How to equip your PC with SSD for about $200

You'll find some pretty great rebates on SSD online

Transcend's drive

Transcend sells its 64GB SATA drive (Model TS64GSSD25S-M) for US$194 retail . The throughput stats are markedly slower than Patriot's, with a read speed of 117MB/sec. and a sequential write speed of 43MB/sec. But consumers can expect to see speed increase and prices plummet over the next couple of months, said Clarence Chan, general manager at Transcend, which gets its flash chips from Samsung.

"Flash chips are in oversupply," he said. "We are also looking to lower prices so that more people will try to use solid-state disk."

According to Gartner analyst Joseph Unsworth, we're just not going to see 128GB of SSD for US$200 until 2010, but if you're not willing to wait, here are some more possibilities.

Super Talent's drive

Super Talent Technology's SSD drive offers a few gigabytes less than the latter models, but it has respectable I/O speeds. The MasterDrive DX 2.5-in. 60GB SSD Drive (Model FTD60GK25H) retails for US$249. I found it on Newegg.com for US$186 after a US$40 rebate. The drive has a sequential read rate of 120MB/sec. and a sequential write rate of 100MB/sec.

Super Talent also just released its next-generation SSD , which has up to a 170MB/sec. read and a 130MB/sec. sequential write speed. The only price it's listing now is US$419 for the 128GB model, but you can safely bet that the 64GB model will be about half that price.

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