Monday, March 15th 2010

Intel Brings Affordable Solid-State Computing to Netbooks and Desktop PCs

Intel Corporation announced today a new addition to its award-winning lineup of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs): the Intel X25-V Value SATA SSD. Priced at $125, the 40 gigabyte (GB) drive is aimed at value segment netbooks and dual-drive/boot drive desktop set-ups to offer users the performance and reliability advantages of solid-state computing at an affordable, entry-level price.

SSDs can replace or coexist with traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). With no movable parts or spinning platters, SSDs are more reliable and higher performing than HDDs. This makes users more productive as they experience faster overall system responsiveness. With the affordable price point, consumers can now enjoy the benefits of an SSD by adding an SSD option to their current desktop PC in a dual-drive or "boot drive" set up. In a dual-drive configuration, the Intel X25-V SSD is added to a desktop with an existing HDD. The SSD is loaded with the operating system and favorite applications to take advantage of the speedy performance which is nearly 4x faster than a 7200RPM HDD. Users keep their existing HDD as a means of higher capacity data storage. This capability is commonly referred to as a "boot" drive since the SSD accelerates boot or start up time.
For example, with 40GB of boot drive capacity, a user could load the SSD with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft Office applications and their favorite gaming application, such as Dragon Age: Origins, and experience up to 43 percent faster overall system performance or 86 percent improvement in their gaming experience. The SSD also speeds operations such as system start up, the opening of applications and files or resuming from standby.

"The Intel solid-state drive is our top-selling SSD," said Stephen Yang, product manager for solid-state drives at e-tailer Newegg.com. "This new value entry from Intel means more customers will have the chance to experience the benefits of SSDs, not just in notebooks or high-end PCs, but in mainstream desktops as a boot drive. This is the right price point to help convert more users to SSD computing."

The Intel X25-V features 40GB of 34nm NAND flash memory. This non-volatile memory retains data, even when the power is turned off, and is used in applications such as smartphones, personal music players, memory cards or SSDs for fast and reliable storage of data. SSD benefits over a traditional HDD include higher performance, battery saving and ruggedness.

"Adding the Intel X25-V to our existing family of high-performance SSDs gives our resellers a full range of high-performing, quality SSDs for notebook upgrades, dual-drive desktop set ups or embedded applications," said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group. "SSD adoption continues to be one of the more exciting trends in personal computing, and this entry-level product enables users to enjoy the productivity and performance benefits of Intel SSDs at a new price point."

The 40GB Intel X25-V complements Intel's higher performance Intel(R) X25-M Mainstream SATA SSD product line that offers 80GB and 160GB capacities. All Intel SSDs are designed and manufactured by Intel using its own NAND flash memory from IM Flash Technologies (IMFT) and include a proprietary controller and updatable firmware. The X25-V is priced at $125 for 1,000-unit quantities and is currently stocked and available in worldwide distribution.

In addition, the X25-V supports the Microsoft Windows 7 Trim function via the Intel SSD Optimizer. Also included is the Intel SSD Toolbox, a set of utility tools developed by Intel to help better manage and retain the out-of-box performance of Intel SSDs. Windows XP and Vista users can also use these enhancements which can be downloaded from here.
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38 Comments on Intel Brings Affordable Solid-State Computing to Netbooks and Desktop PCs

#1
poldo
I love the price but this will become terribly expensive like the others ones distributed here in our country (Philippines).
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I agree mussels, I need a bit faster write speeds, 50-60 at that. However in I/O writes, this should slaughter. Once you get passed the initially slow installs (much like a mechanical drive) your system should fly.
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DirectorC
40GB isn't enough for OS for me. With Windows 7, Office, my limited selection of apps, and a couple of games, I'm seeing well over 40GB of use. With this drive the average desktop user will have to store either app suites or Games on another drive.

Two of these in RAID0 for the win, though...

Nevermind, I'd rather have one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139132
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
DirectorC said:
40GB isn't enough for OS for me. With Windows 7, Office, my limited selection of apps, and a couple of games, I'm seeing well over 40GB of use. With this drive the average desktop user will have to store either app suites or Games on another drive.

Two of these in RAID0 for the win, though...

Nevermind, I'd rather have one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139132
you say its not enough for the OS, then you add games...

its enough for anyones OS. you just dont install anything but the OS and its neccesities... i still dont understand why anyone installs games on their C: drive except for laziness.
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DirectorC
Mussels said:
you say its not enough for the OS, then you add games...

its enough for anyones OS. you just dont install anything but the OS and its neccesities... i still dont understand why anyone installs games on their C: drive except for laziness.
Well coz I've always had a 60+GB C: drive (since 60+GB drives have been around), and coz I only ever had one or two games installed at a time... things are changing though, a few years ago I switched to a small system partition that I could nuke and re-do anytime, and recently I've started messing with more video games.

I still say that 40GB is limited even for the casual user. This is good for netbooks. Or someone who is maybe thinking of RAID 0 or 5 with 3 or more these.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
i do 40GB for OS, and everything else is a games/storage partition. massively reduces backup time for formats, as well as damage when viruses hit - and saves me lots of defrag time on the D: partition
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#7
Yukikaze
Static~Charge said:
Make sure to put your pagefile on different drive. The write performance of this SSD stinks.
The very nature of paging is such that small pages are read and written. 40MB/sec with very fast access (Well under 1ms) times native to an SSD are way better for a page file than a regular HDD which might have higher write speeds, but an access time of several ms.
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#8
LifeOnMars
Mussels said:
you say its not enough for the OS, then you add games...

its enough for anyones OS. you just dont install anything but the OS and its neccesities... i still dont understand why anyone installs games on their C: drive except for laziness.
Can you explain why? Are there performance gains from installing games on another drive and where do you put your page file?
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#9
HalfAHertz
LifeOnMars said:
Can you explain why? Are there performance gains from installing games on another drive and where do you put your page file?
Yes. Usually the page file involves lots of writing, and that contributes to fragmentation on mechanical drives. By having them on separate partitions, you can be sure that your games are always defragmented and load faster.
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#10
deaffob
meh what's the point of buying these affordable SSDs when the speeds r so crippled that you can actually feel the difference between the real SSDs.
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#11
angelkiller
deaffob said:
meh what's the point of buying these affordable SSDs when the speeds r so crippled that you can actually feel the difference between the real SSDs.
Because a 'slow' SSD is still alot faster than a HDD.
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#12
Yukikaze
angelkiller said:
Because a 'slow' SSD is still alot faster than a HDD.
Depends on the definition of 'fast' and 'slow'. This SSD reads faster and has better access times, but writes far slower than a modern HDD.
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#13
Drac
35 mb write? what a crap. I would buy it if it would be the double, 70 mb write. I will wait for something cheap better than this.
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