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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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By FNG on 12/24/2008 3:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
A constantly written to and read from server? You should want SSDs as they would speed things along for all the spatial data and other bits going into weather effect modeling.

Power consumption is huge IMO. In our 112 drive storage array we are looking at ~2800 watts. While that does not seem like much; when we add all of the other SAN accouterments we are looking at some rather healthy UPS which is not cheap (initial cost, maintenance, testing). Drives that do not spin and use 12x less power become much more palatable when seen from a total cost perspective rather than a Newegg side-by-side.

Besides, who cares if they need replacing every three years or three months? Build that into the support contract for your servers and ensure the redundancy is there to support a failure. One fails, you replace it and ship it back to the OEM who ships you a new cold spare.


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