Intel Ships X25-V 40GB $125 SSDs Worldwide

Intel announced Monday that it has shipped its value-priced SSD worldwide. Priced at $125, the Intel X25-V Value SATA SSD offers 40GB of 34nm NAND flash memory and targets notebook users and desktop owners using more than one drive. For the latter group, Intel's new SSD would be ideal to use as the default boot-up drive, offering faster read and write speeds than the clunkier HDD.

The X25-V isn't exactly new. As we reported in January, Newegg already had its claws on the drive, selling it online for $129.99. It was also noted that the drive does sequential reads of up to 170MB/s and write speeds of up to 35MB/s. Consumers willing to dump a bit more money into a SSD could get the meatier X25-M (80GB) which provides up to 250MB/s reads speeds and up to 70MB/s write speeds.

But for the cash-strapped consumer, Intel's new SSD seems like a deal. "The Intel solid-state drive is our top-selling SSD," said Stephen Yang, product manager for solid-state drives at Newegg.com. "This new value entry from Intel means more customers will have the chance to experience the benefits of SSDs, not just in notebooks or high-end PCs, but in mainstream desktops as a boot drive. This is the right price point to help convert more users to SSD computing."

Intel added that the X25-V supports the Microsoft Windows 7 Trim function via the Intel SSD Optimizer. Also included is the Intel SSD Toolbox for Windows 7, as set of utility tools to keep the drive spunky and out-of-the-box fresh. XP and Vista users can download the "enhancements" by heading here.

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  • OvrClkr
    I dont think intel has gotten the message yet. We cannot do anything with 40Gb of space. And the fact that 35Mb/s write speed is useless when you can spend the same amount of cash on a platter drive that has 25 times the space. Yes the SSD will be faster overall but that does not justify the pricetag. Many may think that 129.99$ is small amount to pay for such a drive, but this is because they have been overpriced since the get-go.

    SSD's are comparable to flash drive's, not performance-wise but the fact that they do not cost much to produce but yet we still get stiffed because they are faster than conventional HDD's. When the first flash drive came out the pricetag was outrageous even though it costs pennys to produce. As time progressed the prices came down and today you can get a 16Gb for less than 20 dollars on e-bay =) . Im not saying that SSD's should come down in price at the same rate that the thumbdrives did but I think that we all know by now that we are not getting a fair price regardless of how fast SSD's are.

    Im going to give you another example. My sister works for a company called Cinram (motorola). While many of you might think that the latest smartphone must cost alot to produce, you are actually going to be surprised that the parts needed to build the new Droid cost a mear 17.38$ w/o the battery. Verizon's first pricetag on the Droid was 399.99@ w/ 2 year contract and 599.99$ w/o a contract. Now you can get a Buy one Get one Free for 199.99@ with 2 year contract.. You do the math =)
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  • thegreathuntingdolphin
    RAWR I thought SSD prices would drop faster than they have been. I am still waiting for the sweet spot: ~ 80 GB for under $100.
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  • noodlegts
    Very slow for an SSD. I'll stick with my Velociraptor for now...
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  • OvrClkr
    I dont think intel has gotten the message yet. We cannot do anything with 40Gb of space. And the fact that 35Mb/s write speed is useless when you can spend the same amount of cash on a platter drive that has 25 times the space. Yes the SSD will be faster overall but that does not justify the pricetag. Many may think that 129.99$ is small amount to pay for such a drive, but this is because they have been overpriced since the get-go.

    SSD's are comparable to flash drive's, not performance-wise but the fact that they do not cost much to produce but yet we still get stiffed because they are faster than conventional HDD's. When the first flash drive came out the pricetag was outrageous even though it costs pennys to produce. As time progressed the prices came down and today you can get a 16Gb for less than 20 dollars on e-bay =) . Im not saying that SSD's should come down in price at the same rate that the thumbdrives did but I think that we all know by now that we are not getting a fair price regardless of how fast SSD's are.

    Im going to give you another example. My sister works for a company called Cinram (motorola). While many of you might think that the latest smartphone must cost alot to produce, you are actually going to be surprised that the parts needed to build the new Droid cost a mear 17.38$ w/o the battery. Verizon's first pricetag on the Droid was 399.99@ w/ 2 year contract and 599.99$ w/o a contract. Now you can get a Buy one Get one Free for 199.99@ with 2 year contract.. You do the math =)
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  • builderbobftw
    Slow for a SSD, Expensive, No Storage capacity...

    I'll stick to the 7200.12 1tb, Spinpoint F3 1tb, and the WD black 1tb.

    All for less than the 40gb X25-V.
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  • noodlegts
    Very slow for an SSD. I'll stick with my Velociraptor for now...
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