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OCZ Vertex Still Delayed

Intel has announced a series of price cuts on its lineup of SLC (Single Level Cell) and MLC (Multi Level Cell) Solid State Drives. Their NAND flash is produced by IM Flash Technologies, an Intel joint venture with Micron Technologies.

Lower sales due to the global economic slump are a key reason for the price cuts. However, declining NAND flash prices are lowering production costs for Intel's competitors, many of which are entering the market with a new generation of products. Intel launched their 160GB X-25M for $945 just under two months ago.

OCZ's Apex series of SSDs use an integrated RAID 0 controller to boost performance for a modest price premium over regular MLC SSDs. G.Skill's Titan series uses a similar design, as both use JMicron RAID and SSD controllers. However, OCZ has heavily optimized their firmware to provide extra performance. They are both available at retail.

The Vertex series, also from OCZ, has up to 64MB of DRAM cache to boost performance. This is especially critical for random write performance, an issue that has plagued previous generations of SSDs due to the use of a first generation JMicron SSD controller.
 
OCZ is still tweaking the firmware of their Vertex line in order to maximize reliability and performance. While many customers are anxious to purchase these SSD, it is commendable that OCZ is trying to avoid Seagate's firmware mistakes.

Intel's mainstream M series uses MLC NAND, while the E series uses the faster SLC NAND. Pricing is for OEMs in lots of 1,000 and above.

Model

 Old Price

 New Price

 X-25M 80GB

 $595

 $390

 X-25M 160GB

 $945

 $765 

 X-25E 32GB

 $575

 $415

 X-25E 64GB

 NA

 $795 

Intel has plans for a 128GB SLC drive and a 320GB SSD using 34nm MLC NAND chips. They are expected to be released later in 2009.

 



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RE: Keep sliding . . .
By Schrag4 on 2/6/2009 9:23:50 AM , Rating: 4
Agreed. I can wait the extra few seconds (at most) to load my apps if it means I spend about 1/45 as much per GB. That extra 300 to 700+ is much better spent on components other than storage...unless you just have to have the best AND money is no object. If you're one of those, I would like to extend my appreciation. You're paying for R&D that I (and many like me) simply can't afford.


RE: Keep sliding . . .
By Sunrise089 on 2/6/2009 10:54:49 AM , Rating: 4
This line of reasoning has been conventional wisdom with all non-GPU/non-CPU purchases for some time. I don't believe it holds true for these drives though. Other than a video card, which (while gaming) still has performance that basically scales linearly with price, what other component would provide the same performance increase for $300? A couple of Raptors? No. CPU upgrade? Only if the jump is from a Core2Duo to the cheapest i7, otherwise no. Memory? Motherboard? Not even close.


RE: Keep sliding . . .
By someguy123 on 2/6/2009 12:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
indeed. you always pay a premium for performance. in this case, although it greatly lacks in storage, the speed is quite a substantial gain. sure for the average consumer it's "just a few seconds" and i sort of agree that it is useless for people barely on their computer, or only using it for the internet, but if that's the case why have high end parts anyways?

a few seconds saved here and there can add up to minutes or hours saved per day. quite substantial, especially when it comes to increasing work productivity. reading off the HD doesn't just stop at the initial program load; programs always call off the HD for something.


RE: Keep sliding . . .
By hameed on 2/8/2009 10:12:13 AM , Rating: 2
It is never about "perfect scaling" but rather value for money...

This line of thinking would mean that you only buy the cheapest Celeron CPU ever. You should consider the benefits of any option in comparison to the others and whether the added "utility" is worth the extra costs.

P.S. I just started studying Value Engineering and just trying to justify it somehow :)


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