When it comes to criticism of Intel’s blazingly fast solid state drives, most of the complainants usually settle on price as their bone of contention. Intel’s trying to mollify those users with a new ‘value-oriented’ SSD, the Intel X25-V High-Performance Value Solid-State Drive.
The new drives do have lesser-rated performance than their big brothers, however, which is an interesting decision, given the brand’s reputation in the market. The new X25-V comes in at claimed sustained read speeds of up to 170MB/s and sustained write speeds of up to 35MB/s – a far cry from the options offered by competitors like OCZ.
What can you expect to pay for Intel’s new drive? About $130. To be fair, it is 10GB more than the comparable offerings from competitors at about the same price. The others’ write speed is so much higher, however, that they’re still the way to go if you want to add some pep to your machine’s boot.