Intel's 34-nm solid-state drives are back in action, this time with non-data-corrupting firmware. An updated version of the second-gen 80GB X25-M SSD has popped up in Newegg's listings, and it's available now.
The e-tailer doesn't appear to stock other "G2" Intel SSDs, though, and it charges a premium for that 80GB drive—you'll have to pay $349.99 before shipping if you order now. Intel quoted a bulk price of $225 at launch, and if we recall correctly, Newegg charged around $230 the first batch of drives. High demand and tight supply are probably to blame in this case. A look at our price search engine shows the same drive selling for as little as $271.99 at smaller vendors.
As we reported a couple months ago, Intel's first 34-nm SSDs rendered data inaccessible if users set a BIOS drive password then either changed it or disabled it. The bug caused Intel to halt shipments in July, and a firmware fix came out in early August. (Thanks to TR reader Will for the heads-up.)
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