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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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Intel's engineering
By jeffbui on 2/28/2011 2:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe Intel was unable to engineer a decent third gen SSD controller with all of the resources available to them. Their CPUs are great but they appear to be unsuccessful in other areas.

RE: Intel's engineering
By Murst on 2/28/2011 3:09:51 PM , Rating: 2
Intel is a hardware company. There aren't very many excellent hardware companies who also excel at software, just like there aren't very many software companies who excel at hardware.

If at some point in the future Intel will want to own the controller in their SSD, they'll just buy the company who makes it (or just buy the software IP from them).

RE: Intel's engineering
By omnicronx on 2/28/2011 4:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think you kind of missed the point. Intel previously did make/use their own controllers in previous Intel SSD's.

That said, they were still the performance leaders.. so while I do wonder a bit why they switched controllers, its not like its a bad thing for consumers. I'm guessing this was just a more cost effective solution for the time being and for all intents and purposes, it was the controller that was holding them back.

RE: Intel's engineering
By someguy123 on 3/1/2011 12:22:37 AM , Rating: 2
Well, they were leaders in IOPs, but compared to SF they provide only about half the speed in writes. Considering they've been partnering with companies lately to push thunderbolt, they probably didn't have a controller ready that could provide enough sequential throughput, so they slapped on a marvel controller to help them advertise vs USB3.0. I believe the specs are just slightly above what USB3.0 can do after taking into account protocol overhead.

RE: Intel's engineering
By ICBM on 2/28/2011 4:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
I do find it odd that they are using a 3rd party controller as well. Especially considering that their first generation controller is basically what ushered us into the current era of fast, stutter free ssds. You would have thought they would have been that much more ahead of all the other guys.

Apparently being smaller is an advantage in ssd controllers. I don't know if it allows more flexibility or what, but there has to be some reason.

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