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March 3, 2010 6:22:06 PM

Seems kinda pricey to me
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March 3, 2010 6:46:52 PM

doesn't sound like consumer level pricing to me either!!
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March 3, 2010 6:49:06 PM

it uses JMicro controller supposedly, along with unimpressive performance for top-dollar...no thanks WD
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March 3, 2010 7:00:36 PM

Let me check if I can afford this

Job...... There are none
Loans.... Needed for general living expenses
Lotto winnings... Dream on

Priceless
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March 3, 2010 7:01:37 PM

I think OCZ sells 64GB drives cheaper than these.
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March 3, 2010 7:05:58 PM

210$ for the proven IOPS of an 80GB intel... why even look at this?
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March 3, 2010 7:15:47 PM

its good to see a main stream manufacture get on the ssd bandwagon. Even though their prices seem high now, I am hoping htis will start the price war on these drives.
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March 3, 2010 7:21:12 PM

What's the purpose of NCQ in an SSD? There's no rotating platter or a need to prioritize landing zones. Is this feature for real?
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March 3, 2010 7:24:40 PM

dark_lord69I think OCZ sells 64GB drives cheaper than these.


Yeah, of course a 64GB would sell for less than a 128GB or 256GB? But yes they are VERY pricey.

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March 3, 2010 7:26:48 PM

They are already selling them on newegg.
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March 3, 2010 7:32:29 PM

brendano257Yeah, of course a 64GB would sell for less than a 128GB or 256GB? But yes they are VERY pricey.


They have the 64GB model listed too, it is $279.

dark_lord69I think OCZ sells 64GB drives cheaper than these.


Newegg has an OCZ 64gb for $189, so you are right.

When they come down in price I will get one.
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March 3, 2010 7:35:41 PM

Sorry, the OCZ was 60GB for 189!
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March 3, 2010 7:40:26 PM

Why would you buy a SATA SSD with 256GB space for $999 when you can buy a PCI-e SSD with 256GB space for $1059?
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March 3, 2010 7:43:48 PM

80GB X25-M Intel SSDs sell for about $260 on Amazon and Newegg and come with version2 Trim and 32nm tech. These WD SSDs are a ripoff.
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March 3, 2010 7:45:02 PM

From all the reading that I've been doing on the HDD vs SSD; The SSD's " aren't there yet". I'd wait at least another generation to jump on their wagon. I'll stick with the slower 1 TB drives for $100.00.
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March 3, 2010 8:34:25 PM

Why would you buy a SATA SSD with 256GB space for $999 when you can buy a PCI-e SSD with 256GB space for $1059????????

I don't believe the PCI -SSD is bootable, therefore it can not replace your Hard Drive but rather be a second storage device. The average Joe isn't going to buy either of these yet, probably not for another 3 years when
the price is resasonable.
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March 3, 2010 9:06:22 PM

Price will never drop for SSD's until everyone stops buying at these ridiculous prices.
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March 3, 2010 9:17:27 PM

El_CapitanPrice will never drop for SSD's until everyone stops buying at these ridiculous prices.

u make me lol so hard


and WD is FINALLY IN THE MARKET? i remember a year ago they were bitching at the fact that 'there is no market for ssd's yet'...but they still manage to release overpriced, sub-par performing ssd's
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March 3, 2010 9:22:04 PM

Why would anyone want a blue edition SSD why would they manufacture such. All WD SSDs should be black editions.
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March 3, 2010 9:23:53 PM

WAAAHHHHHH WAAAAAAHHHHHH WHY CAN'T THEY BE CHEAPER.

If it costs too much, don't buy it. It's simple. Whining about high prices on every SSD news post isn't going to change the prices.
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March 3, 2010 9:47:05 PM

A little too late WD, i've already got 2 SSD's from OCZ
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March 3, 2010 9:47:30 PM

Anandtech has an actual review. They're overpriced SSDs whose value would still be questionable at half the MSRP.
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March 3, 2010 10:54:40 PM

hakestermanWhy would you buy a SATA SSD with 256GB space for $999 when you can buy a PCI-e SSD with 256GB space for $1059????????I don't believe the PCI -SSD is bootable, therefore it can not replace your Hard Drive but rather be a second storage device. The average Joe isn't going to buy either of these yet, probably not for another 3 years whenthe price is resasonable.


