Intel X25-M’s Street Price Revealed

Yesterday, Intel officially released its groundbreaking X25-M SSD with a wholesale price of $595 in quantities of up to 1,000. After reviewing the X25-M and finding it to be the fastest notebook drive of all time, we were disappointed that Intel would note be selling it in a retail box, but dying to know: what would the street price be when vendors started to sell it as a whitebox, OEM product? We didn’t have to wait long for our answer. A search this morning reveals a few different e-tailers have already started taking pre-orders:

  • lists the X25-M for $656.67
  • MacMall lists the X25-M for $674.99
  • PCMall, which is the same company as MacMall, has it for $738.99, which is truly bizarre. We recommend pretending you have a Mac and using MacMall instead.

Considering that Intel Product Line Manager Kishore Rao told us that the $595 price per thousand is the highest wholesale price a vendor can pay and that larger customers who order in bulk pay a lot less, we are still hoping that an e-tailer will be able to buy in significant quantities so that they can offer the drive to consumers for less than the $595 and still make a profit. We can dream. Can’t we?

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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