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Intel Readies 80GB, 160GB Consumer SSDs

Gordon Kelly


Intel Readies 80GB, 160GB Consumer SSDs

Intel has talked up its SSD plans for some time and talk of mouth watering products isn't new either but the chip giant now appears ready to walk the walk...

At the butt end of last week and just before IDF (our coverage is imminent) news has slipped that 1.8in 80GB and 2.5in 160GB SSDs are in the offing and end users are finally its focus. Dubbed the 'X18-M' and 'X25-M' respectively they are said to offering staggeringly fast 240MBps read speeds (even faster than Indilinx's trailblazer) but only 70MBps write speeds (still quick, but behind the near three digit rates seen recently).

Behind the M's will also be the 'X25-E' line for enterprise which will come in 32GB and 64GB capacities and be constructed from pricey SLC (single level cell) NAND for stonking 240MBps read and 170MBps write speeds. Gamers reach for your wallets...

On the plus side the X25-E and X18-M are said to launch any minute but sadly the key X25-M may well be held up until the new year. Expect to hear more of these bad boys from IDF this week (pricing perhaps?) and Intel to start throwing its considerable weight around soon after.

Patience. Upgrade time is near my minions...


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Brian ONeill

August 18, 2008, 3:27 pm

Can you explain how faster this is than a standard hard drive?


August 18, 2008, 4:07 pm

@Brian - a standard 5,400rpm laptop hard drive will read data at about 70MBps and write at about half that. It's a big difference!


August 18, 2008, 5:34 pm

capacity vs speed... capacity vs speed... capacity vs speed... why does life have to be so cruel?


August 18, 2008, 6:11 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead - looks like it won't have to be that way for long though...

PS - I revise my 5,400rpm speeds too. It's pointed out to me 70MBps read is overly generous and should be closer to 50/55MBps according to a number for readers. So there you go Brian - the difference is EVEN bigger ;)

Brian ONeill

August 18, 2008, 9:51 pm

Thanks, i get it now ;-)

Generally it would be good if you could give a real world comparision to current technologies. For example last week you had a story about the new intel i7 chips, but i was none the wiser about what was so special about them.

It would be good if you could say more power/speed/etc compared to X, this would make things easier to understand.


August 18, 2008, 10:02 pm

A bit like this Brian? ;)


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