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Get Kingston's Intel G2 SSD for Just $85

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It's a boot drive that you can finally use to give the boot to your Raptors.

Been looking at one of those Intel G2 SSDs with lust? So have we. Every single day. Sadly, as well as they perform, they are quite pricey. But today Kingston has announced a new product offering that brings things well into the realm of affordability.

Kingston today announced its SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive, the latest addition to its V (Value) family of solid-state drives SSD. There are two things notable about this drive:

1) It uses Intel's second generation 34nm Postville SSD technology, so it's really fast.

2) It will be available for as low as $84.99 after rebates (U.S. only) at e-tailer Newegg.com at launch. (Before rebate, it'll retail for $115.)

"The SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive offers instant performance enhancement coupled with reliability and lower power consumption at a fraction of the cost of a new system," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "The 40GB Boot Drive is the latest offering in our V Series SSD line. It provides a low-cost upgrade solution that complements the installed hard-disk drive to extend the life cycle of existing desktop computers and workstations in homes and offices."

Obviously, 40GB isn't going to get you very far these days, but the SSD here is meant to be a boot drive, meaning that your operating system and key applications reside on the SSD while all data such as documents, music, files and photos remain on a secondary, more spacious HDD.

The Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive will begin shipping on November 9. Is this where you'll join in on the SSD party?

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    FSXFan , October 26, 2009 5:55 PM
    I wonder how I'm gonna convince the wife I need two.
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    El_Capitan , October 26, 2009 5:54 PM
    After rebates... so by the time you actually receive your rebate, it'll actually cost $85 without the rebate.
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    snurp85 , October 26, 2009 5:54 PM
    Tempting, but with black friday slowly approaching, I think we can expect to see some better deals on the horizon.
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    LATTEH , October 26, 2009 5:51 PM
    thats not bad but for that price i can get a 1TB drive so ill have to choose from storage or speed... i think i may go with speed :D 
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    El_Capitan , October 26, 2009 5:54 PM
    After rebates... so by the time you actually receive your rebate, it'll actually cost $85 without the rebate.
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    snurp85 , October 26, 2009 5:54 PM
    Tempting, but with black friday slowly approaching, I think we can expect to see some better deals on the horizon.
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    FSXFan , October 26, 2009 5:55 PM
    I wonder how I'm gonna convince the wife I need two.
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    legierk , October 26, 2009 5:57 PM
    85 bones is the range I've been waiting for. Need to see some benchmarks....will they do Raid 0? If it's for real (performance, that is), I'm onboard before Black Friday for sure.
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    Bolbi , October 26, 2009 5:58 PM
    I'd love to get this thing for my new build, but it probably won't fit into my budget... :-( $85 plus a standard HDD for storage, say another $55, means $140. That's still significantly more than just buying a regular HDD.
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    kittle , October 26, 2009 6:05 PM
    As an OS-only boot drive, this would be perfect. I may have to get one and take the SSD plunge. my 18g drive is getting cramped.
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    dman3k , October 26, 2009 6:08 PM
    I wanted to spend $23 on an 8GB OCZ Rally2 to use for Windows 7 Readyboost, which is $2.875 per GB. For 40GB, that's the equivalent of $115. So this drive at $85 is a pretty good deal after rebate, assuming I'll successfully get the rebate...
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    misternitro , October 26, 2009 6:12 PM
    Well, here in Brazil the price will grow 3x or more...so,$85 bucks become almost half of my monthly payment check... =(
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    masterasia , October 26, 2009 6:26 PM
    Imma get like 3 of them. One for my laptop, one for my media pc, one for my wife's pc. None of these computers actually need more than 20 gigs. I have network storage a home for storing stuff.
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    SamuelL421 , October 26, 2009 6:32 PM
    Very awesome, need to see some benchmarks but the price is right. Universal compatibility is the only thing scaring me now. Building a dual boot osx/win7 system in a month and buying SSDs that may or may not play nice w/ a bootloader is a gamble.
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    ominous prime , October 26, 2009 6:57 PM
    Tempting, but the price point needs to be a lot better before I consider a SSD. 40gigs for 85 bucks. Going to have to pass. I'm not sure what most run on their boot drive, but that definitely isn't enough for the amount of games I have installed.
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 7:02 PM
    I'm tired of seeing these companies shell out lower capacity drives while keeping the $/gb relatively the same and suddenly think this is somehow a deal. Freaking wake up and see that once you drop the $/gb down under 1.50 your penetration into the market will soar
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    SAL-e , October 26, 2009 7:04 PM
    legierk85 bones is the range I've been waiting for. Need to see some benchmarks....will they do Raid 0? If it's for real (performance, that is), I'm onboard before Black Friday for sure.

    If you planning to do RAID0 you need to wait. Currently TRIM command is not supported on any RAID configuration. This SSD will work well only with Windows 7 (using MS driver, not the chip-set's driver). And Intel Support programs will refuse to work on it. It is Kingston not Intel. On any other OS will have well known problem of slowing down after some time. The only way to get the performance back is to wipe disk with low level format tool. (I don't know if Kingston is offering one)
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    invlem , October 26, 2009 7:09 PM
    Benchmark it first, then I'll show you my money
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    one-shot , October 26, 2009 7:19 PM
    Here is a mini review by Anandtech.

    http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3667&p=5
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 7:43 PM
    I'll hold out for SATA III (6 Gb) drives.
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    08nwsula , October 26, 2009 7:43 PM
    finally something worth the wait
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 7:43 PM
    I'll hold out for SATA III (6 Gb) drives.
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