Intel launches new "value" SSDs

Maybe we were napping under a rock when this SSD was announced, but it now looks as though Intel has a 40GB “value” version of its second generation SSD available for consumers. When the X-25M G2 was released last year, it was available in 80GB and 160GB versions. Shortly afterwards, Kingston began rebranding Intel's G2 SSDs and included just 40GB of storage onboard.

Now Intel is shipping 40GB retail-packaged parts with its name on them and e-tailers are quickly listing them. According to Newegg, the new 40GB SSD is labeled as an X25-V (part number SSDSA2MP040G2R5).

Like all G2 SSDs from Intel, this particular model is uses 34nm NAND flash memory and fully supports TRIM in supported operating systems (such as Windows 7). Interestingly, write speeds for Intel's X25-V are slightly lower than Kingston's 40GB SSDNow V which is based on the same architecture. Kingston's SSD shows maximum writes as "up to 40 MB/sec" while Intel's drive features maximum writes of "up to 35 MB/sec" according to Intel's technical specifications [PDF]. Reads remain the same for both drives at “up to 170 MB/sec”.

Newegg currently lists the drive at $130 while Mwave has it slightly cheaper at $125.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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