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510 Series SSDs are available in 120GB and 250GB capacities

We got a glimpse of what to expect with Intel's latest storage products last week when LaCie let it be known that its upcoming Little Big Disk features the new 510 Series SSDs. Today, Intel is making the announcement official

Instead of using an in-house controller, Intel's new 510 Series SSDs make use of a Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 controller. As a result, the new 6Gbps SSDs offer read speeds of 500MB/sec and write speeds of up to 315MB/sec. 

"The Intel SSD 510 Series helps round out our SSD product line and was specifically designed for applications that require high sequential media transfers," said Pete Hazen, marketing director for Intel's NAND Solutions Group. "Whether it's a gamer wanting impeccable visual performance and faster game loading, or a performance-intensive workstation user, the new 6Gbps SATA SSD from Intel is not only significantly faster than the top 10,000 RPM gaming HDD, it's also faster than two RAIDed gaming HDDs."

The Intel 510 Series SSDs feature a 3-year warranty and come in capacities of 120GB and 250GB. The smaller SSD will set you back $284, while the larger one will run around $584.

Head on over to PC Perspective for a preview of the new SSDs.



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RE: Translated from marketspeak
By Marlin1975 on 2/28/2011 1:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
By competitors you mean the ones that need many firmware updates and some that get better performance than other because they paid more? Also the same ones that say back up all data to update as many report this will blow your data up?

Sorry but relability is what I am most looking for in the next gen SSDs. Its 1 of the big reason I have not jumped on yet with price 2nd.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By Gungel on 2/28/2011 1:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
And what makes you think this drive is perfect? Intel had to deal with data loss issues on their SSD's in the past.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By name99 on 2/28/2011 2:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
And yet people will scream and complain about how "crappy Apple ships slow SSDs in their laptops --- typical incompetence, blah, blah".

I have not yet heard a single horror story of Apple SSDs losing data, having half-way firmware updates, etc. Sure it can be irritating to compare the headline numbers of what will supposedly be shipped next quarter with what your MacBook Air delivers, but looking at the big picture, is it such a bad tradeoff?
Hopefully in five years this firmware nonsense will be behind us (though one suspects the same incompetence that gave us the 2TiB limit and the 4kiB sector problems will always be with us), at which point it will actually be reasonable and legitimate to complain if Apple is shipping SSDs that are grossly slower than the competition.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By Flunk on 2/28/2011 4:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
Just because everyone you know hasn't had an issue with a certain SSD doesn't mean anything. Myself and all my friends have had no issues with our OCZ Vertex 2 drives. It doesn't mean all OCZ drives are perfect.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By omnicronx on 2/28/2011 4:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
So you don't think its a problem that you are paying for SSD performance, but you are not really receiving it? Random read and write performance is terrible for an SSD on Apple devices, and it needs to change.

I've had ZERO problems with either of my SSD's, perhaps because I'm not a fool and I don't use beta/just released firmware.

Use a stable tried and tested SSD and you most likely won't have any problems, its not like Apple is doing anything special.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By retrospooty on 2/28/2011 7:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
"I have not yet heard a single horror story of Apple SSDs losing data"

Uh, you know like 4% of the market are Mac's right? So, with more than 20x the PC's out there, you do hear more issues on PC's.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By chiadog on 3/1/2011 12:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
Small market share compounded with only a small percentage of Macs available with SSD. With the number of netbooks with SSD, OSX is probably in the last place in SSD install base among the popular OS's.


RE: Translated from marketspeak
By Wolfpup on 3/2/2011 9:47:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, it's why I bought a second gen Intel SSD, and it's why I'll buy a third (although I wish the sizes were larger/cheaper, but oh well).

I am a bit disapointed it's not an Intel controller, but if it works...

Plus regarding the second gen drive, while people think its performance was beat, it actually remained competitive for random reads/writes, which is where you really notice issues.


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