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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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List prices
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2009 12:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
The prices listed are LIST. Last month on Newegg the 80GiG was 400, not 600. I expect the new price on Newegg to be in the 200's.

No other SSD's even come close to the Intel for the money. For 200+ bucks, you would be hard pressed to find a better investment to increase PC performance.




RE: List prices
By Jansen (blog) on 2/8/2009 4:21:48 AM , Rating: 2
The price drop was actually at the end of January. The channel has known about this for a while and started adjusting their pricing early, it just took a little longer for it to get to us.

Newegg is selling the X-25E for $400, right now they have a promotion at $370 with free shipping. Don't expect to see prices drop too much until Vertex and Apex sales start to hit Intel's sales.

Newegg is not going to magically sell SSDs for half price. It may drop to $300 as Intel adjusts pricing though...


RE: List prices
By fteoath64 on 2/9/2009 7:55:01 AM , Rating: 2
Titan and Apex walks all over the Intels with their SLOW write speed. It is a matter of months before these goes at fire-sale prices. The next generation of really fast SSDs are just around the corner, so these products now are almost like perishable goods.

Just wait till Toshiba releases their stuff in a couple of months...


RE: List prices
By Jansen (blog) on 2/12/2009 9:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
Maximum SUSTAINED write speed is one thing, but you'll hardly see that. RANDOM write speeds, on the other hand, has been the Achilles heel of MLC SSDs.


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