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Intel Ships X25-V 40GB $125 SSDs Worldwide

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Intel wants you on SSDs!

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 , March 16, 2010 6:14 PM
    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 , March 16, 2010 7:01 PM
    RAWR I thought SSD prices would drop faster than they have been. I am still waiting for the sweet spot: ~ 80 GB for under $100.
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    noodlegts , March 16, 2010 6:40 PM
    Very slow for an SSD. I'll stick with my Velociraptor for now...
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    OvrClkr , March 16, 2010 6:14 PM
    I dont think intel has gotten the message yet. We cannot do anything with 40Gb of space. And the fact that 35Mb/s write speed is useless when you can spend the same amount of cash on a platter drive that has 25 times the space. Yes the SSD will be faster overall but that does not justify the pricetag. Many may think that 129.99$ 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 , March 16, 2010 6:35 PM
    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 , March 16, 2010 6:40 PM
    Very slow for an SSD. I'll stick with my Velociraptor for now...
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2010 6:41 PM
    I have one and i am experiencing 220 mbs reads and 60mbs burst 47mbs continuous write. Excellent ssd for the price and 40 gigs is perfect for me my install after being trimmed down comes to 19 gb. Make sure ACHI is on, turn off write caching the hibernation file,page-file and turn off indexing. 220mbs read intel is under rating these things.
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    sabot00 , March 16, 2010 6:45 PM
    OvrClkrMy 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 Android cost a mear 17.38$ w/o the battery. Verizon's first pricetag on the Android 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 =)


    Android? Last time I checked Android is an OS, not a phone.
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    dante10 , March 16, 2010 6:45 PM
    for now..hdd >> ssd
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2010 6:48 PM
    If you knew any better, these things are great price for the money in RAID 1 and 10.
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 16, 2010 6:49 PM
    OvrClkrWhile 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 Android cost a mear 17.38$ w/o the battery. Verizon's first pricetag on the Android 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 =)
    So what your saying is, if I can get my hands on these parts, I can build a Droid? I don't think so. Parts are always cheaper than labor. Labor can include a number of things let alone the time it takes. They get parts cheap because they buy in bulk. It would probably cost 10x more to single handedly purchase these parts. You might not even be able to buy them. Now, can I actually put the damn thing together? Not a chance. Would not be able to put the parts on the board. Assuming they "build" the Droid.
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 16, 2010 6:50 PM
    All I am trying to say is respect the developers! You wan't the phone! You got it!
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    grieve , March 16, 2010 6:55 PM
    I can't wait till i can get a 320 gig SSD for my laptop for $150... I would snag one for my desktop as well, just for fun!

    $125 for 40 gigs... i will pass :(  In fact just 2 weeks ago i purchased a new 7200rpm 320gig platter drive for my laptop.. $80
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    OvrClkr , March 16, 2010 6:56 PM
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    Android? Last time I checked Android is an OS, not a phone.


    A tad of common sense tells you that Android was a typo =) , I was trying to post on three different threads at the same time and one of them had to do with the OS. Yes I meant Droid ;) 
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 16, 2010 7:01 PM
    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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    OvrClkr , March 16, 2010 7:01 PM
    Quote:
    So what your saying is, if I can get my hands on these parts, I can build a Droid? I don't think so. Parts are always cheaper than labor. Labor can include a number of things let alone the time it takes. They get parts cheap because they buy in bulk. It would probably cost 10x more to single handedly purchase these parts. You might not even be able to buy them. Now, can I actually put the damn thing together? Not a chance. Would not be able to put the parts on the board. Assuming they "build" the Droid.


