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Intel’s New SSD Lineup

Intel’s last Solid-State Drive release with the 510 series 6Gbps didn’t use Intel controllers. Instead, they used a Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 6Gbps controller. Although they didn’t use an Intel controller, their SSDs were blazing fast with speeds of up to 500MB/sec and write speeds of up to 315MB/sec.

Intel has announced today that they will be releasing their 3rd generation Intel 320 Series with 25nm of NAND flash memory. The only drawback is that they will be running on the SATA II interface. The reason for this? These drivers were supposed to be released six months ago but the dates kept getting pushed back for whatever reason. This also means that the performance won’t be as fast with the 510 series with the read speed at 270MB/sec and max write speed of 220MB/sec. The selling point of these new SSDs are the 25nm memory they’ll be using which will allow for a 30% price reduction.

Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group noted Intel’s effort to lower the price of their solid-state drives by using the latest 25 nanometer silicon chips. He goes on to say that the latest SSDs also bring enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features. The Intel 320 Series will come in a number of capacities; 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB–priced at $89, $159, $289, $529, and $1,069 respectively. For those who have been following the prices of solid-state drives, these hardware components used to be priced as high as $3,500 for a 1TB drive, now you can get 1.2TB for about $2200. It’s an awesome price drop for all professionals and enthusiasts alike. Check out the video below to see a boot time comparison between the 320 series and a standard 7200RPM hard drive.

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