Report: Intel prepping SSD price cuts for August

The steady decline of SSD prices continues. According to “reliable sources” quoted by VR-Zone, Intel is set to discount its 320, 330, and 520 Series SSDs later this summer. The purported cuts are substantial, at least for 330 and 520 Series. The former is expected to be slashed by 26-34%, while the latter will reportedly receive price cuts as high as 38%. Intel’s older 320 Series SSDs aren’t due to be discounted quite as much. VR-Zone says the price of those drives will drop by 11-17%, and then only for the 300 and 600GB variants.

Intel has made a habit of selling its SSDs at higher prices than the competition, and it’s hard to justify the premium. The 520 Series in particular must contend with largely identical competitors that offer equivalent performance at a fraction of the cost. Right now, the 520 Series 120 and 240GB models cost $175 and $329 at Newegg. The OCZ Vertex 3, which uses the same SandForce controller and synchronous NAND, can be had for $110 for 120GB and $190 for 240GB. Our favorite SSD, the Samsung 830 Series, costs $130 and $275 for slightly larger 128 and 256GB capacities.

The incoming price cuts for the Intel 520 Series are supposed to drop the 120 and 240GB drives to $129 and $269, respectively. Competing SandForce drives are likely to remain cheaper, but at least the gap should shrink. Keep in mind that the Intel drives come with longer five-year warranties, too.

While Intel lowering prices could be seen as an attempt to win more ground in the ongoing SSD price war, it also suggests the firm may be making way for new models based on 20-nm NAND. We’ve been told SSDs featuring next-generation flash are due toward the end of the year. Let’s hope they arrive with new controllers in tow—and even more affordable prices.

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    • kirbalo
    • 7 years ago

    “Our favorite SSD, the Samsung 830 Series, costs $130 and $275 for slightly larger 128 and 256GB capacities.”

    On Amazon, if you read the “Special Offers” area, and you buy before they run out, they’re offering a coupon worth $58.00 off, making the 256 GB 830 selling for $267.99 – $58.00 = $209.99.

    Offers exist for the 128GB and 512GB also.

    Not the lowest sale I’ve seen on this, but nearly the lowest…

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Your timing is perfect, as I had been wanting the 830 to hit $200 again. I just ordered one.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    God damnit give me my hybrid HD that doesn’t suck!

    • Thue
    • 7 years ago

    The Intel 320 is the only affordable SSD I am aware of which has a power backup, so your SSD doesn’t become corrupted if the power goes off unexpectably. As such the price of the 320 series is not directly comparable to any competition. More abot power safety and SSDs: [url<]http://blog.2ndquadrant.com/intel_ssd_now_off_the_sherr_sh/[/url<]

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      The 710 Series is certified for enterprise and has write protection, plus other features like temperature monitoring and specific support for Controllers build around SSDs. I would pair it before the 3xx series for anything really important.

        • Thue
        • 7 years ago

        The 710 also costs 3 times as much as a 320 of the same capacity.

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    Newegg price history

    for the 120 GB 520:
    [url<]http://camelegg.com/product/N82E16820167093[/url<] for the 180 GB 520: [url<]http://camelegg.com/product/N82E16820167115?locale=US[/url<] and the 240 GB 520: [url<]http://camelegg.com/product/N82E16820167086?locale=US[/url<] versus Crucial M4 256 GB drive: [url<]http://camelegg.com/product/N82E16820148443[/url<]

      • nerdrage
      • 7 years ago

      That’s not entirely accurate. I know for a fact that the 120 and 180GB were on sale recently for $129.99 and $189.99, neither of which is reflected in those graphs.

        • Zoomer
        • 7 years ago

        It won’t reflect rebates.

          • nerdrage
          • 7 years ago

          There actually weren’t any rebates, that was the straight-up price.

        • flip-mode
        • 7 years ago

        Are you sure you’re not thinking of the 320 series SSD? I purchased one of those for work – a 180 GB model for $180.

        Regardless, if you have a more accurate historical graph than that then do share. That’s the most accurate one I know of – that’s the only one I know of.

          • nerdrage
          • 7 years ago

          I’m sure… I bought the 520 series 180GB for $189.99. Don’t have any graph to link to, but I could post a screenshot of my Newegg invoice.

    • nerdrage
    • 7 years ago

    The 520 series was on sale at Newegg two weeks ago. The 120GB was $129 and the 180GB was $189.