    Of course parts will be cheaper than labor but that is not the point. The point is that if you do the math you will actually see the reason why company execs get ridiculous bonuses instead of using that income to lower prices on their products and in-turn help out consumer, not screw him over.
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    cekasone , March 16, 2010 7:11 PM
    I know 40GB and the price is enough reason for many to not buy the drive, but I actually own one of these and it rocks. Windows 7 Ult 64 and my favorite game install with room to spare. Even though its speeds are advertised at 170MB/s, I average close to 200MB/s. $129 is a small price to pay for the upgrade in performance you get. Be like me and use this drive for OS and some apps and all your media on a 1TB WD Black Drive.
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    dlochinski , March 16, 2010 7:14 PM
    For the desktop people out there, this is a good ssd, since u can easily have another 1 or 2 tb hdd in the system with all your media. This ssd isn't my favorite, but it is at least a step in the right direction.
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    Tomtompiper , March 16, 2010 7:25 PM
    Those complaining about the size are missing the point, and are also thinking in a distinctly Microsoft centric way. This SSD would easily hold a full Linux or BSD distro including all of the programs you would ever need and still have room to spare. Everything else could go on a normal Hard Drive.
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    OvrClkr , March 16, 2010 7:38 PM
    Quote:
    I know 40GB and the price is enough reason for many to not buy the drive, but I actually own one of these and it rocks. Windows 7 Ult 64 and my favorite game install with room to spare. Even though its speeds are advertised at 170MB/s, I average close to 200MB/s. $129 is a small price to pay for the upgrade in performance you get. Be like me and use this drive for OS and some apps and all your media on a 1TB WD Black Drive.


    I guess in the end it is personal preference ;)  , I just cannot bear the fact that I spent 150.00$ on over a TB of space (RAID0) and get similar numbers compared to these so-called budget SSD's. Win 7 normally takes 21 seconds to LOAD from the moment I click the power button to when I can actually browse the net. How does that differ from an SSD that takes 15 seconds?

    My supervisor has an ASUS laptop paired with a 40Gb SSD drive, we compared numbers and the SSD is about 9% faster than my dual 640's... His SSD was almost 300.00$ when he purchased it, crazy heh?
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    shin0bi272 , March 16, 2010 7:52 PM
    We have to put this price into context. Look at the prices of hard drives over the last 50 years... it's really astounding how cheap things have become (thank you capitalism). The first hard drive held 5mb and cos 50,000 bucks in 1956! Include inflation into that and that would be somewhere around 500,000 now... Granted back then 5mb was a LOT of space to be stored on a platter but relatively speaking thats only a few thousand characters.

    The issue with the current push for SSD's is that they are relatively expensive for their size. When there's already a technology out there thats larger just not quite as fast and is much cheaper who is going to want something that's barely large enough for their bloated windows OS plus all the updates to it?

    Specifically compared to these intel SSDs the average 500gb 7200rpm sata hard drive is 12.5X larger, about twice as fast to write to, just under half the price, and (on average), will last much longer.

    In our society we also value the price/performance crown along with the performance crown. Why do you think so many people buy AMD video cards and cpu's? They are cheaper and perform almost as fast as their Intel/nvidia counterparts (and some times outperform them).

    Yes there will always be people who just want the fastest thing out there and will spare no expense to have it. Those people are usually the early adopters and they understand that they will pay the price premium for that speed crown. They are an integral part of our economy as well because if they werent around then it would take a lot longer for the prices of new tech to come down. That being said... the very fact that intel is releasing this drive at this price is indicative that the technology is becoming cheaper and that's a great thing. We just need the space on this drive to double and the speed to triple with the price staying the same for it to be a viable option for most people.
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    schmich , March 16, 2010 7:53 PM
    I don't see how this is a good price. The 25-Mainstream cost twice as much BUT give twice the storage capacity and better speeds.
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    rooket , March 16, 2010 8:23 PM
    I read reviews even of fast SSD drives and apparantly even with the high read/write speed it plainly is not worth the money. If the drives cost nearly as much per gigabyte as platter drives I'd say go for it. But until then, just leave these SSD drives for the noobs. And yeah I know 225MB/sec write is a lot faster than what a platter drive can do but shoot... if you don't need it, you can save a lot of cash. I am happy running off of a 5400rpm drive with perpendicular write technology right now and it even cost under 100 bucks for 1 terabyte. An SSD absolutely can not beat that.

    I am just waiting now for 2TB drives to drop to sub-$100 and then go from there. Not really interested in overpriced skimpy drives.
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