Tuesday, January 20th 2009

Intel Plans to Release 320GB Solid-state Drives in Q4 2009

Bloomberg reports that Intel is planning on releasing a new, higher-capacity solid state drive, which will provide users with up to 320GB of storage capacity. In Q4 this year, the company will begin selling a total of eight new drives with capacity of 320GB, that will be part of Intel's Extreme and Mainstream SSD series. The chips used for these drives will be build using 32-nanometer production technology, Intel’s most advanced manufacturing method for the time being. The source also clamins that Intel has already contacted its partners and informed them for the new drives.
The world's largest chipmaker also plans to introduce a new product called "Braidwood" that's slated for Q4 2009 too. It will include as much as 16GB of flash memory that will create “better responsiveness and boot-up time.” Though it's unclear whether this solution will be integrated into Intel based motherboards or it will stand for an optional separate storage drive, made only for installing operating systems.Source: Bloomberg
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9 Comments on Intel Plans to Release 320GB Solid-state Drives in Q4 2009

#1
ShadowFold
If they are under 500$ this would be a great deal. If not, shame on them.
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#2
PCpraiser100
This is an unsure assumption of price and performance, I am hoping SSDs get closer to HDD's price range in high capacity at that time. 320GB is pretty damn good for gamers like me, but never forget performance compared to other SSDs.
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#3
Weer
What's the point? All SSD's are good for in my mind are for running the OS, not for storage. If you want to shave off a few seconds off of a map's loading time, be my guest.
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#4

Indeed, I have drives that has lasted almost a decade still thrashing away running 24/7 non stop, try that with an SSD it won't even last 3 years.

SSD is perfect for storing the O/S since it allows fast boot up time plus fast disk paging, you only need 64GB at most, even a fast 32GB SSD will do it for Windows 7.
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Mega-Japan
Like 1st person said, if they're over $500 then **** it. Just curious though, are these upcoming SSDs based on MLC or SLC technology? Because OCZ has already released MLC with similar capacities so waiting until Q4 Intel is just being slow...
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#6

The chips made by Intel are superior though, I wouldn't buy any solid state disk if the chips isn't made by either Intel or Samsung and the drive backed with a 5+ years warranty.
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by: insider
Indeed, I have drives that has lasted almost a decade still thrashing away running 24/7 non stop, try that with an SSD it won't even last 3 years.

SSD is perfect for storing the O/S since it allows fast boot up time plus fast disk paging, you only need 64GB at most, even a fast 32GB SSD will do it for Windows 7.
Not only is it fast, but would make perfect use only as an OS drive. That's why I keep my media files on the 2TB array and the OS on the SSD, which I only need until for now anyway since the way that Flash capacities go, a 640GB SSD will likely be the same price as the 64GB I bought (100$ on Newegg), in a matter of no time.
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Mussels
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by: insider
Indeed, I have drives that has lasted almost a decade still thrashing away running 24/7 non stop, try that with an SSD it won't even last 3 years.

SSD is perfect for storing the O/S since it allows fast boot up time plus fast disk paging, you only need 64GB at most, even a fast 32GB SSD will do it for Windows 7.
you obviously havent been paying attention. Intel always releases specs for theirs, i think the average was 300GB a day for 3 years, was their estimate. i highly doubt you empty and refill your drives every day.

only first gen SSD's had the shit lifetimes, and they were the crap brands - not intel.

Oh and intels ones are almost always SLC.

freaksaviour: $140 au gets me a 30GB OCZ Core V2 SSD. They're a bit cheaper than you realise. and always compare prices of an SSD to that of a raptor/velociraptor - they're high speed drives, not storage ones. (sure they dont match the price/performance of a velociraptor 300GB yet... but when they do, i'll be leaping on them)
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