Friday, March 23rd 2012

Intel's Future SSD Plans Detailed

After asking around Taiwan, Digitimes has apparently found out Intel's SSD intentions for the rest of this year. As soon as May the Santa Clara-based chip giant is said to bring out the 300 Series ' Maple Crest' drives, as well as the 720 Series (Ramsdale). The 300s are consumer-grade solutions, while the 720s target enterprises and feature a PCIe interface.

The 720 Series SSDs will come in 400 GB and 800 GB capacities and, like the 300 Series, will utilize 25 nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory.

In Q3 Intel is set to be making the transition to 20 nm NAND and will release the 500 Series 'King Crest' models, while later on, in Q4 we should see the arrival of the 100 GB, 200 GB, 400 GB and 800 GB Taylorsville drives part of the 700 Series, and the Jay Crest and Oak Crest SSDs bearing the 300 Series banner.Source: Digitimes
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27 Comments on Intel's Future SSD Plans Detailed

AsRock said:
And it was not to long that OCZ had issue's for the longest time and pretty sad to buy a SSD to come with a paper notice in the box saying it cannot be used as a bootable drive although it finally can be now..
I did not know that they couldn't be used as a boot device @_0 I guess thats another +1 for the X25.
Reminds me of my first Promise SATA PCI card before SATA was really on boards and I found out it wasn't bootable >:[
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Prima.Vera said:
Not to be rude, but Intel's SSD are unreliable, slow and over priced. Did I miss anything?
Intel SSDs are some of the most reliable consumer SSDs on the market.

See 3rd party reports on returns rates:

All of them place Intel above other brands in returns rate.

The most recent report shown here (in French):

has Intel having higher returns rates, but as the reviewer notes, that was due to the appearance of a firmware bug in the Intel 320s, which has since been fixed via a firmware update.

Furthermore, see a report from Tom's Hardware, who interviewed many IT managers that used SSDs in their servers and pointed out the following:,2923-9.html

"Giving credit where it is due, many of the IT managers we interviewed reiterated that Intel's SLC-based SSDs are the shining standard by which others are measured."

Intel has always been a reliable brand.

Their performance has also been high-class as well, especially for the Intel 520. Observe it's 4KB random read and write speeds relative to the Samsung 830 or Crucial M4:,3124-4.html

OCZ, on the other hand, has had consistently the worst returns rates, having products that consistently are returned more than 5% of the time after 6-12 months of use.
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