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Intel SSD 313 Series Cache Drives Have Arrived

Intel has officially replaced its Larson Creek series (311 series) with the Hawley Creek series (313 Series). The 313 series uses 25 nm SLC NAND flash memory and is designed for Ivy Bridge's new 7-series chipset, while maintaining backwards compatibility with current 6-series chipsets. When used as a cache, the 313 series works seamlessly with Intel Core processors, select versions of the 6 and 7 series of Intel Express chipsets, and Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers (10.5 and newer) to provide a fast caching solution.

With the push by Intel on the Ultrabook side, the 313 series meets or exceeds the Ultrabook Responsiveness Requirements. Featuring Intel Smart Response Technology, the 313 series -- like most other SSDs compared -- will boosts your computer’s responsiveness with faster boot times, quicker application loads and overall snappier system response times. Because SSDs reduce spinning up of your hard drive, the 313 series delivers high performance with low power. This means longer battery life without sacrificing performance.

The 313 series will be available in two capacities (20 GB and 24 GB), along with two form factors (2.5-inch SATA and mSATA) on a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface. Intel lists the performance of the drives as follows:

Specification20 GB24 GB
Random 4 KB Read (up to)36,000 IOPS33,000 IOPS
Random 4 KB Write (up to)3,300 IOPS4,000 IOPS
Sequential Read (up to)220 MB/s160 MB/s
Sequential Write (up to)100 MB/s115 MB/s
Latency:
Read72 µs (TYP)72 µs (TYP)
Write90 µs (TYP)90 µs (TYP)
Power On to Ready2.0 s (TYP)2.0 s (TYP)

The Intel SSD 313 Series can be found at retailers around the price of $120 for the 20 GB version and $140 for the 24 GB version. Though these drives are designed as cache drive with the benefits of its SLC NAND flash memory, it may be hard to justify a 24 GB drive for $140 for this writer when you can easily find very capable larger capacity MLC NAND flash memory based drives for cheaper.

  • Hypertraxx
    Still, slow, as Intel always is with SSD's.
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  • confish21
    lame...
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  • blazorthon
    Uhhh, Intel... SSDs are supposed to be a lot faster than hard drives, not rather parallel with them. Get with the times and stop making this crap. I don't even see a good reason to make an SSD that doesn't need SATA3 anymore. Sure, even on SATA2 a fast SSD is awesome, but SATA3 drives are backwards compatible, so there's no reason to not use the newer, faster SATA3 and saturate it at least a little.
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  • victorious 3930k
    HypertraxxStill, slow, as Intel always is with SSD's.
    :O How on earth can you call the 520 slow?
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  • victorious 3930k
    blazorthonUhhh, Intel... SSDs are supposed to be a lot faster than hard drives, not rather parallel with them. Get with the times and stop making this crap. I don't even see a good reason to make an SSD that doesn't need SATA3 anymore. Sure, even on SATA2 a fast SSD is awesome, but SATA3 drives are backwards compatible, so there's no reason to not use the newer, faster SATA3 and saturate it at least a little.The reason SSDs feel smoother are the IOPS, not the r/w speed.

    BTW, both these comments come from a Vertex 4 buyer.
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  • eddieroolz
    This article reads like an advertisement.
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  • jimmysmitty
    HypertraxxStill, slow, as Intel always is with SSD's.
    Yet the 520 has sppeds matching the Samsung 830 and Intel has a PCIe SSD coming out that will pretty much kill anything with its insane 2200MB/s read and 1800MB/s write:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-710-Lyndonville-720-Ramsdale,12956.html

    While I think these drives are a bit over priced, they will still do what they are designed to do; give the HDD an nice bit of speed boost.
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  • Pawessum16
    For the vast majority of consumers, at $120-140, it's useless. Hello Intel!!! SSD's have hit $1/GB. I only see this as worthwhile in enterprise reliability oriented environments.
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  • fudoka711
    HypertraxxStill, slow, as Intel always is with SSD's.
    These are only used for caching I believe - so I'm assuming they operate in a similar manner to seagate's hybrid drives.

    Intel's 520 ssd's are, as we all know, pretty darn fast.
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  • hellfire24
    very fast and reliable.
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