Intel To Push SSD Capacity At End Of The Year

"Intel aims to dramatically increase the storage capacities of both their enterprise and mainstream SSD lines."

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When one considers what SSD to purchase, two main concerns crop up: price and capacity.  The sheer speed of Intel's drives have allowed them to fend for themselves in the former.  However, in the case of the latter Intel has lagged behind, with the likes of OCZ having released drives with capacities reaching 1TB.  Well it seems Intel is looking to change that, with refreshes of their enterprise and mainstream SSD lines coming near the end of the year.

The updated Extreme enterprise series drives, codenamed Lyndonville, will utilize 34nm MLC flash and offer capacities of 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB.  The use of MLC flash seems a bit odd seeing as SLC is supposed to be far more reliable and faster.  Perhaps the decision was made in the interest of keeping prices lower.  With current X25-E SLC drives costing almost four times as much as their mainstream MLC counterparts, pushing out SLC drives of much higher capacities might just be too cost-prohibitive.  Intel might have decided the cost would be better spent on improved controllers and firmware.

Intel's mainstream SSD line refresh, Postville, will also bring about a process shrink and capacity increase.  Utilizing 20nm MLC flash, the 2.5" X25-M models will be available in 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB capacities while the 1." X18-M models will come out in 160GB and 300GB varieties.  The entry level X25-V series drive will also get a bump in capacity to 80GB.

Both line updates are expected to hit the market in the fourth quarter of this year.  So far there is no word on possible pricing, though with the process shrinks it might not be as bad as one might think.

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09-02-2010, 16:54:31

a8875624
Also - while your working on your PC, you might as well install a fill port to make this all easier next time. Danger Den have some cool ones- check the usual places- watercoolinguk etc. etc.

12-02-2010, 17:11:56

moorebwb

Also - while your working on your PC, you might as well install a fill port to make this all easier next time. Danger Den have some cool ones- check the usual places- watercoolinguk etc. etc.



hmmm, interesting...again thanks all for the info/help, massive help, just waiting for my coolant and bits and bobs, as they run out as i ordered through aquacooledpc.co.uk, will keep u posted! any info on installing a fill port? cheers Guys!

13-02-2010, 05:51:40

moorebwb

Its best to hot wire the PSU for draining or filling the system but there is a better way than that and risking braking you equipment.

You can get a 12 Volt Adapter (any type will do) and Just connect you pump upto that to get it to spin. Even a 9 Volt adapter will work to do this.

When refuilling you system and checking every thing is correct dont forget to try and run the system for a few hours to check for leaks. you never now.

Allso when refilling you may need to tip the pc back wards and farwards to get the air bubbles out of the system. You can then top up as you go along. It may take a little time for all bubbles to come out of the system but dont worry.



Have u got a link for a 12 volt adapter, theres so many different types...i did order a ATX 24 Pin PSU Bridging Tool cheers

13-02-2010, 10:05:58

tinytomlogan

Have u got a link for a 12 volt adapter, theres so many different types...i did order a ATX 24 Pin PSU Bridging Tool cheers



Your psu jumper will be fine, just make sure the motherboard and gpu power are not connected either and you will be fine dude.

18-02-2010, 20:24:27

Epicpccases
Bit-tech did a test that showed nothing performs better than normal water. You would be better off getting liquid corrosion blocker and some primochill dye bombs.

19-02-2010, 04:35:11

a8875624
Yeah but water can be a pain to use - its much easier just to get a bottle of some non conductive fluid.

19-02-2010, 04:36:55

thestepster
like distilled water lol

19-02-2010, 05:28:33

a8875624
Yeah but its still a pain - with all the dye bombs etc. It will come out to the same price as NCF or more. There isnt actually so much advantage using water - and that bit tech test was old but it did find that Feser One was better than water when their processor was idle.

Maybe im just lazy.

19-02-2010, 08:49:34

Epicpccases
Well dye bomb + primo chill corrosion blocker+ 2 dollars worth of distilled water is like 8 bucks max. By the time I go online and buy up feser one (usually need two of them) and then shipping, I could be down 60 bucks easily.

26-02-2010, 18:53:35

moorebwb
Just to let u know, all went well with cpu/gpu change over, just had to mess around getting the liquid out...but up and running thanks again!!!
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