Smaller sized / smaller priced SSD boot drives are a pretty attractive proposition for someone wanting to boost performance on a budget. Kingston's 40GB SSDnow, for instance, was particularly well received at Engadget HQ recently, and now Intel's on the scene with its new X25-V Value line. With a 35MB/s write speed (as reported by Listed First) and a 65 / 110 microsecond read / write latency this isn't the fastest solid state drive out there -- in fact, at $130 (New Egg) it's a couple bucks more expensive than Kingston's faster alternative. But who knows? Maybe they'll slash prices, or one will fall off a truck in front of you. Stranger things have happened.

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