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Intel's 40GB Value SSD Selling at $129.99

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • fatkid35
    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
    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
    $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
    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
    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
    ahhh...but its the access times that make SSDs so good, not really there thoughput
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  • hons
    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
    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
    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
    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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