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Pricing cuts will spur greater SSD adoption

Intel is lowering prices on several of its SSDs in a response to increased competition in the burgeoning SSD market. The world's largest semiconductor company makes SSDs using NAND flash produced by IM Flash Technologies, an Intel joint venture with Micron Technologies.

The X25-M series of mainstream 2.5-inch SSDs, which use Multi-Level Cell flash, is the target of the price cuts. The 160GB model will receive a $100 price cut off the MSRP, while the 80GB model will drop $50 in price. However, the street prices are much lower, as retailers react to demand for the popular Vertex series of SSDs produced by OCZ Technology.

Increased production and competition has forced a dramatic drop in prices. Intel launched its 160GB X25-M drive for $945 just four short months ago. Today, it is available for two-thirds of its original price, a savings of over $300. The price for the 80GB model has been cut almost in half since its launch.

Intel will also be making available more 80GB and 160GB SSDs in the 1.8-inch form factor. The retail supply of the X18-M series has been limited since its launch. These drives are used mostly in netbooks and smaller laptops which are space constrained.

Meanwhile, the X25-E series targeted at the enterprise server market will also soon face pricing and capacity pressure from OCZ and Super Talent.

Super Talent will soon be shipping SLC-based SSDs with up to 256GB of storage, which OCZ will counter with their Vertex EX series targeting the enterprise server and tiered storage markets.

Intel will fight back in this lucrative market, with designs for a 128GB SLC drive and a 320GB SSD using 34nm MLC NAND chips. They are expected to be released later in 2009.

 

Model

December 2008

February 2009

April 2009

 X25-M 80GB

 $595

 $390

$320 

 X25-M 160GB

 $945

 $765 

$630

X18-M 80GB

NA

NA

$340

 X25-E 32GB

 $575

 $415

$390 

 X25-E 64GB

 NA

 $795 

$795




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RE: RAM drive
By Jansen (blog) on 4/28/2009 12:53:43 PM , Rating: 4
The main reasons RAM drives aren't popular are cost and volatility. Gigabyte tried it out with their i-drive, but it didn't catch on because people would rather buy more RAM than get a $100 RAM drive and have to configure it.

RAM drives designed for the enterprise market are readily available, though.


RE: RAM drive
By rudy on 4/28/2009 1:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ya the main thing is now days if you care you can get a i7 board and slap 24 gb of ram on it and set up a ramdrive with no added hardware. Reserve 4 for the OS and you can have 20 for the ram drive.


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/2009 3:16:08 PM , Rating: 1
Why pay big $$$$$$$ for overpriced i7 and even more overpriced 4GB or DDR3 sticks when you could be getting even more RAMdrive space for MUCH less money if that add-on DDR2 RAMdrive card were made? Your solution is absolutely insanely priced compared to mine.


RE: RAM drive
By TomZ on 4/28/2009 4:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
But hanging more RAM directly onto the CPU will also be an order of magnitude faster than putting it at the other end of a PCIe or SATA link.

Furthermore, the Core i7 only seems overpriced if you can't afford it. :o) There is a slight price premium - mainly due to the motherboard and DDR3 - but if you want the best...


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: RAM drive
By TomZ on 4/28/2009 9:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you pouting about Core i7? Doesn't Apple have Core i7's for you Jobs worshipers yet?


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: RAM drive
By SlyNine on 4/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: RAM drive
By BeastieBoy on 4/29/2009 10:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
The drive wouldn't be persistent though would it.


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/29/2009 2:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
It would with a mirror hard drive partition that's backed up to when the battery is low.


RE: RAM drive
By Pirks on 4/28/09, Rating: -1
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs














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