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Intel Intros 510 Series SSDs, Cranked to SATA 6

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

We're not quite at the third generation of Intel SSDs yet, but there's been a considerable performance upgrade in the latest offering from the chipmaker in the new 510 series that offers SATA 6.0 Gbps performance.

Supporting data transfers of up to 500 megabytes per second (MB/s), the Intel SSD 510 doubles the sequential read speeds, and at up to 315MB/s more than triples the sequential write speeds of Intel's current 3Gbps SSDs.

"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, director of marketing 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 6 Gbps 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."

Rather than moving to the 25nm NAND technology that's slated for the upcoming G3 Intel SSDs, the 510 Series uses proven the current 34nm NAND flash memory. The product is available now and comes in a 250GB capacity priced at $584 and a 120GB at $284, for 1,000-unit quantities.

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    philologos , March 2, 2011 12:15 PM
    You forgot to mention that Intel went with a Marvell controller for these SSDs.
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    caeden , March 2, 2011 12:17 PM
    well, sure it is faster than a 10K drive, but is it faster than the 72000 drive you announced today? lol
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    JohnnyLucky , March 2, 2011 12:19 PM
    User comments I read in gamer and pc enthusiast forums indicate quite a bit of disappoinment in 510 performance and price. Individuals expected more from Intel.
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    noblerabbit , March 2, 2011 12:27 PM
    greg, re-install Win7, and make sure to use the newest Intel SSD toolbox, it made my Gen2 80GB feel new again. There is a new tune option as well, in the new version SSD toolbox. the 1st gen Toolbox too, seemed to degrade my drive over time.
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2011 12:38 PM
    I think the author was tired when he wrote this, he said, "Cranked to SATA 6" in the title, and, "that offers SATA 6.0 Gbps performance." in the story. This confused me as leaving out the Gbps in the title made me think they were already discussing SATA 6.0 instead of 3.0 which we are currently going to. Adding in the .0 in the story confused me because you dont say 6.0 Gbps, you just say 6 Gbps. It again made me think he was talking about a technology name instead of the throughput.
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    stingstang , March 2, 2011 1:21 PM
    @caeden: You're right! They're probably just sweeping that monster under the rug. Although, since it spins that quickly, that rug would catch fire before long.
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    rhino13 , March 2, 2011 1:34 PM
    Hmmm... and by SATA 6 you mean the SATA 3 standard then huh?
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    wraith29a , March 2, 2011 1:35 PM
    For me, this looks like a rushed product. Either Intel has problems with the 25 nm technology, or the new Intel controller has some performance issues. Or both.
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    wraith29a , March 2, 2011 1:36 PM
    For me, this looks like a rushed product. Either Intel has problems with the 25 nm technology, or the new Intel controller has some performance issues. Or both.
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    nikorr , March 2, 2011 1:48 PM
    about time
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    FloKid , March 2, 2011 2:02 PM
    greedy basterds
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    dark_lord69 , March 2, 2011 2:19 PM
    120GB at $284

    ZZZZZzzzz
    Wake me up when it hits $100.
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    borisof007 , March 2, 2011 4:56 PM
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    borisof007 , March 2, 2011 4:56 PM
    Awwww, ASCII art doesn't show up right : (
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    zkevwlu , March 2, 2011 5:14 PM
    dark_lord69120GB at $284ZZZZZzzzzWake me up when it hits $100.


    Set your alarm clock to 10 years from now. Seriously, stop complaining about the price. Nobody cares that you can't afford a $300 SSD on a McDonalds salary. By the time a drive like this hit $100 there will be an even faster type of drive available for $2/GB and you're just gonna be bitching about that one. Do us all a favor and just STFU.
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    noblerabbit , March 2, 2011 5:35 PM
    SSD prices are actually increasing this year, and not decreasing. They will remain top dollar/GB throughout this decade, until a new storage medium is introduced by either Samsung, Seagate, or WD. They control what you buy and at what price.
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    nebun , March 2, 2011 5:43 PM
    greghomeDear Intel, FIX my SATA 3gb/s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! first.......

    dear greghome, why should we fix the ssd you have now...just buy the new and improved model...thank you for your business
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    AMD_pitbull , March 2, 2011 7:24 PM
    zkevwluSet your alarm clock to 10 years from now. Seriously, stop complaining about the price. Nobody cares that you can't afford a $300 SSD on a McDonalds salary. By the time a drive like this hit $100 there will be an even faster type of drive available for $2/GB and you're just gonna be bitching about that one. Do us all a favor and just STFU.

    People will always complain about pricing on things. Get used to it. Gonna have to tell a lot more people than just him to stfu if you want it to stop.
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    TemjinGold , March 2, 2011 7:53 PM
    dark_lord69120GB at $284ZZZZZzzzzWake me up when it hits $100.


    Sucks to be poor, doesn't it?
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    Benihana , March 2, 2011 8:13 PM
    I almost soiled my pants upon reading "SATA 6" then realized it was only SATA 3.
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