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Intel's 320 GB 'Postville' SSD May Arrive Soon

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

More information has surfaced in regards to the unannounced Postville SSDs from Intel.

A forum post on Canadian website RedFlagDeals is reporting that new details have surfaced in regards to Intel's upcoming line of Postville SSDs based on 32nm NAND flash. In addition to the 80 GB and 160 GB models, Intel will also provide a 320 GB model as originally reported last month (story). The drives are also slated to feature a higher performance than SSD's offered by rival manufacturers.

In regards to pricing, this site and this site list the 80 GB for $276 and $261 USD respectively, and are cheaper than the existing SSDs. The drives are expected to be in stock by the end of the month, however Intel has yet to formally announce the Postville line (which should be within the week).

The post also reveals that the consumer PC and mobile models will be Halogen free, feature a 32 MB wear leveling buffer, 90 MB/sec. sequential write performance, AES 128-bit Encryption, advanced NCQ features with enhanced performance through status aggregation, and Advanced Smart Support with improved drive statistics to monitor drive life.

As for the workstation and server models, the Postville line will feature power safe write cache and all other features found with the consumer PC and mobile versions (save for the sequential speeds, which will be faster).

Expect an official announcement from Intel before the end of the month.

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    Shnur , July 21, 2009 12:42 AM
    This may end up in my computer if it's really going down, price-wise
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    Master Exon , July 21, 2009 1:10 AM
    I might give in later this year. $250~ seems like such a waste for 80GB... but the power... must have precious...
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    neon neophyte , July 21, 2009 1:27 AM
    DO WANT.
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    one-shot , July 21, 2009 3:39 AM
    This may be the SSD for me. An 80GB should be fine for OS and a few games and other frequently used programs. I hope it's ~$200-250.
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    rcpratt , July 21, 2009 3:47 AM
    I just took my old X25-M out of my comp, got newegg to give me a refund since a) I want the 160GB instead of 80GB, and b) I want the new tech :) 

    Holy crap is a Caviar Black noticeably slow compared to the X25-M. Not that anybody needed me to tell them that.
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    the_one111 , July 21, 2009 4:33 AM
    Awww... man. That ain't right.

    Now I have technological lust again!

    DAMN YOU SILICON!!!!!!!!
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    redgarl , July 21, 2009 4:39 AM
    Is that a 3.5 inch SSD!!!!!????
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    descendency , July 21, 2009 5:07 AM
    Advanced Smart Support... great acronym.
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    fabolous , July 21, 2009 5:28 AM
    redgarlIs that a 3.5 inch SSD!!!!!????

    No, it's a 2.5" SSD. The smaller one is 1.8".

    Well, this is great news...except I just bought a X-25M. Oh well.
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    deputc26 , July 21, 2009 5:31 AM
    34nm not 32nm, several of these news articles have reported the wrong process node, Micron does not make 32nm flash.
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    Regulas , July 21, 2009 11:55 AM
    Last time I checked, the memory chips in these will wear out about as fast as a traditional HD even faster before they came out with wear leveling buffers. If these drives never wore out then the extra cash would be worth it.
    No thank you, I will save my cash and buy a traditionl drive. You can pick 1Tb drives for under $100 now. 500Gb for just over $50 at Newegg.
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    dawgma , July 21, 2009 12:44 PM

    You do realize that people buy these for the performance, not the capacity right? Or did you deliberately miss the point? The best combo is SSD for OS and programs + high capacity HDD for miscellaneous data.
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    eximious , July 21, 2009 1:29 PM

    Agree, but I'd add that the best combo is SSD for OS and programs + redundant HDD array for miscellaneous data / back-up.
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 4:19 PM
    Where is the author of this article getting those prices for the 80GB? I clicked the link and searched for X25 - clicked one of the links and the price was $358???
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    tipoo , July 21, 2009 4:22 PM
    Cant wait to see benchmarks. Can wait to see the price.
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    Master Exon , July 21, 2009 4:22 PM
    deputc2634nm not 32nm, several of these news articles have reported the wrong process node, Micron does not make 32nm flash.

    It's been a whole day and they still haven't fixed that one.
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    alert101 , July 23, 2009 4:05 PM
    And still only 90MB/s write speed... *sigh*