SSDs that are faster and cheaper
Intel has been in the SSD market for a while now and the CPU firm has some offerings that are for consumers and others that are aimed at the enterprise market. Intel has announced the third generation of its SSDs with a new SSD 320 series. The new SSDs use 25nm NAND flash inside and come in 40GB up to 600GB capacities.
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The storage drives are designed to enable robust and reliable security and data storage for desktops or data centers. The new SSDs might be more advanced than the SSDs they are replacing, but they have up to $100 lower price tag.
“Intel designed new quality and reliability features into our SSDs to take advantage of the latest 25nm silicon, so we could deliver cost advantages to our customers,” said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group. “Intel’s third generation of SSDs adds enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features to once again advance SSD technology. Whether it’s a consumer or corporate IT looking to upgrade from a hard disk drive, or an enterprise seeking to deploy SSDs in their data centers, the new Intel SSD 320 Series will continue to build on our reputation of high quality and dependability over the life of the SSD.”
The new SSD 320 replaces the X25-M SSD that was available before. It is capable of up to a 66% gain in system responsiveness compared to a normal HDD. The SSD connects to the 3Gbps SATA II interface and has performance of up to 39,500 IOPS for random reads and up to 23,000 IOPS on random writes.
The sequential write speeds are up to 220MB/s and sequential reads are up to 270MB/s. The SSDs also feature 128-bit AES encryption. The SSDs will land at retailers like Newegg.com. In 1,000 drive quantities, the price ranges from $89 for a 40GB SSD up to $1069 for a 600GB offering.
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“Solid-state drives continue to be one of the hottest trends in computing,” said Bernard Luthi, vice president of marketing, Web management and customer service at leading e-retailer Newegg.com. “Intel remains a top brand because of its consistent performance and extremely low return rate. We are sure customers will welcome the new higher capacity drives, and now is a great time for consumers to upgrade their PC to a fast new SSD.”