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Last Edited by jersharocks September 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM
Intel - 535 Series 240GB MLC SSD $80.99 @ BestBuy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/intel...9693612383

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5 years warranty
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Microcenter B&M sells these for $65 [microcenter.com] or $60 after $5 coupon [retailmenot.com].

Maybe BB would be willing to price-match this?
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OK, look guys, it is not always about price. Sometimes it is about availability. I might just have flushed fifteen bucks down the toilet. If I did, I did.

Discussion:

I'm entitled to my personal opinion. I'm not trying to convert you to my way of thinking. Think whatever you like. I don't care. I want a high reliability SSD with an MLC controller. Intel this year does not any longer cater to my preferences. They are pushing their new 540 series SSDs with TLC controllers. Those are fine if that's what you want. I do not, and I would never consider a brand other than Intel (Samsung fanboys take note).

Intel pricing:

Target pricing for the Intel 535 120 GB is $40 (Newegg last BF limit 2)

Target pricing for the Intel 535 240 GB is $70 (Newegg various times)

Acknowledgement: I fully realize BF is scarcely more than two months away

Q: OK, with BF so close why waste fifteen bucks?

A: Fear. Simply fear. I'm afraid Intel is building 540's for BF and not 535's. I expect big 540 bargains on BF. But on the 535's I'm seeing shortages developing . . . and closeouts like this one.

Point of information: I never buy from BB because the BB dirt bags charge me sales tax!!

Q: OK, why the exception?

A: BB is closing out their 240 GB 535's. They no longer have any 120 GB drives for sale.

So bottom line this is a special situation that never will make FP. It is for reliability-focused SSD buyers like me who want Intel and that coveted 5 year warranty. The 535 series SSDs have been around for a while and they work very well. Even though the new 540 series drives have the same warranty, I'm not gonna be a guinea pig. I want a drive that is a proven performer. Here is a link to the BB clearance sale. If you want one better buy now. I have a feeling when these 535s are gone, they will be gone for good:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/intel...Id=8591148

One last thing: I realize the idiots at BB are showing 530 packaging and not 535 packaging. They would not be idiots save for stuff like this. But they have assured me I will be receiving a 535 drive regardless. Since 530 drives are even older and less available, I believe them.
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same price on ebay from bestbuy http://www.ebay.com/itm/535-Serie...2239851520
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Quote from shinobi1 View Post :
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So bottom line this is a special situation that never will make FP. It is for reliability-focused SSD buyers like me who want Intel and that coveted 5 year warranty. The 535 series SSDs have been around for a while and they work very well. ...
The 530 series drives are junk. They have a firmware issue that Intel acknowledged but won't fix -- https://communities.intel.com/thread/46941
Basically, these drives wear out the NAND just sitting idle.
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The 530 series drives are junk. They have a firmware issue that Intel acknowledged but won't fix -- https://communities.intel.com/thread/46941
Basically, these drives wear out the NAND just sitting idle.
Bullcrap. I have been running a 530 drive hard for two years and it works very well. Course the drive featured in the OP is a 535 not a 530.

There is a reason some drives are warrantied for five years and most only for three years. Deal with it. laugh out loud
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Bullcrap. I have been running a 530 drive hard for two years and it works very well. Course the drive featured in the OP is a 535 not a 530.

There is a reason some drives are warrantied for five years and most only for three years. Deal with it. laugh out loud
If you actually read the thread instead of replying in 30 seconds, you'd know that the issue is reported for the whole 530 series line, not just the 530. But ignorance is bliss, I suppose. After all, they have to sell this junk to someone. Might as well be you.
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If you actually read the thread instead of replying in 30 seconds, you'd know that the issue is reported for the whole 530 series line, not just the 530. But ignorance is bliss, I suppose. After all, they have to sell this junk to someone. Might as well be you.
Jackass post. The 535 series is WIDELY acknowledged as the best out there.

Are you on crack?EEK!
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Since we have an Intel hater posting here:

I'm running one 530 and two 535's. No problems whatsoever.

But there are reviews around from users who have bought and run tens of these things with NO failures.

I guess there regrettably is a Samsung (or whatever) fanboy in every crowd.
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Jackass post. The 535 series is WIDELY acknowledged as the best out there.

Are you on crack?EEK!
Look, dude. The thread is on Intel forums. The issue is being reported by many people for both the 530 and the 535. If you want to dismiss it without even reading it -- fine. I posted the link for other people to see and decide for themselves. This is my last post here. I'm not wasting any more of my time.
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These are clearance and basically all that's left are store returns. I've been playing return roulette for weeks trying to get one that was not already opened.
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These are clearance and basically all that's left are store returns. I've been playing return roulette for weeks trying to get one that was not already opened.
Appreciate your post. That's something important to watch out for. My drive is being shipped, not bought in store, since shipping is free. But I will still be on lookout for an opened box! I put nothing past BB. Nothing!!

Agree with you these things becoming unavailable. That was my worry in the first place.
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I have 530 series SSD and Samsung SSDs, and never have had any issues with either. 535 for that price is a good deal.
Between I love how the product page stats its an M.2 Drive

"M.2 form factor
Offers a slim, lightweight design."
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My deal alert for Toilet paper was hit because of the description, hence the downvote. Keep other nonsense to the comments and not to deal description.
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Quote from shinobi1 View Post :
Appreciate your post. That's something important to watch out for. My drive is being shipped, not bought in store, since shipping is free. But I will still be on lookout for an opened box! I put nothing past BB. Nothing!!

Agree with you these things becoming unavailable. That was my worry in the first place.
Likewise, I didn't have any in-stock near me. Didn't stop them from sending me drive after drive that was opened and resealed by BB. I'm not saying don't order, just keep your expectations in check if you do.
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