Well actually you could buy a USB stick or something to boot of from there and jump right on the PCI-E SSD. Should not be too complicate to make that happen.
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March 3, 2010 10:56:46 PM

Actualy I would buy an SSD for somewhere around a 1$ per GB but not higher than that.
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March 3, 2010 11:25:34 PM

Pro.....Western Digital SSD,More competition bring cost down

Con.....No SATA 6.0Gb/s interface,Cost
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March 3, 2010 11:25:41 PM

Seems kinda pricey? Are you kidding me? Thats ridiculous, I mean serious who can afford a 256 GB drive that costs 1000 dollars?! No thank you.
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March 3, 2010 11:42:59 PM

SSD's in general are far too pricey yet, at least for me. Hopefully, prices will drop more as time passes.
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March 3, 2010 11:44:32 PM

I can think of literally a dozen other things id rather spend 300+ than shaving up a couple ms of hdd seek times and such.
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March 3, 2010 11:55:26 PM

hakestermanI don't believe the PCI -SSD is bootable, therefore it can not replace your Hard Drive but rather be a second storage device.

They are bootable now, atleast according to the description on newegg.com. I also thought they werent bootable until I price checked it.
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March 4, 2010 1:30:08 AM

I checked NewEgg, and you can get the new (much better) Crucial C300 128M drive for $30 more than the WD. WD's drives are mediocre and way over priced.
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March 4, 2010 1:30:11 AM

I don't know why people will buy WD since OCZ, Corsair, Patriot and Crucial to name a few, have equally or better SSD with the same capacity and better pricing. Sometimes even $100 less than WD SSD.
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March 4, 2010 1:35:32 AM

Yay! kinda... I knew WD would get into SSD. I also knew they wouldn't do it before they were ready. (e.g. all those crappy jmicron based drives) I'm also disappointed with the prices though... I was hoping they'd actually bring performance ssd's to an affordable level
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March 4, 2010 3:05:44 AM

like everyone i was waiting for a storage "market leader" to come with an SSD offering... with this garbage I ask WD why did you even try in the first place... this is crap. I'll stick with my overpriced Intel thanks...
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March 4, 2010 3:19:58 AM

...still waiting for SSDs to come down more in price :( 
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March 4, 2010 3:36:34 AM

mayne92...still waiting for SSDs to come down more in price


refer to this.

one-shotWAAAHHHHHH WAAAAAAHHHHHH WHY CAN'T THEY BE CHEAPER.If it costs too much, don't buy it. It's simple. Whining about high prices on every SSD news post isn't going to change the prices.

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March 4, 2010 7:16:15 AM

I love WD, but think the price should be dropped a little. You can get an OCZ Solid 2 SSD for under $190. They just need some time to get their foot in the door I believe.
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March 4, 2010 8:31:48 AM

Yeah, the price is too high. BUT!!! I'm glad to see WD enter the market. I was wondering when they were gonna embrace Solid State goodness.
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March 4, 2010 11:51:37 AM

I'm actually beginning to grow tired of the SSD news and updates as long as it's not even at a consumer price point. $1,000 for a 256Gb drive is not interesting to me.
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March 4, 2010 2:29:03 PM

El_CapitanPrice will never drop for SSD's until everyone stops buying at these ridiculous prices.

Clearly you don't have a clue about economics.
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March 4, 2010 5:24:29 PM

$999 for a 256GB hard drive isn't "Consumer" friendly lol
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March 4, 2010 6:55:00 PM

Lets face it, SSD tech has been here long enough drop the prices some more already. I see no point in updating my traditional hard drive.
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March 6, 2010 5:48:04 PM

Half that 64GB's price would be acceptable for a 48GB SSD.
$128 for 32-48GB seems good enough for netbooks and laptops to me.
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March 8, 2010 6:05:26 AM

32-48GB is nothing specially when you have an OS like Win 7, once you load the OS and a few apps/games you basically max out the drive, then what?


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