Half way through my testing I shot an email over to Crucial asking why they didn't tell me that the C300 was so fast. At this point I feel a little silly going on and on to all of my friends about how fast the SandForce drives are. You would think that as a hardware reviewer in the storage field that someone would have tipped me off," psst…you should really cut down on the SF stuff, here look at this."
Either way, I am still grateful Crucial has given us the opportunity to test the RealSSD C300. Over the coming weeks we will be able to dive a little deeper into the drive and also use it to test all of the SATA 6G products we have sitting around. At that point in time we will figure out what is going on with the one isolated test that shows the C300 taking a dive. There has to be a reason; hopefully it can be remedied in a firmware update.
At this point in time there is no other drive, platter or solid state that is in the same league as the Crucial RealSSD C300. This is the drive enthusiasts have been begging for, mainstream users will hear the buzz about and anyone who requires high speed storage devices will be pre-ordering. The best thing is that we can actually afford the RealSSD C300! As I mentioned earlier, we have one other next gen drive in for testing and now that I have seen the final retail C300, you have to wonder if "The Other Guys" sent out pre-release drives just to get the articles published before the C300 hit our test benches.
Back to the price for a few more words. Crucial is telling us the 128 and 256GB drives will be listed for sale in February. The 128GB will cost 499 and the 256GB drive will be 799 USD. Right now Indilinx Barefoot drives in 128GB run right around the 400 USD mark, so you are looking at a 100 Dollar premium for a premium experience. Back when we reviewed the M225 256GB drive, we speculated that Crucial would lower the price in a few months.
It took a longer than three months for Crucial to drop the price and right now the 256GB drive is only 100 USD less than it was when we published the article. The good news is that other e-tailers lowered the price of the Crucial M225 256GB much sooner than Crucial did, so there is a good chance that we will see other online sellers dishing out C300's in a few months at a reduced price.
We are realists around here and know that 500 Dollars for 128GB is a lot of dough no matter how fast it is. If you can wait a couple of months then you may just find yourself getting a deal. For me, well I would just say to hell with it and get my drive as soon as possible. If for you, like me, time is money and you stand to make more the faster you work, the Crucial RealSSD C300 may just pay for itself over time.