2.5-inch Solid-State Drives: Intel 530 Series 120GB $60 (orig. $150), Crucial m4 256GB (refurb) $85 (orig. $300)

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Newegg offers the Intel 530 Series 2.5-inch 120GB SSD (model SSDSC2BW120A4K5) for $69.99 shipped. Coupon code AFEX1020 drops it down to $59.49 shipped. That’s $20 below Amazon and the best deal we have ever seen. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars. Tech specs include:

  • Interface: SATA 3.0 6Gb/S
  • Sequential Read: 540 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: 480 MB/s

Next, Crucial offers its 256GB m4 2.5-inch SSD (model FCCT256M4SSD1) in refurbished condition for $84.99 shipped. That’s way below list and a match for the best price we’ve seen. Includes a one year warranty. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars at Amazon. As a further pricing comparison, the newer version of this drive is currently selling for $105. Tech specs include:

  • Interface: SATA 6.0Gb/s
  • Sequential Read: 500MB/s
  • Sequential Write: 175MB/s

More specs on the Intel drive:

Status Launched
Launch Date Q3’13
Sequential Read 540 MB/s
Sequential Write 480 MB/s
Random Read (8GB Span) 24000 IOPS
Random Write (8GB Span) 80000 IOPS
Latency – Read 80 µs
Latency – Write 85 µs
Power – Active 140 mW
Power – Idle 55 mW
Vibration – Operating 2.17 GRMS (5-700 Hz) Max
Vibration – Non-Operating 3.13 GRMS (5-700 Hz) Max
Shock (Operating and Non-Operating) 1500 G (Max) at 0.5 msec
Operating Temperature Range 0°C to 70°C
Weight Up to 78 grams
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 1,200,000 Hours
Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER) <1 sector per 10^16 bits read
Warranty Period 5 yrs
Product Brief Link
Additional Information URL Link
Recommended Customer Price BULK: $94.00

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