 November 2010 15:29
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+23 #1 Memristor 2010-11-15 16:02
These are still 2nd generation drives with IMFT 34nm MLC and old controller. It looks more like a stock sweep to make room for the 3rd generation IMFT 25nm MLC drives.
 
 
+16 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-11-15 16:10
@Memristor, I don't think anyone would expect something else from intel.
 
 
+12 #3 Nerdfighter 2010-11-15 16:16
Best value SSD out there right now IMO is the OCZ Onyx 2 120GB. Has a Sandforce 1200 and sells for ~170€. It's nice to see SSD manufacturers starting to slice prices though.
 
 
+11 #4 Steve-O 2010-11-15 16:52
Something is better than nothing. Or Intel finally realized that 15 other companies make better drives at lower costs.
 
 
+13 #5 BernardP 2010-11-15 17:22
If you want an Intel SSD, better wait in early 2011 for the new lineup.

Yes, the Sandforce 1200 controller has great performance, but this is the result of using a "trick": on-the-fly compression. The performance is lower when copying/writing already-compressed data, such as video and mp3 files.
 
 
-7 #6 Wolfdale 2010-11-15 23:07
Quoting Steve-O:
Something is better than nothing. Or Intel finally realized that 15 other companies make better drives at lower costs.



ahem.. i would rather spend that money on a few hdd's in raid + silencer casings than a ssd with mediocre capacity, and a whole list of known cons

heck you can allmost get a 2tb+nas for those prices they want for a >200gb ssd that delivers .. decent.. preformance..
 
 
0 #7 thomasg 2010-11-16 16:49
Quoting Wolfdale:
heck you can allmost get a 2tb+nas for those prices they want for a >200gb ssd that delivers .. decent.. preformance..


Decent compared to other SSD's, but faster than any platter-based hard drive.
 
 
+1 #8 Naterm 2010-11-18 10:10
What is it with people that can't understand that SSDs are not for bulk storage? I'm not going to buy an SSD of any kind expecting to house my collection of Blu-Rays on it. They're for your operating system and your programs.

This situation becomes a little bit more complicated when you're dealing with laptops. That said people who use only a laptop can usually lug a decent sized 2.5" external drive when they go on the road. If they have a high-end notebook like an Elitebook they can usually use two drives and with a Macbook Pro you can buy an adapter to mount an extra drive in the optical bay. It's not an insurmountable problem by any means.
 
 
0 #9 loadwick 2010-11-26 03:04
http://www.fudzilla.com/memory/item/19953-next-generation-ddr4-sdram-reaches-over-4ghz-speeds

Why will it take until 2015 to get RAM down to 25nm?

Intel has 25nm SSDs out already, is it really that much harder to make RAM or is it just because Intel doesn't make RAM and everyone else is years behind?
 
 
0 #10 crackerz 2011-02-24 19:54
Quoting loadwick:
http://www.fudzilla.com/memory/item/19953-next-generation-ddr4-sdram-reaches-over-4ghz-speeds

Why will it take until 2015 to get RAM down to 25nm?

Intel has 25nm SSDs out already, is it really that much harder to make RAM or is it just because Intel doesn't make RAM and everyone else is years behind?


Loadwick don't compare oranges with apples. Ram has refresh rate.. different kind of connection(unti l 2015 we might see DDR5 and in graphics department GDDR7), so the short question is yes its much harder
 

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