SSD DEALS : BEST SSD PRICES 2012
NAND flash Solid-State drives are delivering astounding performance in 2012. With current 6GBps SATA III SSD's clearly outpacing ANY spinning platter drive, they're the single best computer performance upgrade you can buy. 128GB is the sweet spot in SSD prices and delivers unprecedented Read-Write Speeds and decent capacity at just over $1 per GB. Larger 240GB and now up to 600GB drives are still beyond wallet's reach for most, but have had significant price drops recently.
Solid State Drive DealsOffering Peak Performance and backward compatibility - Forward Thinking SATA III interface 6GBps SSD's are where your money's best spent. Even if your current computer only has a SATA II or I drive controller, you'll be glad you bought a SATA III interface drive to future-proof your disk upgrade investment. These new SSD's offer cutting edge performance at the lowest price per Gigabyte ever:
Vertex 4 Indilinx Controller
|Intel SSD Value
*NEW* 330 Series
|SATA III SSD
|OCZ's Fastest SSD Ever
Reads & Writes ~ 500MBps
|Intel 60 to 180GB
High Performance SATA III
128GB SSD @ $128
Of note: Amazon's SSD Drive Selection keeps growing and prices are getting ALOT more competitive - especially their 3rd-party sellers often undercutting NewEgg's prices. Recently the Intel X25M-G2 120 GB SSD has dipped below $220 - coming in close to $2/GB for a reliable overall performer.
NewEgg.com has a large range of SSD Drives -- Once the Go-To place for SSD hunting Geeks, they're not always as cut-throat competitive as they used to be as demand for flash memory and its commodity pricing levels the playing field. You really have to watch thier newsletters, SSD rebates and promos closely to snag deep discount and rebate deals. The SSDs on rebate at NewEgg typically are for OCZ, Corsair and others - but expect 2+ month waits on rebate SSD checks at the soonest.
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SATA III - Marvell Controller
NEW 120GB SSD Price LowOCZ Technology revamped their drive lineup with the new '4' series: OCZ is also changing the size of thier drive capacities with the new line: in 120GB, 250GB and 400GB sizes to replace their previous 60/120/250GB models. It seems they're allocating more 'spare' flash memory space for reliability and performance reasons. There's notably improved performance in the value-priced Vertex and Agility Series by utilizing newer generation Indilinx and SandForce controller chipsets.
SSD Price BargainsTigerDirect.com has recently expanded their inventory of SSDs - and like NewEgg.com are rather fond of SSD rebate promos if you're willing to play the game by the rebates rules. See what SSD deals they've currently got by searching here:
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Top-Performing SSD Disk Deals> Single-Layer SLC drives once provides the best Read-Write speeds and longevity - at a premium price. In the Multi-Layer MLC arena, Intel's custom chipset, Indilix 'Barefoot' chip and SandForce controllers lead the pack. If I were to buy a high-perfomance SSD today, it could be easily narrowed down to three choices: Intel 330 series for overall value, OCZ's Vertex 4 for top performance, or a Crucial M4. These SATA III drives deliver peak performance - even if you're using it on a slightly older computer with a SATA II or I controller.
BEST SSD PRICES & REBATESA few pricing quirks recently: Amazon OCZ Price Check Snafu? For around $130 you could have any variants OCZ Vertex 3, Agility 3, or Onyx. But you wouldn't anything other than the Vertex 4 or Agility 3 with its superior read-write performance and Sandforce or Indilinx controller chips for the money. Amazon is generally very price competitive - but pricing can change from day to day depending on competition from it's own 3rd party sellers. Any way you slice it: comparison shop for SSD's carefully. There can be significant performance differences in drives with only a few dollars difference in the cost.
Best Tech Analysis Articles:For those seeking ultimate disk performance, check out this nerdy yet informative in-depth analysis of SSD drive controllers and chipset design by Anand at www.anandtech.com. His extensive take on the current Solid-State storage market in his "Final Thoughts" section is a must-read for Top-SSD-Performance Geek Freaks. Keep in mind, Anandtech and other deep-geek sites fret over nanaosecond differences that the average consumer wouldn't even perceive - or care about.
Low-Cost Bargain SSD DealsSeveral previous-generation drives were recently removed from this section. Some were JMicron chip SSDs which were just not optimal for smooth WRITE performance in particular. Revised JMicron controllers with far more onboard cache are now available in 2012 - and may be found in some low-end 'VALUE' series SSD drives. Unless you can find discontinued models at an absolute bargain-bin closeout price, focus on an Indilinx, Sandforce or Intel chipset flash drive for best overall performance.
2.5 Inch To 3.5 Inch Drive Adapter CaseFor easy mounting a small 2.5 Serial-ATA solid-state laptop drive in desktop computers with a full size drive bay:
Convert your 2.5" SATA disk to standard 3.5" mounts w/an ICY DOCK SATA II ADAPTER CASE
Smart design: just plop a 2.5"drive in - tension springs hold it in place - and slide the cover shut. 4 standard drive-rail mount screws are all thats needed to complete the SSD installation in your computer.