The Intel SSDs are still some of the best choices if you're looking for performance storage, but unfortunately they're still some of the most expensive solutions available right now.
While prices have been steadily dropping, something did catch our eye today on Newegg's listings for the Intel line of SSDs – dramatically inflated prices.
When Intel rolled out its new G2 "Postville" 34-nm SSDs in July, it updated pricing for the X25-M 80 GB to $225 for quantities up to 1,000 units. The 160 GB version was $440 (down from $945 at introduction) for quantities up to 1,000 units.
For one reason or another, however, Newegg's latest pricing (opens in new tab) for the new X25-M 80 GB is a whopping $599 and the list price for the 160 GB model is no less shocking at $997.
Prices for the older G1 stock, while not as stratospheric as the G2 models, are still higher than what they were previously.
Curious if there was some secret price adjustment that we didn't know about, we asked Intel about the prices listed on Newegg.
Intel PR manager Dan Snyder told Tom's Hardware, "Intel has not raised distributor pricing but the demand for 34nm SSDs is outstripping supply, which Intel is addressing. We cannot speak to pricing strategy at specific etailers."
A quick search engine query returns results showing that pricing is indeed largely unchanged, which now has us directing our questions to Newegg for an explanation of the revised prices. Stay tuned for more.
[Update] Newegg has now completely removed the second generation Intel SSDs from its site. This doesn't explain the higher prices for the first generations.