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Best Buy Now Selling Intel's 34nm SSDs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Intel's X25-M and X25-V SSDs are now sold at Best Buy.

Intel announced Tuesday that its 34nm "Postville"solid state drives (SSD)--the X25-M/V series--are now available at 800 Best Buy locations across the United States, and at BestBuy.com. There's really nothing new here--the SSDs originally became available back in August 2009. However consumers can now jump in the car and head up the street to purchase one of these NAND-based drives.

“We think solid-state drives will become increasingly popular as people realize how much faster they can boot up and run their favorite software or work-intensive applications,” said Jason Bonfig, vice president of Computing at Best Buy. “Our customers are looking for the latest and greatest in technology and entertainment experiences. Now they can purchase an Intel SSD and add it to a new or existing computer for a makeover that will improve their computing or gaming experience."

Prices range from $129.99 to $449.99, depending on the model. However as of this writing, the Intel X25-M Mainstream 80 GB SSD was already sold out online, originally priced at $229.99. For $449.99, the Intel X25-M Mainstream SSD offers a 160 GB storage capacity, 250 Mbps write and 70 Mbps read speeds--consumers can purchase an OEM version for ten bucks less. The Intel X25-M Mainstream 80 GB version offers the same speeds but costs significantly less: $229.99 for both the regular and OEM versions (which doesn't make sense).

Consumers wanting to take the "value" route can purchase the Intel X25-V Value 40 GB SSD for a meager $129.99. Those looking to purchase the OEM versions will need to order them online, as they're (obviously) not available on store shelves. As reported last month, Intel recently announced that 25nm SSDs are in the works, however those drives aren't expected to ship until later this year. Expect Best Buy to pick up the new line eight months later too.

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    Snipergod87 , June 22, 2010 8:55 PM
    "250 Mbps write and 70 Mbps read speeds"

    Is it just me or are those numbers backwards?
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    brett1042002 , June 22, 2010 8:59 PM
    Snipergod87"250 Mbps write and 70 Mbps read speeds"Is it just me or are those numbers backwards?


    lol, yes they are.
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    nonxcarbonx , June 22, 2010 9:00 PM
    I can picture the Geek Squad situation: $130 for the ssd, $130 for installation.
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    Snipergod87 , June 22, 2010 9:03 PM
    nonxcarbonxI can picture the Geek Squad situation: $130 for the ssd, $130 for installation.


    And probably $130 for service/warranty
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    distortion , June 22, 2010 9:05 PM
    Backwards. Good catch
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    Pyroflea , June 22, 2010 9:07 PM
    nonxcarbonxI can picture the Geek Squad situation: $130 for the ssd, $130 for installation.


    That seems pretty cheap for Geek Squad. :D 
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    descendency , June 22, 2010 9:43 PM
    PyrofleaThat seems pretty cheap for Geek Squad.

    It'll be the best $800 SSD none of us bought.
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    razercultmember1 , June 22, 2010 10:01 PM
    i'll wait when SLC takes more prominence...
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    one-shot , June 22, 2010 11:03 PM
    250 Mbps read and 70 Mbps write is very slow considering there are 8 bits in a byte. I think someone needs to learn the difference between Megabyte and Megabit. I'm not pointing to anyone in particular. Not even the one you think I am pointing to.
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    agnickolov , June 24, 2010 5:35 AM
    Snipergod87"250 Mbps write and 70 Mbps read speeds"Is it just me or are those numbers backwards?

    Besides being swapped, they are also blatantly wrong. I'm too lazy to multiply right now for bit speeds, but the right speeds are 250 MBps read and 70 MBps write - notice the uppercase B - very important!
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    dEAne , June 24, 2010 10:55 AM
    Still expensive.
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    mbrayton , June 24, 2010 11:30 AM
    SSD's are still WAY too expensive. I'll wait!