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Details on Intel's Third-Gen SSD 25nm Refresh

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Intel to battle the SandForce.

Intel SSDs, while very consistent in delivering good performance, is no longer the leader of the pack. Coming soon, however, will be the 25nm versions that'll be a significant upgrade from the current 34nm SSDs.

The 25nm versions are called the Postville Refresh, indicating that it's an upgrade from the current Postville generation. If the performance specifications published by AnandTech ring true, however, then the third-generation drives will definitely outpace the current G2s by a noticeable margin.

Check out AnandTech for the full deal.

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    gmarsack , October 8, 2010 12:14 PM
    I like seeing the 300/600GB capacities up there... wonder how much something like that would cost - the gross national product of a small country perhaps? Cool to see this tech advance though. :) 
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    KingArcher , October 8, 2010 12:09 PM
    Why does Intel have poor write performance compared to other manufacturers?
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    KingArcher , October 8, 2010 12:16 PM
    gmarsackI like seeing the 300/600GB capacities up there... wonder how much something like that would cost - the gross national product of a small country perhaps? Cool to see this tech advance though.


    A hand and a leg for 160/300 GB. Probably a kidney as well for the 600GB ;) 
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    KingArcher , October 8, 2010 12:09 PM
    Why does Intel have poor write performance compared to other manufacturers?
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    gmarsack , October 8, 2010 12:14 PM
    I like seeing the 300/600GB capacities up there... wonder how much something like that would cost - the gross national product of a small country perhaps? Cool to see this tech advance though. :) 
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    komag , October 8, 2010 12:15 PM
    still no SATA 3 speed?
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    KingArcher , October 8, 2010 12:16 PM
    gmarsackI like seeing the 300/600GB capacities up there... wonder how much something like that would cost - the gross national product of a small country perhaps? Cool to see this tech advance though.


    A hand and a leg for 160/300 GB. Probably a kidney as well for the 600GB ;) 
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    sstym , October 8, 2010 12:31 PM
    It looks like Intel's next gen controller is barely level with the current SandForce and Marvell offerings.
    SandForce advertised for their next gen controller and the specs are way more impressive (I know, wait until actual benchmarking is done).

    What it could mean, though, is lower priced SSD's, which is what WE NEED.
    Last year, SSD prices hovered around $3 to $4 per GB. Today it's more like $2 per GB (for SandForce and Marvell anyway).

    When the prices hit $1 per GB, count me in.
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    burnley14 , October 8, 2010 12:41 PM
    Slower than expected. Bummer.
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    Tamz_msc , October 8, 2010 12:41 PM
    Its good to see that the lifespan has been improved.Intel needs to lower prices to get it right with this one.
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    invlem , October 8, 2010 12:49 PM
    KingArcherWhy does Intel have poor write performance compared to other manufacturers?


    Very rarely do you write a lot of data sequentially on an OS drive, outside of installing new programs or copying big files. For daily operations random read/write is what you want.

    This is why Intel drives, even with their lesser write performance still beat most of the other drives out there. The intel offering is known for its amasing random read/write performance.

    Of course SandForce has changed the game with their chip, I suppose only benchmarks will tell which is the better option for this generation of drives.
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    Kahless01 , October 8, 2010 12:55 PM
    would be nice to see the 80 and 160's get pushed down to lower price points and the 300/600 take their places but that will never happen. we can all still hope for 1$/1GB tho. ill keep my 80gb g2 drive for awhile longer.
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    thillntn , October 8, 2010 1:03 PM
    still going to have to wait on these...too expensive in this economy.
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    Spanky Deluxe , October 8, 2010 1:13 PM
    From the Anandtech article:

    "The new drive uses 25nm IMFT Flash, which means we should get roughly twice the capacity at the same price."

    While that would be quite good, Intel's drives seem to be quite overpriced as it is - a 160GB drive costs £320 here, whereas you can get a 256GB for the same money. If they release a 300GB drive for the same price then it would only just be cheaper than most of the competition.

    I may consider getting a 300GB drive if it comes in at under £300 to replace my 256GB Crucial drive. If they come in at under £250 then I'll snap one up right away.
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    alyoshka , October 8, 2010 1:27 PM
    Hmmmmm, I have one of the 80Gb 2nd Gen ones, durable yes they are, speed wise they lag, so will look forward to the new ones, I only hope I can afford it. :) 
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    serendipiti , October 8, 2010 1:42 PM
    Seems that improvements on the controller are minimum (perhaps write performance). But what performance comes from improvements on the controller and which one comes from the fact of 25nm flash. What will happen when other manufacturers (Sandforce) start using 25nm flash ?
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    scook9 , October 8, 2010 2:01 PM
    One reason I REALLY like my Intel drives....I regularly get performance BEYOND what is advertised. As supposed to the sandforce and indilinx drives I have had where the advertised performance is only a dream

    That and the size of Intel are what will keep me with them. They make very solid products. The Corsair x128 I had was extremely flaky where the intel drives are tanks
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    alert101 , October 8, 2010 2:04 PM
    This is over week old news. And the 2nd gen Sandforce-controller is the highlight of the day:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3971/sandforce-announces-nextgen-ssd-controller-sf2000-capable-of-500mbs-and-60k-iops
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    lamorpa , October 8, 2010 2:14 PM
    How can 'Total 4K Randon Writes' be the same for a drive sizes. Is there some standard for this measure? What does it mean?
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    AMD_pitbull , October 8, 2010 2:16 PM
    Can't wait ti'll these drives start hitting the SSD PCI-E performance level. 540/490 Read/write? I'm game. And that's the slowest speeds on the one's for sale at Newegg. Anyone think they have any idea when these SSD's will start catching up?
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    Anonymous , October 8, 2010 2:49 PM
    waiting for official TRIM support for all RAID modes
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    HavoCnMe , October 8, 2010 3:20 PM
    Too bad the majority of folks can't afford to drop $250+ on a storage device only capable of >100GB of storage. But on a brighter note, it will bring down the cost of Intel G2 devices. JMO
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    xero9200 , October 8, 2010 3:52 PM
    Anyone notice the increased power consumption? When active, this thing will suck twice as much power as the last generation. Sure that's still less than a hard drive, but it's not the direction we should be moving.
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