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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: Uninformed comments...
By therealnickdanger on 12/24/2008 8:10:32 AM , Rating: 2
All those seconds add up and they add up in a big way over the days, weeks, and months. For someone like my dad, who does architecture and 3-D modeling from home, the X25-M has been a God-send! He is constantly accessing massive libraries to open hundreds or thousands of textures and models. His response after upgrading (from 150GB Raptor RAID-0) was the following:


Upgrading him to a quad-core Core 2 Duo (OC'd to 3.0GHz), 8GB RAM, Vista Ultimate 64-bit, and 9800GT (softquadro'd to a FX3700) turned his PC into a rendering powerhouse, but even after that, the move to the X25-M was instantly noticeable. All his "click-to-click" operations are instantaneous and it cuts down his rendering times a bit. That low access time and high read speed works magic! Best of all, it is consistent. No spin-up delays, no wavering throughput.

After experiencing the results first-hand, the "buzz" and "hype" is well-deserved. The price obviously isn't worth it to everyone, at $500, the drive cost nearly as much as the rest of the workstation, but I can't argue with the results. VROOOOOOOM!

RE: Uninformed comments...
By afkrotch on 12/24/2008 11:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
So his massive libraries of hundreds or thousands of textures and models fit on a little 80 gig SSD? Also all the diff programs he'd use?

When I was using AutoCAD, the damn thing took up 12 gigs and I still didn't even throw on extras. After throwing on diff programs I'd say you'd end up having maybe 1/2 the drive to work with.

RE: Uninformed comments...
By therealnickdanger on 12/24/2008 1:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, they fit just fine. It's not really the size of the library files, but the large number of them that he uses in his projects or needs access to. All in all, he's only using about 60GB of the total drive capacity (of ~75GB or so after format), leaving about 15GB free. He stores his project files on the network server (500GB RAID-1), which decompress onto his local working folder (SSD), which then follow paths to all the textures and models (SSD) in order to build the plan in real-time 3-D. Of the apps I can remember, he uses ArchiCAD 12, Sketchup, CorelDraw, Poser, Lightworks, and Solidworks.

A year from now, maybe we'll set up a RAID-0 with larger/faster/cheaper SSDs locally and SSDs in the home server. It's his money, not mine.

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