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Details of Intel's Next Round of SSDs Leak Out

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Ready for a hybrid system?

Intel may have another new series of SSD up its sleeve that it hasn't told anyone but its OEM partners about. Thankfully, one of its OEM partners – in this case Asrock – has leaked out word of a "Larsen Creek" SSD series thanks to Asrock's showing of its Z68 motherboard.

The documentation speaks of Intel's Smart Response Technology that uses an SSD as a high-speed cache for an HDD. Seagate has explored this sort of hybrid technology in a single device, but soon this cache could hit 20GB with the Intel Smart Response Technology. The slide showing this tech has seen been taken down from Asrock's servers, but still survives in this Engadget posting.

Also on Engadget is a leaked slide showing that Intel also has plans for SSD models 710 "Lyndonville" 3Gb/s and 720 "Ramsdale" 6GB/s for the enterprise market, and even later 520 "Cherryville" 6GB/s to replace the 510. Also later this year will be another 300-series SSD that'll come in mSATA form factor in 40GB and 80GB capacities.

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    TheWhiteRose000 , April 29, 2011 8:15 AM
    I still prefer Kingston SSD's.

    :D 
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    belardo , April 29, 2011 10:14 AM
    Kingston doesn't make SSDs.

    And they used to sell intel SSDDs.
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    mobrocket , April 29, 2011 1:21 PM
    SSDs are cool
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    scook9 , April 29, 2011 1:26 PM
    I would love to see a Sata 3 solution with an Intel controller in it
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    infernocy , April 29, 2011 1:38 PM
    and probably cost my left arm
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    eastcoaster , April 29, 2011 2:01 PM
    ^^^ At least you still have your right arm. I have an SSD and it is well worth it!
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    wcooper007 , April 29, 2011 2:30 PM
    Yeah i got two of the 120 gig sata 6 intel ssd's in a raid 0 array and i love them i couldnt ask for faster proformance without going to a retarded pcie ssd
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    vk_87 , April 29, 2011 2:36 PM
    mobrocketSSDs are cool


    Yeah, when they cost an arm and a leg, they ought to be!
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    zulutech , April 29, 2011 2:47 PM
    infernocyand probably cost my left arm

    Already out there.
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    cadder , April 29, 2011 2:52 PM
    I want them to bring out something reliable that I can afford. Prices on SSD's have not come down in the past 6 months like they should have.
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    rosen380 , April 29, 2011 3:58 PM
    "Prices on SSD's have not come down in the past 6 months like they should have."

    Says who? Tech prices generally come down over time, but that can be counteracted when demand is increasing much faster than production levels, which is probably the case right now.
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    lamorpa , April 29, 2011 4:19 PM
    wcooper007Yeah i got two of the 120 gig sata 6 intel ssd's in a raid 0 array and i love them i couldnt ask for faster proformance without going to a retarded pcie ssd

    Buy a new keyboard. Your Shift and '.' keys are broken.
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    cadder , April 29, 2011 4:46 PM
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    120GB high performance SSD's are in the 150-200$ range
    Intel and Crucial SSD's in that size range are typically closer to $250. I have seen an occasional sale on other brand SSD's that will dip below $200 after rebate, but if you check the ratings on these products they are usually pretty poor. An example- I go to newegg.com and look at the 120GB range. Picking a name brand even, such as the OCZ that newegg says is "voted best of the best". Newegg has 322 reviews, and 31% of the reviews are for 1 or 2 eggs only. A full 1/3 of the buyers didn't like the product. Corsair and G.Skill are marginally better. You have to get to the Crucial or Intel products starting at $245 before the user ratings start to look much better.


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    Says who? Tech prices generally come down over time, but that can be counteracted when demand is increasing much faster than production levels


    Yes apparently the demand is keeping the prices up, which is what I said earlier when I said that prices were not coming down. I know that generally prices do come down and they have been steadily coming down on mechanical hard drives, but SSD's have been much slower.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 29, 2011 6:35 PM
    I wish they'd quit making these small useless SSDs and start beefing up the capacity to at least 1 TB. Yes, they'd be very costly but that will eventually change.
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    jprahman , April 29, 2011 7:34 PM
    Yeah, good luck paying >$1000 for your 1TB SSD. There's a good reason why SSDs are currently available in mainly these "useless" small sizes, cost. Personally I think a lot of people overestimate the amount of hard drive space they need. I see plenty of people getting computers with 640GB+ hard drives and only using about 100-200GB worth of space. If you think about it, unless you store lots of movies, pictures, or music 128-256GB is more than enough space for all of your programs and the OS. If you do have loads of data files then just put them on a cheap data HDD.

    EDIT: Spelling
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    dark_lord69 , April 29, 2011 7:46 PM
    BelardoKingston doesn't make SSDs.

    What?... idiot.
    http://www.newegg.com
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    rosen380 , April 29, 2011 7:57 PM
    Even if you do have 100s of GB of movies and music, a secondard traditional HDD handles them quite well, so it probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense to throw $1.50/GB at a problem with a $0.10/GB solution [unless you are well-off enough that you don't care about money at all and just want that movie to start within 1 sec of when you click on it rather than like 3 sec]... :) 
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    JohnnyLucky , April 29, 2011 8:35 PM
    The chart is new but the information was leaked quite a while ago.
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    bloodlust22 , April 29, 2011 8:47 PM
    mobrocketSSDs are cool


    Really? What's so cool about them? If overpriced for what there worth is cool, then yes they are VERY cool. I'd take a 7200rpm large capacity RAID setup anyday over these.
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    noblerabbit , April 29, 2011 8:58 PM
    rosen380"Prices on SSD's have not come down in the past 6 months like they should have." Says who? Tech prices generally come down over time, but that can be counteracted when demand is increasing much faster than production levels, which is probably the case right now.


    SSDs will remain high/over $1 / GB for the next two years at the very least. Also prices have actually recently increased, and not decreased. If you want deals, shop for Vertex2 drives, as they are now discontinued. Vertex 3 is around the corner. you can find 120GB vertex2 for apprix $1/GB . Otherwise lower SSD Prices will destroy the mechanical HDD market.
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