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Intel's 40GB Value SSD Selling at $129.99

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Is it enough of a deal for you?

We've all been lusting after having an Intel SSD in our notebooks ever since they came out, but the price has been largely prohibitive. Intel, realizing this, has introduced a line of SSDs targeted at those seeking value.

Tech Report today points out that the 40GB Intel X25-V is now selling on Newegg for $129.99. It's not as fast as the top-end drives, and according to Intel's spec sheet, it can do sequential reads of up to 170MB/s and writes at up to 35MB/s.

For a little more than double the cost, you'll get twice the capacity and much better performance with the 80GB X25-M sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively at the Newegg listing of $299.99.

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    dark_lord69 , January 8, 2010 8:53 PM
    $299.99 a "value" SSD?
    I'll pass.
    $129.99 for the one priced at 300 and you've sold me on one.
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    jeep11 , January 8, 2010 8:49 PM
    I really don't think that the user that has the money to buy a SSD would go for one of these.
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    fatkid35 , January 8, 2010 8:47 PM
    see, here it comes. the prices are getting where we need them to. stoked that in prolly another year or so this tech will be priced for all to enjoy. good news.
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    jeep11 , January 8, 2010 8:49 PM
    I really don't think that the user that has the money to buy a SSD would go for one of these.
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    dark_lord69 , January 8, 2010 8:53 PM
    $299.99 a "value" SSD?
    I'll pass.
    $129.99 for the one priced at 300 and you've sold me on one.
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    Core2uu , January 8, 2010 8:54 PM
    For $129.99, I can get the same read/write speeds in a RAID 0 array of two 500GB drives. The only difference is I get ~960GB more storage.
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    aethm , January 8, 2010 8:55 PM
    I don't really see this as being a good product for a notebook. Most people are going to need more than 40GB of space. It might work ok for a netbook though. It also might work well for enthusiasts that only want to boot windows and a few programs or games off this drive and use a secondary raid array for everything else.
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    micky_lund , January 8, 2010 9:03 PM
    ahhh...but its the access times that make SSDs so good, not really there thoughput
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    hons , January 8, 2010 9:14 PM
    Is this the same as Kingston's S125/G2 40GB SSD??? Can I use the Firmware update program from Intel to Kingston????
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    liquidsnake718 , January 8, 2010 9:17 PM
    With 129 for 40 gig, ill wait a year or so when the 80gig one will be $129.99. By then we will be used to 1tb and 2tb HDDs as the norm. Perhaps even 2.5-5tbs!
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    razor512 , January 8, 2010 9:43 PM
    OCZ sells faster drives for the same price, just slightly less storage (but with twice the speed, 32GB instead of 40GB is nothing to worry about
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    anamaniac , January 8, 2010 9:44 PM
    What about the x18-m?
    80GB and $200.
    If I remember correctly, it's G2.
    1.8" drive would be a hell of a lot better for a netbook in the first place (if one of the goals of netbooks is light/slim).
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    OvrClkr , January 8, 2010 9:45 PM
    Yea i don't see the point in spending 130$ for a measly 40Gb... I mean what can you do with 40Gb?? OS and maybe a game or two? No thanks, I have dual 640's in raid0.. the best 150$ I have spent in years....Not to mention that I have over a TB in space....
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    okoaomo , January 8, 2010 9:51 PM
    Yah... Still to steep for me too. I salivate at the thought of having a blazzing fast drive, but can't afford it.
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2010 9:53 PM
    I have a Kingston branded version of these in a typical netbook with Win7 and they make a huge difference in useability (grabbed it for
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    cadder , January 8, 2010 9:57 PM
    It could be used as a boot drive. It could be used in a netbook. For that matter my wife's laptop that is beyond a netbook probably doesn't have more than 30GB used on its hard drive.

    Nevertheless we're still not there. It will be great when the 60GB class of drives gets close to $100 and the 128's are below $200. Lots of people could get by with 64 or 128 in a notebook, or even a desktop if the have alternate storage available. Even the high performance CAD workstation I'm using right now only has 57GB used on C:. Maybe they'll get there the second half of this year.
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    Shadow703793 , January 8, 2010 10:04 PM
    40GB is WAYYYY too small imo. With a few games and other programs and OS this thing will fill up fast.
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    attesan997 , January 8, 2010 10:24 PM
    I'm putting together an i5-750 build with this SSD as the boot drive. The only reason I'm using it is because (build is for my friend) my friend demands an SSD boot drive. I was going to go with the OCZ drive that's a bit more expensive but faster, a lot of the reviews on newegg say there's a lot of fiddling to get it to work in a new build.
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    ptroen , January 8, 2010 10:30 PM
    Last year in early 2009 bought a corsair 80 gb ssd for ~$180 cdn. Wow is it fast. I mean as a primary partition for your OS it's the way to go. However it's still not fast enough for some applications(ie compiling source code in very large software projects). For that I would recommend a ram drive and pick up at least 8gb with at least 3-4gb as a ramdrive. Actually I find myself the 3gb ramdrive is a bit too small and probably gonna expand to 10gb+ for a ramdrive. So maybe 24-32gb ram is the next goal.

    Anyways going back to intel for $120 that's roughly the same speed as other SSD on the market a year ago so I'm not sure how competitive that really is. I think if your going to get a ramdrive SSD you may want to get a PCI expresss as your primary partition due to more bandwidth. Bandwidth is a huge problem and you want to really compare it on the market.

    Cheers,
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    jeffk464 , January 8, 2010 11:11 PM
    I'm still waiting for a super fast 80gig drive for under $100. I will use it as my app and boot drive and store all my data on my cheapo 1.5TB spinning drive.
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    jn77 , January 8, 2010 11:37 PM
    40gb @ 149 is a value..... humm.... never mind.
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    jn77 , January 8, 2010 11:39 PM
    can't type... 40gb at $129 is a value.... last I checked 1000gb for $99 was a better value, and it has a longer life span (maybe)
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