A few folks have sent this in so I thought it was worth posting about. Intel's X25-V that we've recently reviewed is now on sale at Newegg for $98. The deal lasts as long as supplies last but given the incredible performance we've seen from a pair of the drives in RAID-0, this might be worth looking at if you're thinking about jumping to an SSD.

I'm still waiting on OCZ's Onyx before calling the value race over at this point. The competition below $130 isn't huge yet but we're at least getting some action down there. As I've said before, once 25nm NAND starts shipping in Q4 then we should really see $/GB start to drop.

 

Update: Congrats to all who got them, the drives are now sold out.

Update 2: Drives back in stock, but the deal is over.

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  • jonup - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    Thanks bud! You answered my question. I bought the G1 because I will be using it in Vista and I thought Vista does not support TRIM. I did not know that you can enable it with the intel soft. Thank again! Reply
  • QuesoMadness - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    They were in at $99 again today for a brief time (around noon Central, I definitely saw it at the shell shocker price), but I checked again at 3pm and it was back to $125...

    Looks like NewEgg forgot to reset the price and some people were able to sneak in and get the deal before the mistake was noticed.
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  • vol7ron - Thursday, April 1, 2010 - link

    I just picked up 80GB Intel G2 for $225. That's a considerable drop from $300 Reply
  • RU482 - Thursday, April 1, 2010 - link

    I realize that it is not a comprehensive test, and I am comparing it to the x18-m and not the x25-v, but here's a little look at the OCZ Onyx drive (scroll down in the post)
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=20614...
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  • MonkeyPaw - Thursday, April 1, 2010 - link

    I keep holding out on SSDs. Eventually, the price is going to be where I want it. As it is now, I probably don't need more than 80gb of storage, so perhaps 2011 will finally be the year to give my laptop a swift kick in the pants! Reply
  • vol7ron - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    I agree. I just now picked up my first SSD for my desktop, only because one of my three Raptors failed.

    Seeing how 2010Q4 is right around the bend, I wanted to hold out for Intel's newer SSDs (faster and cheaper), where I could get at least 160GB at an affordable price. So for my current purchase I debated getting a 40GB boot or an 80GB boot.

    Seeing as how 80GB is not much storage these days, that's what I ended up with, thinking I'll slap some games and performance apps on that partition; but I'm still holding out on my main SSD purchases - I have laptops to fill and need another 2-400 GB for my desktop.

    Prices are dropping though! I can't wait.
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  • Kevinmbaron - Thursday, April 1, 2010 - link

    I guess the price is cheap. But what good would 40 gigs do me. I'm a gamer, thus 40 gigs is like 3-5 games. The only size SSD i would consider is like 256gigs or more for a main drive. And being those run like 600 and up, it's just not gonna happen. Yes i pay alot of money for parts for my gaming pc. But to justify 600-700 for a the main hard drive is just impossible. I can't imagine they sell many of these drives considering the cost per gig. The like the performance. But I don't see the cost ever coming down to earth. Games are getting bigger and bigger all the time. GTA4 is 15.2gigs installed. It's rapidly becoming the norm for games to be over 10gigs. My primary drive is 500gigs, and i use 267gigs. Yes i have alot of stuff installed. I also have 11 other hard drives just for storage.

    I guess SSD drives are for those guys who think running 2-3($500) Nvidia GTX 295's is a option. I own one GTX 295. I wish i had the money to burn like some people, but it's just unrealistic for me.
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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Thursday, April 1, 2010 - link

    I don't think SSDs should be used to store games on, at least not a lot of games today. The cost per GB is just too high. Instead I'd recommend an SSD for your OS + apps and a separate TB drive (or 2 x 1TB drives in RAID-1) for games.

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • Kevinmbaron - Thursday, April 1, 2010 - link

    For me faster game load times would be a major plus. Sure other things would be faster. But as a gamer i would notice game load times most of all. It would make little sense to get a SSD just for my OS and not installed games and programs. I care about other things, but games i care about most of all. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    I guess I'm an oddball but I pretty much play 1, maybe 2 games at a time. I purchased an Intel 80gig this past Christmas and it has performed fantastically (yup I said that) with my Win7 install. Documents and movies go on my 250 gig traditional harddrive, but everything else goes to the SSD. STEAM is probably the biggest reason why many people have huge amounts of space for games.

    Anand said it in his original SSD review but I'll reiterate; graphs/charts/data can show they are faster but until you actually sit down and use a system with an SSD you just have no idea how life-changing they are. For most applications/uses the bottleneck is the eye/hand and no longer the computer. I paid ~$250 for the 80 gig back in December but knowing what I know now would have paid $500 and I'm a frugal spender that is always buying in the best bang for the buck category, not the high-end segment.
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