Get Kingston's Intel G2 SSD for Just $85

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 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?

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.
    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
  • El_Capitan
    After rebates... so by the time you actually receive your rebate, it'll actually cost $85 without the rebate.
  • gt1209
    Too bad I'm saving money for a PS3 + games; maybe next year.
  • snurp85
    Tempting, but with black friday slowly approaching, I think we can expect to see some better deals on the horizon.
  • FSXFan
    I wonder how I'm gonna convince the wife I need two.
  • legierk
    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.
  • Bolbi
    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.
  • kittle
    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.
  • dman3k
    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...
  • misternitro
    Well, here in Brazil the price will grow 3x or,$85 bucks become almost half of my monthly payment check... =(