View Full Version : Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD

09-01-09, 03:15 AM
AnandTech (http://anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3631&p=1) 27 page long SSD benchmark article, nice read. His choice is still the Intel's X25-MG2 SSD over SSD drives with the Indilinx controler.

I just checked the new prices at Newegg for the Intel's drives and I doubt AnandTech would recommend the drives at such ripoff prices.

The Intel X25-M G2 80GB was listed before the recall for US $229.-
Now they have 2 models with same specs, I don't know what's the difference.

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC $499.00 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016)
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC $599.00 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167023)

The 160GB drive was listed before the recall for US $449.-
Here are the new listings

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH160G2C1 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC $899.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167017)
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC $997.00 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167024)

None of the drives are in stock but they have a limit 1 per customer. I doubt at such prices there is a need for a limit.

I'm not upgrading the SSD till October when Windows 7 is out, hopefully the prices will settle down by that time, or a wait till after Christmas.

I checked the Canadian Nevegg just to make sure it's not some kind of mistake but the prices there are about the same, after the exchange rate adjustment.

Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC CA $1,047.00 (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167024)
On top of that I would have to pay 13% Sales Tax. TOTAL CA $1,183.11

Now all the above links shows as "Deactivated Item" and Newegg doesn't have the G2 model (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150636%2050001157&name=Intel) listed at all. Guess they're working at new pricing. Hopefully same as the original introduction price.

09-01-09, 01:20 PM
Good for you slaWter but I think the prices will drop down fast. Probably it's just Newegg rip-off, I doubt Intel has anything to do with the about 100% price increase.

I did find the Intel X25-M 80GB G2 pre-order at Canadian NCIX.com (http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41732&vpn=SSDSA2MH080G2C1&manufacture=Intel) for
$274.99 CAD = 249.- USD. NCIX probably didn't see the Newegg prices yet. :)

The NCIX is located in another province so for me the additional sales tax is only 5%, when I buy locally or from Newegg the additional sales tax is 13%.

I also did find what is the about $100.- premium for the R5 model (http://www.intel.com/cd/channel/reseller/asmo-na/eng/products/nand/feature/index.htm). The R5 model includes the 3.5" bay installation adapter. Is somebody so crazy to pay one hundred dollars for this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=20-167-024-06.jpg&Image=20-167-024-02.jpg%2c20-167-024-03.jpg%2c20-167-024-04.jpg%2c20-167-024-05.jpg%2c20-167-024-06.jpg&S7ImageFlag=0&WaterMark=1&Item=N82E16820167024&Depa=1&Description=Intel%20X25-M%20SSDSA2MH160G2R5%202.5%22%20MLC%20Internal%20So lid%20state%20disk%20%28SSD%29).
Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998045) has the adapters listed as low as $14.99

The thread starting article article was edited. Looks like Newegg is working on the price correction.

09-08-09, 12:12 PM
Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016) re-listed the Intel X25-M G2 80GB now at much lower price $349.99 which also includes the mounting converter.

The price is still too high compared to the original listing $229.- which I believe is the MSRP.

I'm sure when the supply will match the demand the prices will settle down.

NCIXUS.com (http://www.ncixus.com/products/41732/SSDSA2MH080G2C1/Intel/) has the Intel X25-M G2 80GB listed at $247.48 but it's on pre-order

09-08-09, 12:58 PM
MSRP is about $250 for the 80GB drive so do yourself a favor and don't pay these jackoff's amped up prices just because there is a short supply.

09-08-09, 05:55 PM
Intel put out a statement saying Newegg's prices were much higher than MSRP and that they had not told them to up it. Basically shifted all the blame to Newegg...

So don't support their price gouging

09-08-09, 08:52 PM
eCOST (http://www.ecost.com/Detail/Internal+Storage/Intel/SSDSA2MH080G2C1/49332971.aspx?navid=155439908) has the Intel 80GB X25-M G2 In Stock $239.-
ZipZoomfly (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010517&prodlist=froogle) has the Intel 80GB X25-M G2 on "Notify Me!" Final Price: $229.95