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IDF: Intel Announces Enterprise SSD 710-Series

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Intel announces the replacement for the aging X25-E solid state disk drives (SSDs).

Codenamed Lyndonville, the 710-series drives will be available in 100, 200 and 300 GB capacities for server applications. The new SSDs use 25 nm multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory instead of the single-level cell (SLC) flash that was used in the X25-E series, which was available in 32 GB and 64 GB versions.

Since Intel is using MLC, there isn't much performance gain in this new generation. Instead of 250 MB/s read and 170 MB/s write, the 710-series provides 270 MB/s read and 210 MB/s write data transfer rates. The IOPS count is now at 38,500, up from 35,000. The reliability rating remains at 2 million hours MTBF. There are a few new features in Intel's enterprise SSDs: The 710- drives can use AES 128-bit to encode data and there is a capacitor which acts as a buffer if there is a sudden power loss.

The 100 GB versions will sell for $650, the 200 GB model for $1250 and the 300 GB flagship model for $1900.

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    ojas , September 15, 2011 5:49 PM
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    The 100 GB versions will sell for $650, the 200 GB model for $1250 and the 300 GB flagship model for $1900.


    Ouch...
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    JamesSneed , September 15, 2011 5:57 PM
    Call it enterprise and charge three times the price over the Intel 320 SSD's. Certainly priced out of reach of the consumer market. Those are some steep prices for a company to cost justify the purchase.
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    DjEaZy , September 15, 2011 6:08 PM
    ... it's just wrong...
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    gmp23 , September 15, 2011 6:22 PM
    O...m...goodness. That's $6.33 per gigabyte for the flagship model. Lol. Ouch is right.
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    gmp23 , September 15, 2011 6:32 PM
    Just to put things into perspective, I just purchased a 1.5 TB HDD from hitachi for 50 bucks. I could buy 38 of those drives equaling out to 57 TB's for 1200 dollars compared to 1 drive of 300 gigs for 1200 dollars. That is insane.
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    gmp23 , September 15, 2011 6:34 PM
    *1900 dollars*
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    Derbixrace , September 15, 2011 6:35 PM
    slower than the last gen sandforce drives and that expensive? intel must be crazy...

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    stingstang , September 15, 2011 7:16 PM
    Derbixraceslower than the last gen sandforce drives and that expensive? intel must be crazy...

    They know what they can sell, and how much they can sell it for. Convince people that 'this is what your business needs' and you've made millions.
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    danwat1234 , September 15, 2011 9:40 PM
    SLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW and only 128 bit encryption, when 25xx Sandforce controller chips support 256-bit encryption. Impressive reliability claims.
    But, in this famous thread (http://www.xtremesys...-Vs-34nm/page66), the crucial m4 has passed 500TB in writes and it is still going..

    Sandforce enterprise SSDs have a capacitor as well
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    bin1127 , September 16, 2011 3:11 AM
    The speed is slow isn't it? I'm guessing the IOPS is the selling point?
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    ProDigit10 , September 16, 2011 3:36 PM
    you sure they are replacing the x25 with the 710, or just fading out the x25, and upgrading the 510 series?