As I said in the introduction, this article is more of an advertisement than it is a review. For me, taking a second look at an older SSD gives me valuable information about how a controller and drive manufacturer evolve products through firmware and programming updates. SandForce and OCZ are both really good about getting new firmware out when issues are reported and are able to find more performance through tweaks. For the Vertex LE none of that really matters too much, because I think the drive has been tweaked as far as it can go, but in the same light all of the issues have been squashed as well.
I went looking around online to see if anyone other than My Digital Discount had Vertex LE drives for sale, but I came up short. The MDD stock is all that's left; there aren't even used ones on EBay. This puts MDD in a unique position and circumstances have made it so they can offer their limited supply at prices that can't be touched by newer SSDs on the market.
Using the coupon code TT30Off240LE you can get the 240GB Vertex LE for 250 USD. In 2010 the 240GB model cost as much as 600 Dollars, so we are talking about pretty significant savings. The Vertex 3 240GB is listed at Newegg for 450 Dollars after a mail-in rebate, but you need a SATA III motherboard to achieve full speed. Most users with SATA III enabled motherboards already have an SSD. This deal is for the budget market and those new to solid state drives. Then again, if you already have a SSD just for your operating system or a smaller SSD, the 240GB Vertex LE would make a really good drive to install your programs on or increase your SSD capacity.
No matter what you are doing with it, the 240GB LE is just a really good deal at this price. MDD also has a few 60GB and 120GB Vertex LE drives and those are priced at 79.99 and 134.99. We're still just hyped over the $1 per GB price of the 240GB model, especially after seeing first hand that this is now a mature, stable product that still delivers best in class access times. If you haven't made the move to a solid state drive for your operating system, you don't know what you're missing.
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