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Intel Expected to Drop SSD Prices in August

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If you are planning on purchasing a solid state disk, it may be worth it to wait another few weeks.

Rumors suggest that Intel is throwing the SSD 320, SSD 330, and SSD 520 series into the ring with price reductions of up to 38 percent. According to VR-Zone, the price changes do not affect most lower-capacity models of the SSD 320 series. Instead, the 300 GB and 600 GB models will come down from $519 to $464 in retail wrapping ($499 to $444 for OEMs). The 600 GB model is predicted to slide from $1,059 to $879 (retail) and from $1,039 to $859 (OEM).

If VR-Zone is right, then Intel will be applying the deepest cuts to the 520 series, which will fall from 9 percent (60 GB model, down to $99 retail) to 37.7 percent (480 GB, down to $594 retail). There is also a note that the 330 series will see steep cuts as well the 60 GB model will decline 26.5 percent to $69, and the 120 GB version by 30.2 percent to $104. The 180 GB flagship will fall by 34.1 percent to $154.

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    nukemaster , July 13, 2012 7:04 PM
    Worth the wait.

    All SSD's seem to be getting cheaper :) 
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    zzz_b , July 13, 2012 7:13 PM
    I want to see $0.25/GB prices for these SSD's. I still have to wait a while :( 
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    maqsabre , July 13, 2012 7:37 PM
    so prices of ssds' are gonna fall soon
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    lashabane , July 13, 2012 7:39 PM
    zzz_bI want to see $0.25/GB prices for these SSD's. I still have to wait a while
    I got my Crucial M4 for ~$1/GB and absolutely love it. I think they're well worth the price at this point and if they get to $0.25/GB any time soon, I'm going to have to snatch another up for some sweet RAID action.
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    tupz , July 13, 2012 7:40 PM
    Awesome! I can't freaking wait.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 13, 2012 7:40 PM
    I recently purchased a 240GB SSD520 for $320 with a $100 MIR, but it probably still would've been worth it to wait since these upcoming drives will be nearly the same price and will probably provide hardware revisions for the AES 256bit bug.
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    neoverdugo , July 13, 2012 7:47 PM
    I will not take a look until ALL SSDs are at an equal price range as the typical HDDs. 50 bucks price drop on 300 GB? Screw that! I want an 240-320GB SSD at 100 dollars, that's an 80% price drop.
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    phate , July 13, 2012 7:54 PM
    Or I could just buy a 512gb M4 for $400 bucks today...
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    pharoahhalfdead , July 13, 2012 7:55 PM
    Crucial M4 512gb cost me $350 on new egg a few weeks ago. I already had a 240gb ssd that I got on sale for $330 last year, but I wanted to put all my games on one SSD as well as have enough room for my Adobe products. True, the prices aren't at the same level as HDDs but since HDDs might not go down for a while, SSDs were a good investment for me.
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    nocteratus , July 13, 2012 8:07 PM
    At the same time as Windows 8 and ultrabooks are coming out.
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    classzero , July 13, 2012 8:09 PM
    rapidcolorI have moved my entire company, www.rapidcolor.com, to SSD's


    Good job working a plug in there!
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    jacobdrj , July 13, 2012 9:26 PM
    neoverdugoI will not take a look until ALL SSDs are at an equal price range as the typical HDDs. 50 bucks price drop on 300 GB? Screw that! I want an 240-320GB SSD at 100 dollars, that's an 80% price drop.


    How is that VHS player treating you?

    Sure, if you don't mind commercials, why pay for Netflix?

    My time is valuable. Is yours?

    I would love lower prices, but a low end SSD made my crappy 6 year old computer fun again... In fact, it made it fun like it had never been before. And more than fun, it made it USEFUL. Can't beat that. Saved money on an upgrade and my valuable time to boot...
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    teodoreh , July 13, 2012 9:37 PM
    It's XMas on summer!!!
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    notsleep , July 13, 2012 9:52 PM
    i bought a samsung 830 ssd 128 gb for less than $1/gb. that was my very first desktop ssd drive. it blew me away so much that i ordered a 2nd one.

    boot time is crazy fast. app launch time is near instant. heat and noise are not existent. it's so quiet, i was able to watch a movie and actually hear all the sound from the movie not the fans from my pc!

    i plan to buy more samsung 830 to retrofit my aging i7 sb notebook next. :p 
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    A Bad Day , July 13, 2012 9:53 PM
    neoverdugoI will not take a look until ALL SSDs are at an equal price range as the typical HDDs. 50 bucks price drop on 300 GB? Screw that! I want an 240-320GB SSD at 100 dollars, that's an 80% price drop.


    Right on, go ahead and stick with your slow hard drive.

    You want speed? You have to pay a price. Though not even four 15K RPM hard drives can match an old SSD model. You'd need a lot more in RAID0 to even come close to a new SSD model.
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    ddpruitt , July 13, 2012 10:27 PM
    I was wondering if the price of an SSD was worth it. Then I bought two two of them a while back (at about $0.70/Gb).

    Now I know there worth the premium.
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    Bricktop , July 13, 2012 11:28 PM
    Samsung and Toshiba just released their intention to delay production enhancements that would increase the supply of NAND until the demand increases. I imagine they don't want to get stuck in the tiny profit margins RAM is currently experiencing. If demand increases and supply stays steady, that will put a halt on SSD price reductions. Even Micron, who is paying the bare minimum for it's components, will increase prices if demand allows the company to do so.

    I'm guessing prices will start to rise around Christmas time. If you are in the market for an SSD, I would buy it before then.

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    josejones , July 14, 2012 12:13 AM
    The Mushkin DX 240g is now just $185 at Newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
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    josejones , July 14, 2012 12:14 AM
    Whoops, my bad that was the 120g.

    Here's the 240g for $199
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226
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    Bricktop , July 14, 2012 12:27 AM
    dragonsqrrlI recently purchased a 240GB SSD520 for $320 with a $100 MIR, but it probably still would've been worth it to wait since these upcoming drives will be nearly the same price and will probably provide hardware revisions for the AES 256bit bug.


    I'm not sure HW revisions will come out, since it still maintains 128-bit encryption. Sandforce is readying a brand new controller with new and improved features, including support for the new ONFI 3.0 and Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND that should reach SSDs in the near future. I don't think Sandforce is going to fix a controller that is nearing the end of production. I could be wrong though.

    Also, I don't think there are many people with a legitimate need for AES-256 that would have bought the 520. Those users generally have the budget for enterprise level drives that are accredited with proper utilization of the encryption standards and tamper-evident packaging. The only consumer SSD that I'm aware of that has been evaluated and certified to meet any security and encryption standards is the Samsung 470. Good luck finding one though.
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