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Crucial Launches 64GB RealSSD C300 at $149.99

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Well, it's sort of affordable.

Crucial is rolling out an SSD that it hopes will be able to capture those on the cusp of buying an SSD, but waiting for a lower price. The speedy RealSSD C300, which boasts a sequential 355MB/s read speed, will now have a 64GB baby brother for $149.99.

"The 64GB C300 drive is a natural extension of our award-winning Crucial RealSSD C300 product line. This aggressively priced 64GB C300 drive makes SSD technology more affordable than ever, delivers durability for mobile computing, and makes it a compelling boot drive for desktop PCs," said Robert Wheadon, Lexar Media senior worldwide SSD product manager.

In terms of cost per GB, it's still expensive, but if you're looking for a blazing fast medium for your boot drive and system files, this is one of the most attractive offerings at the moment.

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    Sabiancym , July 1, 2010 2:19 PM
    I regret buying my 256 SSD. It's faster yes, but it's not that much of a difference in performance if you already have top of the line hardware.

    My boot is faster, but when you have to wait for BIOS anyway it's not that much of a plus.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 1:23 PM
    I think I'll wait till 128mb @ $150 to upgrade. 64GB is too small for Windows 7.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 1:24 PM
    eerr 128gb lol
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    thebigt42 , July 1, 2010 1:34 PM
    Sata 3 gig or Sata 6 gig ???????????????????????

    Do I here Raid 0
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    thebigt42 , July 1, 2010 1:45 PM
    thebigt42Sata 3 gig or Sata 6 gig ???????????????????????Do I here Raid 0

    Its 6Gig Sata
    http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1
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    TheOnlyPenguin , July 1, 2010 1:56 PM
    this is very enticing, after reading some reviews i will make my decision.
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    eklipz330 , July 1, 2010 2:02 PM
    one step at a time guys...
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    Regulas , July 1, 2010 2:09 PM
    I think I will keep to my traditional HD in my gaming rig and wait the couple extra seconds to boot.
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    Sabiancym , July 1, 2010 2:19 PM
    I regret buying my 256 SSD. It's faster yes, but it's not that much of a difference in performance if you already have top of the line hardware.

    My boot is faster, but when you have to wait for BIOS anyway it's not that much of a plus.
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    zoemayne , July 1, 2010 2:27 PM
    I recall in a review that toms told us to stay away from this drive because firmware or hardware problems. So whats the update on that?
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    rpmrush , July 1, 2010 2:39 PM
    This is perfect for a laptop. I think SSDs make a larger noticeable difference on older machines with run down hard drives and slower laptops with 5400rpm drives. I too am waiting for 128GB at the 150ish price before jumping for the a desktop boot drive.
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    Phoenixkatera , July 1, 2010 2:40 PM
    jtt283With Windows 7 Ultimate, I've found that 64GB (no more than 60GB usable) isn't quite big enough; it may be for Home Premium, but not Ultimate.


    Buy 2x, RAID 0, that's plenty of space for Windows 7 regardless of what flavor you use.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 2:51 PM
    I stopped using Windows because of the unreal bloat. My entire system (openSUSE) including ALL of my data from the past 10 years (@work) is smaller than Win7 Home Premium with only an Anti-virus installed. It's smaller by about 5 GB with everything installed, unbelievable!
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    balister , July 1, 2010 3:09 PM
    Quote:
    I recall in a review that toms told us to stay away from this drive because firmware or hardware problems. So whats the update on that?


    Crucial has since fixed that. The firmware they have now for these SSDs is functioning correctly and they are performing as they are s'posed to.
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    omnimodis78 , July 1, 2010 3:31 PM
    jtt283With Windows 7 Ultimate, I've found that 64GB (no more than 60GB usable) isn't quite big enough; it may be for Home Premium, but not Ultimate.

    Really? Hmm...I have Ultimate installed, Office 2010, CS5 and Elements 8, 3 PC games, all the misc programs (Foobar2000, KMplayer, Firerox, Chrome, etc.) so basically a fully loaded system to which I might only add a few more small programs, and yet my drive reads 420 GB free of 465. So, 45GB for a fully loaded system drive... I offset all other files to dedicated drivers. Anyways, no, I think 64GB is big enough!
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    cekasone , July 1, 2010 3:45 PM
    Holy **** balls, did I read that right?? 355MB/s on a single drive! And I thought my Intel 40GB V Drive was quick. I will actually consider one of these drives, considering its only about $30 more than the Intel.
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    mdillenbeck , July 1, 2010 4:05 PM
    Hmmm... decent speeds. Let see, if I throw my AVCHD files on it as a source and use 2 traditional hard drives in RAID 0 then I bet I could shave a bit off of rendering times. Since its a scratch disk and should be cleaned up when a project is done, the space should be adequate. I wonder how an SSD upgrade would compare to an upgrade from an AMD quad core to an i7 (which is CPU + motherboard > $500).

    Also, I think 64 GB is fine for a system drive - just have a second drive for all your data (with notebooks you can use an external usb drive or eSata enclosure with a USB power supply).
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    zaznet , July 1, 2010 4:10 PM
    It's finally putting SSD drives on price point with USB flash drives. They will get cheaper but this is a main stopping point in price decreases IMHO. If the price is right for you, this is a good time to jump into SSD.
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    Camikazi , July 1, 2010 4:31 PM
    soldier37Converting my blu ray movies into compressed 4th digital files takes alot of space as well as 700mb and more DVD files. 64gb isn't nothing these days. When I see a 1tb SSd drive for $300 then I'll get one. My 2 velociraptors and 1 terabyte drive work for now. Thanks.

    You don't need an SSD for storing data, they will work fine on traditional HDDs. These types of SSDs (30GB, 40GB, 64GB) are meant primarily as boot drives, you put your OS on there and maybe few important programs and that is it, it speeds up boot time and OS load times. It's not like you need these types of read speeds to play a video, I have regular HDDs and even starting up a 6.4GB video, I click and a sec later program opens and starts playing, SSD not needed for that.
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