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Solid-State Drives: Decent SSDs for Less Than a $100 Become Real

Despite of all the performance and reliability advantages, solid-state drives (SSDs) have failed to become consumer products, primarily because of pricing and some complexities with installation and usage. As a result, not a lot of retailers decided to offer discounts on SSDs for Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend. Nonetheless, we have managed to find a number of interesting offerings.

As about eighteen months ago all solid-state drives were rather expensive, numerous manufacturers decided to release SSDs with limited capacities to hit the right price-points. As a result, the market saw various 30GB or 40GB models that were intended only to install Windows in order to speed up boot up process. But technology develops, solid-state drives are getting more affordable and on Black Friday it will be possible to get a contemporary SSD with 60GB or even 90GB capacity for around $100 or even below!

Here are some deals we have managed to find:

  • OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5" SATA III SSD for $84.99 (after $20 mail-in-rebate) at CompUSA
  • Corsair Nova 2 60GB CSSD-V60GB2 2.5" SATA II SSD for $89.99 at Newegg
  • OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5" SATA III SSD for $96.30 at Amazon
  • Corsair Nova 2 60GB CSSD-V60GB2 2.5" SATA II SSD for $89.99 at Amazon
  • Kingston 64GB SSDNow V100 SATA II 2.5" SSD for $94.99 at Amazon
  • Samsung 830-series 64GB F-MZ-7PC064DAM 2.5" SATA III SSD for $94.99 at Newegg
  • Corsair Force 3 90GB CSSD-F90GB3-BK 2.5" SATA III SSD for $99.99 at Newegg
  • OCZ Agility 3 120GB AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" SATA III SSD for $119.99 at Newegg

As prices of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory are gradually decreasing and SSD controllers become more mature and robust, pricing of solid-state drives will continue to get lower. In two or three months from now the majority of MLC-based drives with 60GB or 90GB capacities will cost less than $100. Maybe it is time to offload operating system and frequently used programs onto an SSD?

 
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