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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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Price point isn't right
By Drag0nFire on 2/28/2011 1:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
Really hoping to finally replace my laptop hdd with a SSD, but the pricing isn't right. These days, 120GB just isn't enough for an entire system that includes OS as well as selected media, games, etc. And I can't justify shelling out $600 for a larger capacity.

It seems to me that manufacturers aren't targeting the laptop market. Benefits should be obvious - low power usage, no noise, speed boost vs a 2.5in hdd. They just need to make a drive that's large enough at an affordable price. I don't need 500Mb/s read times for my laptop...

RE: Price point isn't right
By Gungel on 2/28/2011 1:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
A second drive bay would be great on any laptop to add a fast SSD for OS and programs while keeping all data on the spinning drive.

RE: Price point isn't right
By lagomorpha on 2/28/2011 3:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
Better yet: A drive bay for a 2.5" laptop drive for storage, then a tiny drive bay for a 1.8" SSD

RE: Price point isn't right
By Belard on 3/1/2011 5:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
The 1.8" form factor is dead. 2.5" is already small enough, and for storage devices that are smaller... they use soldered chips or a custom form factor, such as those used on the newer Mac AIR notebooks... which look like a modern DDR3 module (tiny and long).

For typical users, a dual drive (Hybrid) setup is ConFusInG....

RE: Price point isn't right
By InternetGeek on 2/28/2011 2:33:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think the price is approaching right. 120gb for under 300. I think the SSD market will be ready for mainstream in about two years more.

RE: Price point isn't right
By crimson117 on 3/1/2011 11:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
You know you can get 120GB for about $200, right?

RE: Price point isn't right
By ksherman on 2/28/2011 2:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
I removed the SuperDrive in my MacBook Pro (who needs an slow ass 8x DVD drive?!) and replaced it with a 500GB 7200 rpm drive a year ago, and put a 80GB Intel Gen2 in place of the main drive for applications and such. It's great! So stinking fast, puts my 27" Quad iMac at work to shame pretty often.

DVD drives are out, replace them with SS Drives!

RE: Price point isn't right
By Alexvrb on 2/28/2011 9:25:23 PM , Rating: 1
DVD drives are out, yes, but what about blu-ray? Oh that's right. Big daddy Jobs knows whats best for you, and its not blu-ray.

RE: Price point isn't right
By Sivar on 2/28/2011 3:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
Large quantities of flash memory simply are not cheap.
It isn't as if Intel and other manufacturers are choosing between "fast, small SSD" and "cheap, slower SSD" -- flash is still expensive whether you have 1 channel or 12 channels.
"Cheap, slower" is a request answered by "mechanical hard drive."

RE: Price point isn't right
By Motley on 2/28/2011 3:27:24 PM , Rating: 1
I keep saying the same thing about ferrari's, but they don't listen either. The color, options, style, and performance are right, but the MPG and the price just aren't enough.

RE: Price point isn't right
By Drag0nFire on 2/28/2011 6:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but if the only two cars on the market were the Toyota Yaris and a Ferrari, you'd be pretty pissed too.

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with the current line up. I'm saying that it seems there's a whole market that no one address, one that needs a completely different feature set.

RE: Price point isn't right
By omnicronx on 2/28/2011 4:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
And I can't justify shelling out $600 for a larger capacity.
Then don't.. Most larger laptops have dual drive bays, and for those with smaller laptops/netbooks, you chose a smaller form factor and thus you are limited by YOUR purchase decisions.

Eventually we will see higher capacities for an acceptable price, but we are not there yet.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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