Following OCZ's release last week of the about-a-$100 32GB Oynx drive last week, Intel is jumping into the inexpensive SSD territory with the announcement of the X25-V. The "V" stands for value, and this SSD is more affordable version of their prior X25 varieties of higher performance SSD.
While the speed of solid state drives has been slowly converting folks over from their hard disk drives, the discrepancy in the cost-to-storage ratio has kept most of the masses at bay. However, one market segment where SSDs have been going particularly strong though is with the smaller capacity, less expensive drives, typically 40GB in size. Many hardware enthusiasts building new computers appreciate having one small SSD in their system to keep their OS on, while keeping a larger, cheaper HDD for all their other storage needs. This is a bit of the best of both worlds as you gain faster operating systems speeds without losing out on having that 500GB+ plus of free space, as you would with going with just a 120GB SSD for example.
Intel's X25-V will offer around a 125MB/sec read speed, and 70MB/s write speeds. It has a five-channel design and sports 10 4GB NAND flash chips. According to Intel, the X25-V is about four times faster than your standard 7200RPM hard drive.