SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. Friday (Nov. 12) introduced a 120 gigabyte (GB) solid-state drive (SSD) model and said it has lowered prices on other SSDs.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said its X25-M 120GB SSD—targeted toward mainstream consumers—has a suggested retail price of $249, described by Intel as the best dollar-per-GB value in the Intel X25-M SSD line. New suggested retail prices for Intel's other SSDs includes $199 for an 80GB drive and $415 for a 160GB drive, Intel said.
Intel maintains that its SSDs can help improve overall PC system performance by up to 56 percent.
I can see the advantages of moving to solid state for laptops and mobile devices that may not need as much storage. The advantages would be power consumption, speed and more tolerance to impacts during operation. I think the cost is still pretty high. This is about $2 per gig while a hard drive is about 15 to 25 cents per gig. Also, Seagate has a hybrid drive for 28 cents per gig (500 gig), that can give some of the benefits of speed while still having a competitive cost.
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