With all the news of Sandforce 2000
being on the horizon, Intel has quietly launched a new 120GB addition to the X25-M G2 SSD range.
Still using the 34nm NAND of the 80GB and 160GB models that launched a year ago, the new mid-capacity solid state drive features the same performance as the 160GB unit: 250MB/s read, 100MB/s write, 35k IOPS 4k random read, 8.6k IOPS random write, and TRIM support - but at a significantly lower price than its 160GB model.
Currently the best price for the new 120GB X25-M is £173 inc. VAT
in the UK.
Even if it can keep the £175 price tag though, we have to wonder; why has it taken a year to drop a G2 into the popular 120GB capacity range, and would anyone really buy one now knowing the upcoming G3 is due very soon with faster/cheaper 25nm NAND?
Either way, SSD price drops and competition are always welcome, and we hope it spices up a stagnating SSD market in Q4.
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