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Intel ships SSD that will add greatly to the cost of a laptop during poor economy

SSDs are continuing the march to ever higher storage capacities and part of the march to higher capacities is ever increasing prices. Perhaps one day flash prices will come down to the point where SSDs are more in line with the price of traditional HDD storage today.

Intel has announced that it is upping the capacity of its line of SSDs to 160GB. Intel is lagging behind its competition in the capacity wars for SSDs. Intel's 160GB capacity is measly in comparison to the massive 512GB SSD that Toshiba announced recently.

At the time Toshiba made the 512GB SSD announcement, pricing for the drives was unknown. CNET News reports that Toshiba is now saying the 512GB SSD will go for $1,652. A similar capacity 2.5-inch laptop HDD sells for under $200. Toshiba's 64GB SSD, announced alongside its 512GB SSD, will sell for $220.

Intel reports that the pricing for its new 160GB 2.5-inch SSD will be $945 in lots of under 1,000. The 2.5-inch SSDs are sized for laptops and 1.8-inch versions of the drive will ship next month for ultraportable laptops according to CNET News. The new 160GB SSDs will be versions of Intel's X25-M and X18-M units.

Considering that the 80GB Intel SSD adds a whopping $659 over the cost of a 120GB HDD in the HP EliteBook 2530, the cost of admission for the new SSD with twice the capacity likely won't be appealing to most consumers.

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RE: The downside of flash...
By therealnickdanger on 12/23/2008 11:28:56 AM , Rating: 3
Oops, forgot to include this link:

Intel 80GB X25-M in RAID-0

RE: The downside of flash...
By Nihility on 12/23/08, Rating: -1
RE: The downside of flash...
By afkrotch on 12/23/2008 12:53:41 PM , Rating: 1
Odds would be high that they don't care, since they are using unproven new tech.

RE: The downside of flash...
By Murloc on 12/23/2008 1:31:53 PM , Rating: 5
you could lose all your porn, how sad.

RE: The downside of flash...
By zombiexl on 12/23/2008 1:37:22 PM , Rating: 1
I think the point you are trying to make is that you have 2 points of failure instead of one. Although it wont be half as safe as a single drive, thats just absurd. You are saying it is 2x as likely as one 80GB drive to fail as a 160GB drive.

RE: The downside of flash...
By defter on 12/23/2008 4:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it will be half as safe as a single drive.

Then you have two drives, probability of ONE drive failing, is twice as much compared to having just one drive. The point here is that with raid-0, you lose ALL date if only ONE of two drives fails.

RE: The downside of flash...
By kkwst2 on 12/24/2008 4:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. You either have never had statistics or failed it miserably. I suggest thinking a little more before calling out other posts as "absurd".

By therealnickdanger on 12/23/2008 1:42:33 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't forget, it's just not worth mentioning. Only half as safe? RAID-0 is never safe in any capacity if you ask me. If you set it up as your working drive (apps, swap files, etc.) and back it up periodically onto a larger RAID-1 or RAID-5 setup, I can't see it being an issue. That would really be ideal.

RE: The downside of flash...
By Quiescent on 12/25/2008 1:01:58 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think this works out the same on SSDs. SSDs do not have moving parts. The problem with RAID0 and a traditional harddrive is because of MOVING PARTS. SSDs are much more capable of higher speeds than traditional harddrive, except that this technology is still fresh for it's time, since they really didn't think of it, until now, that it could be useful for replacing harddrives in the near future.

If SSDs were to become as perfected as harddrives are now, we will have less failures due to movement and other possibilities that happen even before the person receives their harddrives.

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