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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.


 Old Price

 New Price

 X-25M 80GB



 X-25M 160GB



 X-25E 32GB



 X-25E 64GB



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 mindless1 on 2/7/2009 11:48:56 AM , Rating: 3
How easily we forget a couple of basic facts.

1) Most people don't need 1TB of storage, don't even have 500GB yet. What most want is less wait doing common tasks, and no drive failures, no data loss especially since most people have poor if any backup strategy. Blame them for this but regardless an SSD comes closer to their needs even at 1/10th the capacity, and yet we do know the capacity will keep climbing and/or cost for what most people need will keep droppping - quickly, not taking a decade to do anything less than store huge movie collections.

2) We are not most people, considering it's a tech enthusiast 'site. We always want more, because otherwise it'd all get a bit boring wouldn't it?

RE: Keep sliding . . .
By HollyDOL on 2/7/2009 4:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree... I run with 2x160GB WD drives and over all partitions there's still about 100GB free. Unless you turn your HDD in a movie storage, that 320GB X25-M that is supposed to come out this year is pretty much healthy for use of waste majority.

For really huge data volume, get 2TB Green drives; usualy you don't need THAT fast drives for your several-lifes porn movies collection.

True server disks (SAS, SCSI) are pretty small as well compared to those we use at desktops. And it is like that for years.

Even though SSDs are pretty expensive still, I would like a couple of those. My disks are slowly about time to be changed for new ones (age) and having the last loud component in computer gone...

Crosses fingers there is more competiton so I can afford X25-M.

Now where's that 4TB SSD with 1GBps read/write!?

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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