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Intel ships SSD that will add greatly to the cost of a laptop during poor economy

SSDs are continuing the march to ever higher storage capacities and part of the march to higher capacities is ever increasing prices. Perhaps one day flash prices will come down to the point where SSDs are more in line with the price of traditional HDD storage today.

Intel has announced that it is upping the capacity of its line of SSDs to 160GB. Intel is lagging behind its competition in the capacity wars for SSDs. Intel's 160GB capacity is measly in comparison to the massive 512GB SSD that Toshiba announced recently.

At the time Toshiba made the 512GB SSD announcement, pricing for the drives was unknown. CNET News reports that Toshiba is now saying the 512GB SSD will go for $1,652. A similar capacity 2.5-inch laptop HDD sells for under $200. Toshiba's 64GB SSD, announced alongside its 512GB SSD, will sell for $220.

Intel reports that the pricing for its new 160GB 2.5-inch SSD will be $945 in lots of under 1,000. The 2.5-inch SSDs are sized for laptops and 1.8-inch versions of the drive will ship next month for ultraportable laptops according to CNET News. The new 160GB SSDs will be versions of Intel's X25-M and X18-M units.

Considering that the 80GB Intel SSD adds a whopping $659 over the cost of a 120GB HDD in the HP EliteBook 2530, the cost of admission for the new SSD with twice the capacity likely won't be appealing to most consumers.

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RE: Uninformed comments...
By afkrotch on 12/24/2008 11:12:37 AM , Rating: 2
The fact that -everything- on the system is snappy, extremely responsive is a huge advantage and extremely pleasant. Considering i load huge maps and other things dozens of times a day, the fact that im not sitting waiting for even half as long sometimes is a nice luxury.

Dozens of times a day. So you might save yourself a minute of time at the end of the day. Wow...amazing.

All you seem to be doing is trying to convince yourself, like others that rated you up, that these arnt much better than a fast HDD, simply becuse you cannot afford them.

Whenever someone shares a different opinion I always get the "it's cause you can't afford it" comment. It's hardly the case.

These pics are a few months old.

Gaming rig with 3 ghz C2D, 2 gig mem, 9800GTX, watercooled, and other crap
Lan party box with 2.4 ghz C2D, 2 gig mem, 8800GT, and other crap
HTPC box with 2.2 ghz C2D, 2 gig mem, 9400GT, and other crap
12.1" Laptop with dual core 1.8 ghz Pentium M, 1 gig mem, and other crap
File server with 3.06 ghz P4, 2 gig mem, 6800GT, 8 TB internal storage, 4 TB external storage, and other crap.

Xbox 360 Premium Japanese (looking at replacing with HDMI version)
Xbox 360 Arcade US
PS3 60 gig Japanese
Xbox 360 Core Japanese (RROD)(watercooling it didn't save it from the RROD.)
Xbox 360 Core Japanese (RROD)

I get around $2000 USD per month of play money after I pay my bills and put $600 into saving. Sure I can save more, but I like playing. You know, spending around $300 a month on games and movies. Maybe another $200 to go snowboarding.

So thats fine, what happens when they fall to half the price? Or a price YOU like? Your list suddenly alters to have a positive impact because you suddenly want the product and all those small numbers you pretend are the result of this SSD get a reality check

Unless that Intel SSD drops to $200 right now and provides 10x the performance it does now, it won't go in my comp. $1000 for saving me maybe 5 mins a day, pfff. SSD can suck it.

Bottom line, if you cant afford it, shut up defending your current hardware. No one cares and EVERYONE wants one of these.

Thanks for thinking you even know what my pocketbook looks like. Just for your info, I blow anywhere from $2k to $3k per year on computer items. That's how much I spend after I decided keeping up with bleeding edge tech for minor gains was a stupid idea.

RE: Uninformed comments...
By therealnickdanger on 12/24/2008 1:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
Just curious:

1) What do you need 12TB of storage for?

2) Protecting yourself from teh government with the foil on the windows?


RE: Uninformed comments...
By icanhascpu on 12/25/2008 5:08:32 PM , Rating: 2
Its pretty obvious you've never even used one of these before. Its like arguing with someone that uses a P4 about how much better a cheap C2D is.

You cherrypick BS qualities like 1/2 a second here and there and ignore the fact that it makes the entire system able to breath and flex its power.

The bottleneck is the hard drive. Still is even with this. Its pretty silly to be arguing price after of the highest grade SSD available after saying you have the money.

Maybe youre just daft?

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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