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Intel Unveils 120GB SSD: The X25-M Sweet Spot

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120GB of Intel SSD goodness for under $250.

If you wanted to grab an Intel X25-M SSD for your desktop or laptop, you're like faced with the option of going with the 80GB or 160GB model. While the prices on the G2 models do scale well with each other, the 80GB may be too small and the 160GB may be too expensive.

If that was a dilemma that you are faced with, then Intel has a new solution for you – the 120GB model that's less than 50 percent more expensive than the 80GB model.

The new 120GB X25-M has an MSRP of $249, while the 80GB is now at $199 and the 160GB is at $415. If that's still to spendy for you, then there's the $99 entry-level 40GB Intel X25-V "boot drive."

"Every Christmas, consumers are looking for the latest tech gadget; this year, with prices dropping, the solid-state drive is becoming more mainstream and can make the single greatest improvement to PC performance," said Troy Winslow, director of product marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group. "With an SSD, tech shoppers can give the gift of a technology makeover that will help speed up, or breathe new life, into a current PC by just swapping out the hard drive for an SSD."

Of course, these are still running the 34nm Postville flash, so those looking for speedier solutions should wait for the 25nm Postville Refresh.

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    jomofro39 , November 16, 2010 11:45 AM
    Is it just me, or is it taking a little too long for these to drop to reasonable prices ($.50/GB-$.75/GB)?
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    tsnorquist , November 16, 2010 11:54 AM
    Lower that $249.00 120GB to $149.00 and we can make a deal Intel. I'll even buy two.
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    techcurious , November 16, 2010 1:13 PM
    So Intel is offering an inferior product at a higher price? The Sandforce 1200 drives are going for about $225 for 120GB (or less than $200 after rebate), and significantly outpace the Intel drive in read, write and input/output performance! The only reason anyone would make an "educated" purchase of these 120GB Intel drives would be because of Sandforce's unproven reliability? As an OS drive, I would say that a backup image should be ready to go at all times anyway, and I would give my money to Sandforce and really get the most out of current generation SSD technology (at this price point). For the 120GB intel drive to be worth the purchase it would have to be priced at $200 without rebates.
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    obiown77 , November 16, 2010 11:22 AM
    hmmmm, I see stripe upgrade coming to me pc soon!
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    jomofro39 , November 16, 2010 11:45 AM
    Is it just me, or is it taking a little too long for these to drop to reasonable prices ($.50/GB-$.75/GB)?
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 16, 2010 11:48 AM
    dam you guys!!! I just got myself a nice 40GB SSD, (for a painful $130) and you are already making me regret this. Why is it that since the moment that I got this SSD, SSD's have been all over the news??

    :cry: 
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    tsnorquist , November 16, 2010 11:54 AM
    Lower that $249.00 120GB to $149.00 and we can make a deal Intel. I'll even buy two.
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    rantoc , November 16, 2010 12:02 PM
    Got 4x80's running in raid0, their nice performance
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    dalta centauri , November 16, 2010 12:10 PM
    Just got a nice 120gb for around 240-260$. I like the performance and the size, it was either that or getting a 40gb for around 100-120$.
    Which is weird, the higher capacity ones seem to be cheaper in performance/price.
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    scook9 , November 16, 2010 12:32 PM
    Why are people still so convinced that SSD prices will drop quickly? As long as mechanical hard drives are around and there is high demand for flash (also caused by things like smart phones) there is no reason for the vendors to lower prices. Instead they have been at the same prices roughly since launch and just gotten much faster.
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    techcurious , November 16, 2010 1:13 PM
    So Intel is offering an inferior product at a higher price? The Sandforce 1200 drives are going for about $225 for 120GB (or less than $200 after rebate), and significantly outpace the Intel drive in read, write and input/output performance! The only reason anyone would make an "educated" purchase of these 120GB Intel drives would be because of Sandforce's unproven reliability? As an OS drive, I would say that a backup image should be ready to go at all times anyway, and I would give my money to Sandforce and really get the most out of current generation SSD technology (at this price point). For the 120GB intel drive to be worth the purchase it would have to be priced at $200 without rebates.
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    keplenk , November 16, 2010 1:26 PM
    xbeaterdam you guys!!! I just got myself a nice 40GB SSD, (for a painful $130) and you are already making me regret this. Why is it that since the moment that I got this SSD, SSD's have been all over the news??


