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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  • Kishkumen - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    Well they may be in stock again, but I don't see them for $98, more like $125 :/ Reply
  • vol7ron - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    When I posted my comment, they were still at $98 + free shipping, but like you said... they are now selling for $125. Reply
  • Connoisseur - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    actually someone in the comments section posted a link to Intel's new drivers that support RAID 0 trim. Apparently it was just released last week. Reply
  • vol7ron - Friday, April 2, 2010 - link

    Yeah I saw that too :) -- I like to have that option, but I'm not sure I trust it just yet.

    Still, I'm going to wait and see if there are any problems in Q4, rather than spend $400-$750 on new storage now. Even if the newer drives will be relatively the same price, they should be faster.

    One thing though, as Anand has pointed out in the past, the smaller the fabrication, the more error-prone the chips are. I'm curious what the life of those SSDs actually will be, if the gates degrade faster over time.

    Hopefully, SATA3 will be a little more mature by then, too. I need to also pick up a motherboard that makes use of the RAIDed Intel SSDs. --- Not trying to discredit Anand's latest article regarding SATA3, just saying the technology should be a little more mature for both Intel and AMD architectures.

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  • philosofool - Saturday, April 3, 2010 - link

    I didn't get one and 40GB isn't enough for me. But I'm really glad to see an SSD that was as cheap as $2.50/GB. That's the lowest I think we've ever seen and I think it means that NAND flash supply is starting to meet demand, or production costs/yields are starting to improve. My next major computer upgrade is going to be a SSD for programs/OS, but since my usage includes some gaming, I can't do that until I can afford 100+ GB, and I can't afford that until the cost is closer to $1.50/GB. I'm guessing that 25nm will get us to about $2/GB Reply
  • MiserableOldFart - Monday, April 12, 2010 - link

    I'm building a new system, and I bought the X-25V. Should be here tomorrow. I am going to use it for a boot drive with only a very few select apps on it. I think it will be fine for the time being. It seems that Windows 7 doesn't generate the huge unmovable 'documents and settings' folder that XP does. Instead, it's in a folder in the root directory that can be permanently moved off the boot drive, and that should not only cut down on the space requirements, but also on the writes to the SSD.

    The numbers we are looking at here are going to look insane in a year or two. They won't be making this size anymore, and they'll probably start around 200 Gigs and sell for about twenty five bucks. So, getting an extra 40 Gigs for an extra hundred bucks might seem to be sensible now, but I think in a year these drives will all be in line for cheaper, faster and bigger replacements. I'll probably feel a bit foolish for spending the $120 on this baby.

    One thing I do have a problem with, though, I thought for sure I read that the X-25 V does support TRIM. .. I know I'm old, but I'm feeling a little senile because I can't find where I read that, other than the disputed statement in this article..
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