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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 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".

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