Intel Phasing Out SSDs with 50nm Flash

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Nice to know that when I finally do decide to get an SSD, it'll be better than the 1st generation SSDs :)
 

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Intel, please come out with second generation "E" class drives. Don't bury SLC flash. And another thing, I hate how they were labeled "enterprise" class. That's just bad marketing - discouraging home users from purchasing them. They will fly in a desktop just like a server. The same thing bothers me about Xeon processors and ECC memory.

At least there's always OCZ Agility/Vertex EX keeping SLC alive
 

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[citation][nom]philologos[/nom]Intel, please come out with second generation "E" class drives. Don't bury SLC flash. And another thing, I hate how they were labeled "enterprise" class. That's just bad marketing - discouraging home users from purchasing them. They will fly in a desktop just like a server. The same thing bothers me about Xeon processors and ECC memory.At least there's always OCZ Agility/Vertex EX keeping SLC alive[/citation]

Actually I think in all cases (slc,xeon, ecc memory) price discourages the consumer more than anything.

As far as all three most consumers have little to gain (and really other than multi-P boxes who needs a Xeon?) from any of these technologies. Really SLC offers a limited return if only one person is accessing the drive. Xeon's offer no benefit IMHO(sure the extra valadation is nice CYA if you are running a critical server but in reality the nosebleed price gives you equivalent performance of consumer models with the exception of multi-P configurations. ECC pretty much falls into the same category.
 

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I'm looking forward to the large capacity SSD's with much lower $$ per GB price point than today. My experience with drives larger that 1TB is about 50% are DOA (or fail within a month). I'm hoping that SSD tech will not only give us great performance, but a much more reliable drive.
 

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Next year will be worth the wait for SSD prices to drop, that will be the year for SSDs to become mainstream finally hitting prices at arounf $150 for mainstream >100gb SSDs....
 

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"This week at IEDM, Intel revealed its 2nd generation high-k/metal gate transistors that offer better performance than resistors used last year"

How does a transistor have better performance than a resistor?
 
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[citation][nom]rambo117[/nom]is the lifespan seriously that short? only a year?[/citation]
I think they were referring to the Product Development and sales period.

That is to say, from the point that a product is developed and released to manufacturing for distribution to retailers, to the time that a Newer, better model is developed and released to manufacturing and distribution.

Whether they discontinue the previous model is entirely up to the manufacturer as Intel seems to be doing with the X25 series.
 

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[citation][nom]Renegade_Warrior[/nom]I think they were referring to the Product Development and sales period.That is to say, from the point that a product is developed and released to manufacturing for distribution to retailers, to the time that a Newer, better model is developed and released to manufacturing and distribution.Whether they discontinue the previous model is entirely up to the manufacturer as Intel seems to be doing with the X25 series.[/citation]
ohh, i see. Thanks for clearing that for me.
 

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I just order a couple of new drives for my machine today. I want to upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista, but I need to copy all of the data off of my 2x 500GB drives in RAID 0 configuration. I knew I wanted a 1TB WD Caviar Black for my main storage drive, but was still going back and forth between a 150GB WD VelociRaptor drive or a comparably priced 30GB or 40GB SSD for my primary drive. I finally decided to go with the VelociRaptor drive because of its proven performance and higher capacity. I really wanted to play around with the SSDs, but the ones in that price point just aren't good enough, especially for that small of capacity.
 
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Newegg lists the X25-E as being no longer for sale but I dont understand why they would be phasing it out since it has top read times and the fastest write times than any of their other SSDs. can someone fill me in on this?????
 

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I've heard through the proverbial grapeline that the Intel 25-E is due for some very necessary revisions some time this year. I think I recall 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB versions. I imagine these would be based on the smallest transistor node (34nm?). I certainly would expect TRIM support and all that jazz. Let me be clear by saying I full support MLC technology, but I also fear the possibility SLC might be reserved for enterprise markets instead of overlapping with enthusiast segments. I want innovation on all tiers of SSDs, yet without removing SLC from the enthusiast consumer markets.

I'm encouraged by the progress that MLC drives have undergone recently, but it's important to me that SLC drives remain an option for enthusiast home system builders.
 
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