Deal: Intel 510 Series 120GB $249.95 – Save $50
In spite of the narrow margins in the storage segment, some retailers offer excellent deals on storage every now and then. This time it’s Buy.com, which up until a couple of years ago had never hear of an SSD. The fact that big names like Buy.com are running specific promotions on solid state drives alongside cutlery sets is a sign as good as any that SSDs have entered the mainstream. But I digress; the deal on the 120GB drive from Intel’s brand new 510 series is worth $50 off the list price + free shipping. This is the lowest price we have seen so far on this drive. If you know of a better deal, feel free to post a link to it in the comments.
Get an Intel SSDSC2MH120A2K5 510 Series 120GB Solid State Drive for $249.95, a $50.04 savings at Buy.com! Valid through May 6, 2011. Expired.
As you probably know, the 510 series is Intel’s new SATA 3.0 6Gbps drive, which offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s and 210MB/s respectively in the 120GB model. Although it is backwards compatible, to get the most out of the drive you need a motherboard with a SATA 3.0 connector (for laptops that means the latest Sandy Bridge/Huron River platform).
One aspect in particular that we like with the 510 series is that Intel sticks with good-old, robust 34nm NAND flash, which gives it a longer life span. For the average user this is mainly a theoretical problem, but for demanding workstations and servers it is definitely a factor to take into account.