    I don't mean to bust your balls but check this out.

    http://www.frys.com/product/6165889?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    I know it sucks.
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    jomofro39 , November 16, 2010 1:34 PM
    scook9Why are people still so convinced that SSD prices will drop quickly? As long as mechanical hard drives are around and there is high demand for flash (also caused by things like smart phones) there is no reason for the vendors to lower prices. Instead they have been at the same prices roughly since launch and just gotten much faster.

    Because that is the capitalist model: The first ever launched SSDs should be dropping to reasonable prices, while the newer technology SSDs take their price points. Similar to the gfx card price wars. Get it? There are newer SSDs coming out all the time and the older models are not dropping to lower price points. If demand is really this high, then supply should be following religiously, because nobody would lose money over any investment into an SSD market. But it is not. I feel that by now you should be able to pick up a budget SSD of 80 GB for 50 bucks. Maybe without TRIM, or a newer tech controller, but an SSD none the less giving the middle ground of performance. The article today about HDD raid 0 vs SSD raid 0 showed the tremendous gap we already know exists. There is a middle ground, which (I think seagate?) tried to cover by combining the technologies with their hybrids. I haven't seen any performance figures for these, but it is a step in the right direction IMO. It is just frustrating as a consumer when there are performance/price gaps that are insurmountable. Imagine no available vehicle in the 10k-30k price range, and your only choices are a neon or a benz? Wtf?
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    rantoc , November 16, 2010 1:48 PM
    They work hard to keep the margains up, better revenue now and ensures that a product can be pricecut later and still allow for pretty good proffit.

    Sadly the nand prices wich are the major cost for the SSD's don't seem to drop at the rate they should considering the improved yeilds and the number of "shrinks" they made to date - Samsung for instance is world famous for its numbers of price cartels in the part and is still world leading the production of the nand if im not mistaken.

    Maby something for the EU & US goverment should look into for some easy money!
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    bildo123 , November 16, 2010 1:59 PM
    xbeaterdam you guys!!! I just got myself a nice 40GB SSD, (for a painful $130) and you are already making me regret this. Why is it that since the moment that I got this SSD, SSD's have been all over the news??


    You'll be sadly disappointed when all this SSD "boot drive" garbage is a thing of the past this time next year. I'm waiting out until I can get a 256GB SSDfor < $200. Although a stretch, I think this time next year it will be near that price.
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    counselmancl , November 16, 2010 2:07 PM
    I remember when hard drives hit 1 dollar per megabyte in the 90's when the 500MB drives for $500 came out.
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    eklipz330 , November 16, 2010 2:10 PM
    can't wait till the new sandforce drives come out next year
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    Albyint , November 16, 2010 3:07 PM
    Cant buy till a GB =< a dollar. No matter how good the tech is. :-/
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    computerlame , November 16, 2010 4:30 PM
    It isn't reasonable to expect SSD tech to be that far under a $ per GB when your traditional mechanical HD's are at that price point many of you claim to be waiting for. They may come closer to $1/GB but demanding that they'll be at the same price point as older tech is kind of like insisting on a Tesla motorsport electric car to be the price of a Toyota Corolla. It's just not going to happen.
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    JD13 , November 16, 2010 4:31 PM
    I'd rather see the larger drive come down in price than, pay more per GB. I bought a G Skill 120GB drive back in Aug. I just wish I could afford the 200+ GB drives. With Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit installed along with some games & MS office 2003 I only have about 5-6 GB free....
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    scook9 , November 16, 2010 4:38 PM
    JD13I'd rather see the larger drive come down in price than, pay more per GB. I bought a G Skill 120GB drive back in Aug. I just wish I could afford the 200+ GB drives. With Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit installed along with some games & MS office 2003 I only have about 5-6 GB free....

    Then you have too much other crap on your drive....I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, office ultimate 2007, a few games like Crysis and GOW (10GB each) and my 160GB Intel SSD still has about 50 GB free.....

    move your songs and videos to a mechanical disk....they get no benefit from being on your ssd
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    scook9 , November 16, 2010 4:40 PM
    Just reread my post and realized that means I used about 110G of my drive.....my bad!

    I think the solution is to just keep core stuff on the ssd (excluding games which have to go on the hdd just due to their size)

    My desktop is an 80GB Intel G2 and a WD6400AAKS and that is working great for me so far. Laptop is a 160GB G2 and WD6400BEVT which is also working well (I have alot more files on the laptop from school and such)
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