Intel reduces price on X25-M SSDs

By Justin Mann on April 28, 2009, 12:18 PM
SSDs have the capacity, they have the performance and the availability needed to compete with magnetic hard drives. But there’s still one area left where vast improvement is needed, and that's in pricing. When you can get 2TB of space for under $150, who would want to pay four times as much for a fraction of that? Not many. Intel in particular realizes that and is tackling the problem with a significant price drop for their hardware.

Starting with the very fast X25-M, Intel has implemented price drops of $50 on the 80GB model and $100 on the 160GB model. That puts each drive at $319 and $629, respectively. These prices have already been reflected in online retail sites, such as Newegg. While not falling into the realm of “cheap,” pricing for all SSDs has come a long way. Intel, at least, is now on more level ground with their competition.

No other price drops on their higher-end SSDs are planned. At these prices, Intel does have a chance to get their drives into many more machines, particularly laptops, where the price difference between hard drives and SSDs isn't as large and the advantages of SSDs can really shine.

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windmill007 said:
We just bought the OCZ vortex SSD 60GB for $219 at work for a few computer and wow does these babies fly. You can get the 30GB for around $130 so I think these are alot better deal than the intel SSD which don't give you much more for a lot bigger price. I think by next year SSD will start to over take traditional drives in laptops and most desktops. These are so much better they just need to get the space up higher but these make great OS boot drives and you can then leave the traditional 1TB drives for your APPS, etc. Get one of these and it almost feels like your computer is from the future. I am gonna wait till early next year then get a few of these to put in raid as my main OS.
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