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Report: Intel SSD Price Cut on April 26

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Cheaper, but will be they cheap enough?

We asked you yesterday in our question of the day whether or not you’ve upgraded your systems yet to incorporate a solid state drive.

With no mechanical moving parts, no spinning platters, and just really fast flash memory, a SSD is likely the best upgrade that you can perform on your rig due to the storage subsystem being the slowest part of the typical computer system.

The majority of your responses pointed squarely at the high price of SSDs as being the main reason why most of you have yet to take the plunge. It’s certainly understandable, with 1 TB HDDs priced at sub-$100 points, who would want to pay hundreds more for just a fraction of the capacity?

Thankfully, prices are falling, though probably not fast enough for it to be the way we’d like it. Undoubtedly, our pick of the SSD litter are the Intel X-25 line as they are the fastest both for the enthusiast and the enterprise user. Sadly, their premium performance also comes at a premium price, being the most expensive SSD solution out right now.

Hopefully VR-Zone is correct, then, as it reports that Intel will next week be cutting the prices of its SSDs. According to the website: “Intel 80GB X18-M and X25-M will see their prices dropped from $385 to $335 while 160GB versions will be lowered from $760 to $660. However, the prices of the SLC models remain unchanged at $410 for 32GB and $790 for the 64GB.”

Still not even remotely cheap, but at least it’s headed in the right direction.

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    mlopinto2k1 , April 23, 2009 12:03 AM
    NOW I can afford one! Awesome! NOT!
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    Cache , April 23, 2009 12:52 AM
    Maybe if I lied to the federal government and said my computer needed a bailout...
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  • 13 Hide
    mlopinto2k1 , April 23, 2009 12:03 AM
    NOW I can afford one! Awesome! NOT!
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    fonzy , April 23, 2009 12:08 AM
    I give it another year and they will be.... almost affordable.
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    ckthecerealkiller , April 23, 2009 12:24 AM
    OCZ's offerings are almost 1/2 that price and still offer close to the same performance. But has FAR less latency on write speed.
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    Greatwalrus , April 23, 2009 12:39 AM
    Another day, another non-enough SSD price cut. :\
  • 13 Hide
    Cache , April 23, 2009 12:52 AM
    Maybe if I lied to the federal government and said my computer needed a bailout...
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    enyceckk101 , April 23, 2009 2:17 AM
    80gb for $335 ? not at this economic ..

    if 80gb for 100$, then I might think about it
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    fuser , April 23, 2009 5:05 AM
    I would spend $1.50 / GB for a high quality SSD.
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2009 5:38 AM
    don't buy into SSDs quite yet people...

    intel is supposedly releasing not only a new line of SSDs late 09... but also a new controller with it... (larger capacity and cheaper to manufacture)

    I'm getting these assuming they don't flop and aren't the same $/GB
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    jwl3 , April 23, 2009 5:39 AM
    It's not so much the pricing anymore - for me, it's the seemingly endless confusion of how fast it really is. There's a lot of misinformation out there. I'm concerned that I have to jump through hoops to get it to work well with XP and Vista. (e.g. can't use it on the system drive, can use it on the system drive, never defrag, use it only for reads, not writes, bad for games, good for apps, continuous writes are slow, random writes are slow, etc.)

    Reading all the SSD reviews on Newegg, each model and brand seems to be unique and some seem to get horrid reviews mixed with fantastic reviews. It's not a mature technology yet. I consider myself on the cutting edge of technology (most of us on THG are) but I'm going to wait until Microsoft updates their OS to take advantage of SSD's strong suits.
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    Tindytim , April 23, 2009 6:04 AM
    $50! Is that a joke? Sound more like a sale price, and less like a price drop. I expected at least $100.
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    hakesterman , April 23, 2009 6:49 AM
    They are definately the future, but right now they are still too expensive. They should
    be affordable in two years. Maybe in two years they can find a way to make them in
    higher volume at a much lower price. Chopping 50 dollars off a $700.00 HD isn't
    enough to prompt me to buy one. For $ 700.00 i can by a complete CPU, the extra speed is
    nice but it will just have to wait.

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    crisisavatar , April 23, 2009 7:16 AM
    one word, OCZ VORTEX in your face Intel !.
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    zedx , April 23, 2009 10:27 AM
    It might take another five years for them to match current HDD prices $/GB at this rate until a revolutionary and surprising cheap product comes up...
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    AdamB5000 , April 23, 2009 12:50 PM
    It's nice to see them heading in the correct pricing direction, but it's still way too much money for me. And like JWL3 said, there are so many mixed reviews with them and the technology is so new it'd be difficult to feel comfortable spending so much on something that has a large variable.
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    hillarymakesmecry , April 23, 2009 1:31 PM
    I refuse to pay over $100 for a HD.
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2009 2:29 PM
    Simply put, SSD are a new technology. Overpriced with many bugs still. I know SSD will take over HDD in the coming years, but with reports of errors, writing issues and others its not worth the risk to set a new computer to fully SSD at the moment. Like anything else, they need to do hardcore research on what people want. Simply put, we need something that works and isn't to expensive.
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    sublifer , April 23, 2009 2:31 PM
    crisisavatarone word, OCZ VORTEX in your face Intel !.

    Dude... if you're gonna try and get all up in someones face with a "boo yah!" then at least say it right. Its Vertex, OCZ Vertex. Yea, I like em too and that's what I'd buy if I were buying an SSD

    (also, that'd be two words)
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    airborne11b , April 23, 2009 3:14 PM
    Why would anyone pay 600+ bucks for a SSD from intel when you can get a different brand (OCZ, Super talent, ect) in the 100-200 price range?

    I'll save 500 bucks and wait an extra 4 seconds for windows to load, or an extra 2 seconds for a videogame level to load... lol
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    martin0642 , April 23, 2009 3:20 PM
    Most THG readers are not cutting edge or even proficient, most are enthusiasts with an overly generous assessment of their own abilities.

    Go to Anandtech and read his SSD article and you'll see that SSDs are ready for mainstream use. Some are just better than others, but all are getting better. ARS and Anand tend to have much more in-depth technical explanations of tech, but the 32 page articles is a turn off for some. SSDs just need a price cut and a few new controller technologies to take full advantage of features that are unique to them.
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    bounty , April 23, 2009 4:36 PM
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