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Intel Postpones 25nm SSDs to February 2011

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On the bright side, there will be a new G2 coming soon.

Intel has already announced its developments into making 25nm flash for the third generation of its SSDs. The G3 SSDs using the new flash, however, won't be arriving this year, reports Nordic Hardware.

Instead, the current 34nm Postville G2 SSDs will be refreshed with a new 120GB mainstream offering in the X25-M line. Performance characteristics will be the same as what's out currently, but the 120GB version will provide something between the entry-level 80GB and top-end 160GB.

The 25nm G3 SSDs, however, won't be arriving until February 2011, according to Nordic Hardware's sources. Intel may be waiting until there's a decent production capacity.

In any case, those waiting for the G3 Intel SSDs will be awarded with better performance and hopefully lower prices than what's currently available.

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    meat81 , September 28, 2010 2:16 PM
    MAKE THEM CHEAPER DAMMIT!
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    jvc21 , September 28, 2010 2:04 PM
    I sure hope the prices come down soon. SSDs have been out for a while now...about time they make it more affordable to the mainstream users.
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    schmich , September 28, 2010 2:24 PM
    Seems to me SSDs won't become all that cheaper, instead they will just go up in capacity and speeds. It's like that with most things. Take laptops for example, they won't go down to $50. They will remain at $399 (or whatever deal you can find) and just go up in performance year after year.
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    jvc21 , September 28, 2010 2:04 PM
    I sure hope the prices come down soon. SSDs have been out for a while now...about time they make it more affordable to the mainstream users.
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    Tamz_msc , September 28, 2010 2:08 PM
    Its not that much of a delay IMO.
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    meat81 , September 28, 2010 2:16 PM
    MAKE THEM CHEAPER DAMMIT!
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    schmich , September 28, 2010 2:24 PM
    Seems to me SSDs won't become all that cheaper, instead they will just go up in capacity and speeds. It's like that with most things. Take laptops for example, they won't go down to $50. They will remain at $399 (or whatever deal you can find) and just go up in performance year after year.
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    zachary k , September 28, 2010 2:28 PM
    jvc21I sure hope the prices come down soon. SSDs have been out for a while now...about time they make it more affordable to the mainstream users.

    they have been dropping in price, or do you not remember how small and expensive they use to be. just wait, hardware revolutions don't happen overnight.
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    wolfram23 , September 28, 2010 2:34 PM
    Well glad I didn't wait and bought my X25 M 80GB a couple weeks ago. Will be interesting to see how the 3rd gen does, tho. Probably will put Sandforce controller to shame...
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    alchemy69 , September 28, 2010 2:58 PM
    Yes, because new technology products are always cheaper than the existing ones.
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    kewlx , September 28, 2010 3:05 PM
    I need a 80 GB and 256 GB SSD but to expensive right now >.< maybe if they would actually take down prices for us they might make more because people would be buying them up so fast. I remember when hardrives hit like 10 cents a GB..just wish SSD's where there :D 
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    Kahless01 , September 28, 2010 3:18 PM
    once they can hit 1$ per gb ssds will take off. its hard to justify anything above that really. i only bought my 80gb x25 cause it was 50$
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    rpmrush , September 28, 2010 3:42 PM
    $50! That was a steal. I paid a little under $100 for my Kingston 64Gb. I'm gonna buy another and raid em for the next build.
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    scook9 , September 28, 2010 3:46 PM
    I have 2 Intel G2 SSDs (160GB and 80GB) as well as a 40GB OWC mercury (Sandforce-1200) and frankly, I prefer the Intel G2 drives. They are also pretty well priced compared to the competition. And Intel 160gb often cost the same as a 120GB anyone else drive. Same for the 80GB compared to 60GB drives

    They also perform fantastically :) 
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    loomis86 , September 28, 2010 3:47 PM
    ssds have a lot of catching up to do. I see them first taking over where size, dropproofness, and power consumption are more important. Slate/ipad devices for instance.
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    saint19 , September 28, 2010 3:58 PM
    I'm waiting for a Crucial C300 64GB and even that I'm still thinking that SSD are very expensive.
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    rockerdish , September 28, 2010 4:03 PM
    schmichSeems to me SSDs won't become all that cheaper, instead they will just go up in capacity and speeds. It's like that with most things. Take laptops for example, they won't go down to $50. They will remain at $399 (or whatever deal you can find) and just go up in performance year after year.


    Thats exactly what we need. I, for one, am willing to buy a 300$ SSD, provided its atleast 200GB and has better performance. I dont want to buy a 50$ SSD, with 512GB space and performing like a normal HDD.
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    oliver2oo4 , September 28, 2010 4:07 PM
    schmichSeems to me SSDs won't become all that cheaper, instead they will just go up in capacity and speeds. It's like that with most things. Take laptops for example, they won't go down to $50. They will remain at $399 (or whatever deal you can find) and just go up in performance year after year.


    Do you not remember 10 years ago or longer when the cheapest laptop you could find was well over $1000?
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    saturnus , September 28, 2010 4:09 PM
    I've heard rumours that it's because of incredibly low yields on the 25nm process that they have pushed the launch date until a time where they estimate that they have solves the problem. No guarentees that it wont be pushed back even further though.
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    drwho1 , September 28, 2010 4:32 PM
    I still can't care less for SSD's overpriced tag.
    It won't be until SSD's prices compete with Hard Drives
    eg: 500GB for $100
    that I will even consider to get one.

    and I beleive that most consumers would agree.
    there still be much larger hard drives and at even cheaper prices then, but at least 500GB would be at a reasonable price would be a great jumpstart for SSD's.
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    milktea , September 28, 2010 4:56 PM
    When Hard Rectangular Drive (HRD) becomes mainstream, hopefully it would drive down the SSD prices.
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    KCK , September 28, 2010 5:01 PM
    I like the future, SSDs will be quiet,fast&reliable..I want them now. :p  But they're way to expensive per GB and their small performance gain in access times doesn't justify the price tag either.

    You can get a 2x500 GB Raid-0 and 1TB backup HDD+frame and still have money left over compared to a 120GB SSD with +220 MB/s, while having almost the same read speed on more space.

    For the mainstream those rnd access times just don't matter, as most stuff that has to be loaded at the same time is usually on the same area of the HDD. The SSD will find that spot faster but won't read the data quicker. Unless you have one of those 400-700 MB/s PCIe SSDs (*drool*), but their price tag is even more insane.

    And finally the driver support of OSs needs to be better. Right now you need to 'hack' a lot of stuff by yourself to reduce wear&increase performance while making HDD performance a bit worse, because they share some settings.

    I like SSDs because they're so quiet, but then again a raid-0 (even with only 7200 rpm) seems to be much more cost effective until the read speed&size of entry level SSDs increases by a lot.
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    jonahkirk , September 28, 2010 5:04 PM
    To drwho1have you ever used an ssd? Sure, we'd all like them to be cheeper, but its one of the best performance increases you can add. Do you upgrade your gpu or cpu occasionally? Or are you still waiting to replace your once awesome P4 and ATI 9800?
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