The SSD world waited with bated breath on Tuesday as Intel announced the specs and pricing of its next-generation X25-M drives. The performance improved, sometimes heartily, but the pricing was the real story. Once these things get out there, Intel is expecting the 80GB drive to sell for $225 and the 160GB drive to sell for $440. If you'll remember back to last September, the X25-M first debuted at $595.

This meant trouble for 3rd party SSD makers like OCZ, whose cheapest high performance drives would now be more expensive than Intel's X25-M. As you'd expect, by forcing prices down, all 3rd party SSD vendors had to react. OCZ shared its new pricing structure with us that should start taking effect in the coming weeks:

Drive NAND Capacity Cost per GB Target MSRP
Intel X25-M (34nm) 80GB $2.81 $225
Intel X25-M (34nm) 160GB $2.75 $440
OCZ Vertex (Indilinx) 64GB $2.97 $190
OCZ Vertex (Indilinx) 128GB $2.27 $290
OCZ Vertex (Indilinx) 256GB $2.34 $600
OCZ Agility (Indilinx, non-Samsung Flash) 64GB $2.50 $160
OCZ Agility (Indilinx, non-Samsung Flash) 128GB $2.11 $270


Intel's new drives should settle down at around $2.80 per GB; with the new pricing structure OCZ's Indilinx MLC drives will average $2.43 per GB. The 32GB drives are now gone and the 128GB drives offer the best value. The Agility seems particularly budget friendly as it offers most of the performance of the Vertex but at a 10% lower cost per GB.

OCZ's 3.5" Colossus SSD is also going to boast very competitive pricing:

Drive NAND Capacity Cost per GB Target MSRP
Colossus 120 128GB $2.34 $300
Colossus 250 256GB $2.54 $650
Colossus 500 512GB $2.34 $1200
Colossus 1TB 1024GB $2.15 $2200


This is not just a Vertex in a 3.5" chassis, but rather multiple Vertex drives running in parallel but appearing as one large drive. OCZ is aiming square at the high end desktop user for this thing and it's priced well. The Colossus 120 provides a nice price point between Intel's 80GB and 160GB drives. The 1TB drive is pure insanity.

It's good to see OCZ responding so quickly to the price changes. I'd expect Corsair, G.Skill, Patriot and SuperTalent to all follow suit. The question now isn't how much, but rather when this will happen. I've been told a few weeks.

Update - OCZ contacted us with additional information on when the price cuts will take effect. First off, it will probably take a couple of weeks for prices to hit the suggested MSRP targets on certain product lines like the Agility due to current stock levels. However, depending on the seller, you could see prices near or at the listed MSRP shortly depending on promotion and rebate packages.

We did a quick price check at Newegg this afternoon and the 64GB Agility drive is selling for $177 and the 64GB Vertex is at $199 after a $30MIR. The 128GB Agility is still at $299 with the Vertex coming in at $339 after a $30MIR. The 256GB Vertex is still listed at $725 compared to a projected $599.99 MSRP target.



View All Comments

  • Roland00 - Thursday, July 23, 2009 - link

    Micron Technologies, the owner of its subsidiaries Lexar and Crucial, have been making SSDs for a couple years now.">

    Lexar was one of the first companies to make a SSD for the expresscard slot.
  • taltamir - Friday, July 24, 2009 - link

    the link shows lexar express slot cards (not SSD, not bootable, etc)
    and crucial SSD. the crucial SSD use the samsung controller accord to a quick google search and thus perform the same as an OCZ summit
  • holywarrior007 - Friday, July 24, 2009 - link

    I don't know what are your reading capabilities as the link above clearly shows the ssds. Moreover, I am also pasting another link for your clarification.">;newsId=...

  • overzealot - Friday, July 24, 2009 - link

    I don't know what your reading ability is like, considering you linked to a press release titled "Lexar Media Announces Next Generation Crucial Solid-State Drive Products". Reply
  • holywarrior007 - Friday, July 24, 2009 - link

    So aren't these lexar ssds? Do you think they shouldn't be called lexar ssds? Reply
  • Margalus - Friday, July 24, 2009 - link

    no, they aren't Lexar, they are Crucial. And they are not called Lexar ssds. They are called Crucial. Both companies my be owned by the same company, but they are not the same. You don't call Crucial memory products Lexar do you? Reply

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now