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Crucial m4 SSD  (Source: Crucial)
SSDs are for consumers and business users

Most of the major companies that were in the computer memory market have also jumped into the flash drive and SSD market. The SSD market has a lot of competition today and prices are coming down as storage capacities are going up.

Crucial is one of the firms that has a firm position in the both RAM and SSD markets. The company has announced a new SSD today that is called the Crucial m4. The m4 SSDs are 2.5-inch form factor storage devices that the company is aiming at the business user and the general consumer. The SSDs are built with 25nm NAND flash technology and the m4 is the successor to the RealSSD C300.

The new m4 SSD has fast operating speeds with up to 415MB/sec read and up to 260MB/sec write speeds. Those speeds are 17% higher then the C300 in read and 20% faster in write speed than the C300. The SSDs also consume little power and are made to be light and to be able to survive shock and vibration.

"The new Crucial m4 SSD builds on the enormous success of its predecessor, the Crucial RealSSD C300. As a subsidiary of Micron Technology, we're in the unique position of leveraging Micron's NAND development and manufacturing expertise for our Crucial branded SSDs," said Robert Wheadon, worldwide senior product manager. "These next-generation m4 SSDs offer customers higher capacities and even greater performance at affordable prices." 

The SSD is offered in a 64GB version for $129.99, 128GB versions are $249.99, and the 256GB version is $499.99. Those needing even more storage space can get a 512GB version of the m4 SSD for $999.99.

All varieties are backed with a 3-year warranty and are available right now. 

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Still to expensive.
By Nutzo on 4/27/2011 12:24:19 PM , Rating: 1
I'd love to have one, but at 10+ times the price, still too expensive to justify.
The good news, is that as the SSD's come down in price, it seems to be forcing down the price of mechanical drives even more.

RE: Still to expensive.
By HrilL on 4/27/2011 4:23:30 PM , Rating: 3
They are expensive but its pretty reasonable at $<2 a GB. I remember in like 2000 getting a 120GB for about 280 and not being too sad about it.

RE: Still to expensive.
By someguy123 on 4/27/2011 7:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you're in the position where you need to justify $/gb, then you shouldn't be looking at enthusiast parts in the first place.

A small sized SSD as an OS/program drive mixed with a storage HDD is easily justifiable, though. The performance difference is substantial, even when going from the fastest scsi HDD.

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