    While the 520 series is largely identical to competitors [b<]hardware[/b<]-wise, the firmware and warranty are substantially different.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      And software, and support, and testing/compatibility. I find the statement “and it’s hard to justify the premium” somewhat amusing. Long warranties for products means you stand by the most important aspect of a data storage medium: reliability.

      I can see a case with Intel compared to Samsung, but the others are much smaller players that appear to still have some issues if you read through their forums is any indication. Even [url=http://forums.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/bd-p/ssd<]Crucial[/url<] ain't immune.

        • Dposcorp
        • 7 years ago

        +++++ I am with you. I’ll gladly pay a few bucks extra for better warranty and customer service, so the Intel SSD is what I would get.

          • Decelerate
          • 7 years ago

          Hear hear! Nothing pisses me off more than having to reinstall.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<] Long warranties for products means you stand by the most important aspect of a data storage medium: reliability.[/quote<] Not necessarily, warranty length has long been used as a selling point and has very little to do with the reliability of the device. It just means that some manufacturers are willing to gamble a bit more on how long they will cover it in anticipation of generating more sales. It all comes down to the bean counters. By charging larger premiums you are not necessarily paying more for reliability but paying more to offset the costs of offering a longer warranty. It is the same game that extended warranties have thrived on for years.

          • Corrado
          • 7 years ago

          Exactly… If Best Buy is willing to sell me an extended warranty, that MUST mean its a superior product, right?

            • indeego
            • 7 years ago

            Best Buy is wagering on you never going through the hassle of fulfilling that extended warranty, and extrapolating that to thousands of customers. They know most won’t bother with repair/replacement upon failure.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Actually it is not BB that is wagering that. It is the extended warranty company which is not BB. BB gets their commision for selling it. After that they could care less of you use it or not as the cost of the replacement is covered by the extended warranty company.

          • indeego
          • 7 years ago

          Companies don’t gamble with data they don’t have. If they do they are stupid. Intel ain’t dumb, they are *very* confident these drives will outlast ~5 years.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            No, they are confident that offering a 5 year warranty will generate more sales enough that it negates any replacement costs that could be incurred during those latter years. Let’s be honest, with the purchasing power that intel has, and costs of replacing a product steadily declining over the period of replacement it is a win win for them. For the extra revenue they get from you now they could easily replace the same equivelent product several times over. The top of the line SSD that you buy today will almost certianly be the bottom feeder 4-5 years from now.

    • tay
    • 7 years ago

    Did you compare OCZ Vertex SSD to intel? Unless you’re seriously hard up for cash (like SSK) there is absolutely no point getting an OCZ SSD. Of course Samsung’s are a lot cheaper than intel as well, but my point still stands.

      • Sunburn74
      • 7 years ago

      OCZ can be a roll of the dice, but I’ve bought 3 of their SSDs and have had no issues. Don’t forget it was OCZ that first brought any sort of competition to intel and their x-25ms. In a way, ocz has played a pretty serious role in making all SSDs as affordable as they are today.

    • ew
    • 7 years ago

    The Intel drives are overpriced. OCZ has a reputation of poor costumer support. Crucial and Samsung have neither of these problems.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      I should hope so, given they abandoned the textile industry a long time ago. OCZ tradition, after all.

        • ew
        • 7 years ago

        Doh!

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      Yes, I wonder if the Intel drive(s) will ever be on par?

      [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249015[/url<] [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167086[/url<] although the Intel does have a faster write speed, they both have 5 yr warranties and the Plextor has an extra 16GB

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    $.10 a gb or gtfo

    EDIT: [b<] $.10 A GB OR GTFO [/b<]

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      Not enough hyperbole…and not enough caps.

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      gtfo………..Go To Foleyet Ontario………..that’s harsh, but I guess better than Fort Severn

        • oldog
        • 7 years ago

        Another Canuk?

        Hey we got the cup right here in LA. Go Kings!!!!!!!!

          • UberGerbil
          • 7 years ago

          And virtually no one in LA knows or cares.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 7 years ago

      Looks like someone will be stuck on a hybrid drive at best for the next 5 years.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Are HDDs hitting that again..?

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      I’m not sure considering SSKs posting history, but I believe this is a joke playing on other people who post similar lines… seeing as HDs barely meet this recently.

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