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Intel releases more affordable X25-V solid-state drive

By Jos
Mar 15, 2010
  1. Even though it has been available for a while at certain online retailers, Intel today officially announced the 40GB X25-V solid-state drive, a cut-down version of its X25-M model that will sell for a mere $125. The new drive is being marketed as an "entry-level" option for use in netbooks or dual-drive desktop PCs, where it would serve as a boot drive to offer users faster boot times and faster access to key applications.

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  2. saberon2010

    saberon2010 TS Rookie

    huh? This drive has been out for months, I bought one in January
     
  3. Neojt

    Neojt TS Enthusiast Posts: 149   +10

    its nice to see SSD price drops but it would be nicer if they dropped the price on actual SSD performance ones.
    This is like a slow SSD ... it kinda breaks the piont of getting SSD
     
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,387   +425

    Nice to see the prices finally coming down on these SSD's. They should be just in line with what I really want to pay come next spring when I do my next upgrade. ;-)
     
  5. buendia

    buendia TS Rookie Posts: 29

    I really want these SSD drives go really cheap; otherwise I can't afford it.
    I'm tired of slow hard drives.
     
  6. saberon2010

    saberon2010 TS Rookie

    This is a wonderful SSD, the write speeds don't even matter that much. How much are you going to be writing to this drive anyways? It has amazing random IO. SSD's are mostly about read, 170MB/s is awesome for that. People see this as just a "budget SSD" but its actually really good in real world use
     
  7. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    I know - I have seen it for a long time as well.
     
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,093   +86 Staff Member

    The very first sentence of the article folks:

    Previous coverage on the drive from last year:

    http://www.techspot.com/news/36918-intel-to-launch-lowcost-40gb-ssd-new-enterprise-lineup.html

    http://www.techspot.com/news/37382-intels-budgetconscious-40gb-x25v-ssd-appears-online-.html
     
  9. Serag

    Serag TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Yea I was about to mention the same thing, people rush in to comment, no wonder why :D
     
  10. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 593   +47

    I just can't justify spending more money on meagerly sized hard drives than I did on my video card (talking about the X25-M). When they're this price in 500+GB capacities, then I might fork over the green.
     
  11. cocodel

    cocodel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    A good alternative is to buy 10k rpm hdd wich offer good performance at decent prices
     
     
  12. Kovach

    Kovach TS Rookie Posts: 44

    "...the X25-V is limited to 170MB/s for reads and just 35MB/s for writes". I think it's not worth of that money? What do you think guys?
     
  13. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 853   +11

    It may be cheaper, but seems kinda slow for a SSD - and with the whole point of SSD drives being FAST that kinds defeats the purpose to me.

    And I have to agree with everyone. Would love one of these drives to put my Windows on and maybe a few programs I use a lot and want a fast load time, but I can't justify the prices they want for an SSD just to save me some time loading, and get a bit better performance. I would like to see the prices on the 32gb or so to come down, instead of larger and larger ones coming out that cost almost as much as my entire PC build.
     
  14. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Intel still think they can impose their Intel tax on their SSDs... there are plenty of better SSDs around that price point now. Sure, the read speed is ok but the write speed is pretty lame and will be outdated in a few months.
     
  15. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Enthusiast Posts: 140   +31

    I want an SSD so bad, but I can't justify the price. Even with a price as low as this, you sacrifice the speed, and that's the whole point in buying the thing.

    *sits on hands waiting for prices to drop farther*
     
  16. tripplejjj

    tripplejjj TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Why don't SSD manufacturers get it? On the computers capable of only one hard drive like the netbooks and notebooks, size do matter a lot. If I put this 40 GB SSD on my notebook as a boot drive, then all I got is a boot drive. What about my data files like pictures, music, videos, and documents? Are the manufacturers expecting netbook and notebook users to carry around additional external storage devices? Also, did the manufacturers not think that users would need to install other programs as well. Hello!

    Having said all that, you can't make a smaller capacity SSD with inferior performance then charge the consumers higher prices based on size/cost. Am I missing something?
     
  17. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    i think it is not a purely SSD!
    but it is a good and cheap option!
     
  18. Concorde

    Concorde TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Reading the comments it seems as if the price of SSD drives is the major consideration with capacity a close second, also speed of course. For new technology perhaps we should just go out and purchase one to give one a try, to enjoy the silence and the speed available with the right setup.
     
  19. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Seems like bad value for money, i'd rather save up and buy a bigger, faster one than splurge on this relatively poor one.
     
  20. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    I love my X-25M G2. Windows 7, some programs, and a couple games--it's amazing. This would be a great drive to upgrade to if you have a space open in a laptop that has dual HDD bays.
     
  21. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    I'll still wait till the price comes down, by the way some really good hard drives can get that speed like the WD Black's.
     
  22. Aneesh

    Aneesh TS Rookie Posts: 22

    i think it is more usefull for heavy laptop users.
     
  23. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 205   +10

    Still can't justify the price. My son was upgrading his computer after hoarding cash from Christmas/birthday/other presents and decided that he wanted an SSD. After going over to Micro Center being ready to spend some serious money and looking at the drives we figured that it was not worth it. We ended up getting two 300 GB Velociraptors for around $450 total, sticking them in into the computer in a striped RAID and calling it a day. Came out at around $0.70 per GB vs. about $3.30 per GB for an SSD. The performance difference ultimately did not justify almost five times difference in price. Verdict - I'm waiting for a couple more years for the prices to come down. I would consider it if the price was about $1.00 to $1.50 per GB.
     
  24. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    My comment was more on the lines of why did Intel wait so long to official announce it, not that there was a mistake (or timing issue) in the article. Maybe they were trying to downplay it until the competition started releasing similar priced drives so not to take from their higher end sales? Not sure.
     
  25. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    The price is certainly attractive but I would prefer more performance for the money. Even if they had to shrink it down a little to say 32GB to provide a faster drive for the same cost I might consider it. Maybe as more and more of these "cheaper" drives are released we'll see some "shootout" type reviews comparing them.
     
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