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Intel to Launch New 64GB SSD This Month

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Intel hasn't announced it yet, but the company's newest SSD product has leaked to a few European online stores.

It's a 64 GB version of the company's X-25E line of SLC solid-state drives, which are typically geared for enterprise servers and storage solutions.  According to Fudzilla, the drive is expected to hit stores February 22 to the tune of $790.  And just what do you get for the price?  An SSD that could outperform even the company's X25-M consumer-class SSDs.

The price point is an interesting stretch, given that Intel's been cutting prices on its SSD lineup as of late. Here's how the new drive will fit into the lineup:

X25-E (64 GB): $790
X25-M (160 GB): $765
X25-E (32 GB):  $415
X25-M (80 GB):  $390

What's even more interesting is the breakdown that occurs when you look at the actual dollars-to-gigabyte ratio for the solid-state drives.  Assuming that the ~4.5 percent performance difference reported by The Tech Report's WorldBench 6 benchmarks is accurate, you'll be paying nearly three times to price-per-gigabyte for the boost.  We've calculated out the exact ratios below:

X25-E (64 GB): $12.34/GB
X25-M (160 GB): $4.78/GB
X25-E (32 GB):  $12.96/GB
X25-M (80 GB):  $4.88/GB

Intel might be one of the leaders for solid-state speeds, but this performance certainly comes with a price.  Of course, the difference also represents the gap between SLC (single-level cell) and MLC (multi-level cell) designs: The X25-E series is the former and the X25-M is the latter.

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    mrubermonkey , February 12, 2009 6:43 PM
    Man, over $10 a GB.
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    mrubermonkey , February 12, 2009 6:48 PM
    Ah fug it, I will buy a dozen.
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    virtualban , February 12, 2009 6:51 PM
    Here is an idea: applications that don't need to load everything to RAM but run from the ssd "directly" loading as needed. Instant On OS and big games too (well, they will have to display the logo of the sponsor). Anyway, I still wait for more affordable performance because when software companies will make a bug free usage as mentioned above, the ssds will have replaced current hdds completely with better price/performance/capacity and everything.
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2009 11:55 PM
    I wished they would create a 32 and 64Gb MLC SSD, with high speeds.
    They would be awesome notebook HD's replacements.
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    tayb , February 13, 2009 2:14 AM
    What should I buy... a hard drive or a computer...?

    Who does Intel think they are? $800 for a 64GB hard drive? Don't tell me they are short on money they just pumped $8 billion into upgrading their factories.

    They must not actually want people to buy this. Just for show I guess.
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    V8VENOM , February 13, 2009 3:46 AM
    A good SATA RAID controller with some RAM sticks and some cheap 10K RPM SATA drives and you'll have 10X the storage and about the same performance, maybe even a little more.

    SSD is a great technology, but at these prices it's dangerously high-- so much so that it may never make it to the mainstream -- is that what Intel want?

    As of now, the only applications I have that would "need" this level of performance is capturing of uncompressed 1080p video.
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    zdzichu , February 13, 2009 6:32 AM
    Most performant? Aren't STEC ZEUS SSD delivering 3x more IOPs?
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    jaragon13 , February 15, 2009 12:58 AM
    zdzichuMost performant? Aren't STEC ZEUS SSD delivering 3x more IOPs?

    Actually I don't give a flying **** about how many *** **** IOPs the drives have,that doesn't tell raw performance of an SSD.
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    jvc08 , February 15, 2009 9:35 AM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220342
    i have this ssd, it reads pretty fast, but as everybody knows it writes damn slow. but you can have fun it's cool to have not, the heat and noise of a hdd, and lets not forget, the crash problems hdds have. ssds are a lot more reliable imo.
    32gb is too little. you almost can't install windows with only this space free. and it is too expensive!
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    jvc08 , February 15, 2009 9:38 AM
    jvc08http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820220342i have this ssd, it reads pretty fast, but as everybody knows it writes damn slow. but you can have fun it's cool to have not, the heat and noise of a hdd, and lets not forget, the crash problems hdds have. ssds are a lot more reliable imo.32gb is too little. you almost can't install windows with only this space free. and the 64gbs is too expensive!

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    tmc , February 15, 2009 12:15 PM
    Seriously, sites such as tomshardware should stop reviewing products such as this when they have an absolutely rediculous price tag attached to them. There should be zero tolerance for obscene greed in the tech industry.. they should be humble that consumers still want to buy tech in the current economic times. $700+ssd drives are crazily expensive and there isn't a whole lot of those crazy people who are willing to spend thousands on SSD drives and arrays when the conventional competition has a 10:1 price advantage, maybe environments where hard drives would be impractical.. perhaps an indy 500 race, military planes, space shuttle, etc.
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    Tindytim , February 16, 2009 10:11 AM
    tmcSeriously, sites such as tomshardware should stop reviewing products such as this when they have an absolutely rediculous price tag attached to them. There should be zero tolerance for obscene greed in the tech industry.. they should be humble that consumers still want to buy tech in the current economic times. $700+ssd drives are crazily expensive and there isn't a whole lot of those crazy people who are willing to spend thousands on SSD drives and arrays when the conventional competition has a 10:1 price advantage, maybe environments where hard drives would be impractical.. perhaps an indy 500 race, military planes, space shuttle, etc.

    You, sir, are and idiot [sic]

    The expense of the device has to do with the cost in creating it. It's a new technology, and as such, I want to here about it. If we ignore it, we'll never get to the point where they'll be affordable.
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    jawshoeaw , February 17, 2009 12:44 AM
    Man, everyone is so grouchy on these forums. Duh new tech is expensive, think what solid state drives would have cost 10 years ago. And $700 is not expensive is you are willing to pay it over some other bit of fluff you don't want, like a blu-ray drive, discrete graphics, etc. The final cost of your laptop might be the same. Imagine one of Dell's cheapo celeron lappies that starts at $400 but with the $700 SDD added, presto sweet fast machine if the HDD was your bottleneck for your particular needs.