Intel drops its prices on solid state disk drives

After leading the market in high-performance and high-price since going to market with its solid state disk (SSD) last September, Intel announced today that it is dropping the price on its consumer 2.5-inch, X25-M laptop SSD.

Intel's X25-M drive has to date beaten out the competition with its data transfer rates, which hover between 230MB/sec and 256MB/sec., but along with the speed came a hard-to-swallow price.

The 80GB drive had an MSRP of $595 - ouch! In comparson, OCZ Technology's Apex 120GB SSD can be had for a mere $295, and Samsung's 250GB SSD sells for $500 retail

But today, Intel said it's dropping its retail price by $50 on the 80GB model of the X25-M and $100 on the 160GB model. So in the real world, the 80GB drive you previously could get for $379 on sites like Newegg.com, you can now get for $319 and the 160GB model is selling for $629.99. The prices are still high, but for a drive this technologically sophistocated, it's at least getting within reach of a larger number of laptop owners.

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Intel said the price on their high-end, single-level cell NAND SSD drive, the X25-E (Extreme), will remain the same. The X25-E 32GB sells for $410 and the 64GB model sells for $790. 

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