updated 06:00 pm EST, Wed January 13, 2010
Intel 40GB SSD now available for $120
Intel's 40GB X25-V Value line solid state drive has started to ship, and is now available for purchase from Amazon, among other online electronics retailers. The drive, like the Kingston unit from earlier today, is meant to speed up a system by putting the operating system onto it, while other files reside on a traditional hard drive. Unlike the Kingston SSD, however, Intel's is slightly slower with sustained write speeds of 35MBps and read speeds of 170MBps.
The drive is otherwise capable of random 4KB reads up to 25K IOPS, and the same amount of writes up to 2.5K IOPS. It consumes 150mW when active and half of that at idle. Durability is rated at 1.2 million hours of mean time between failures.
The 40GB Intel SSD's role as a system boot drive is mirrored in its cost, as it's priced at just over $120 on Amazon. [via Engadget]