With the current flooding in Thailand causing platter hard drive shortages (see our blog post for more data), many in the PC industry regard this to be the ideal time for solid-state drives sales to begin to take off. While the establish date of the latest Intel 520 solid state drives has been designed since long before the flooding happened, this is the prime time for Intel to create a push on solid-state drive sales.With solid state drives, and traditional drives to a small extent, there are 4 main element to regards when selecting the right drive: cost, size, function, and reliability.
While few other brands might boast slightly quicker velocities, we have ever positioned a premium on reliability when deciding what products to carry - and in our experience, Intel through far has the excellent reliability of any brand we have utilized.
Solid-state drives are very, actual quick but additionally accept analogously little accumulator capabilities and are rather pricey. The new Intel 520 drives should be a bit quicker than the 510 band they are substituting as acceptable as actuality almost cheaper. It is too account acquainted that while the 510 alternation was aloof in body in 120GB and 250GB sizes, the 520 alternation will be in body in assorted capacities from 60GB absolute the way to 480GB.
The Intel 520 series will be the new Intel solid-state drive drives to utilize a Sandforce controller. Sandforce is so highly considered in the solid-state drive community, but what this will mean in conditions of reliability will be unfamiliar til the drives have been out for a moment. The complete 520 line uses the SATA 6Gb/s interface and consorting to Intel has a five year minimum helpful lifespan with up to 20GB a day written. The drives will be in build in sizes of 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB. Hard drive acceleration is best frequently abstinent in two units: MB/s and IOPS (Input/Output Operations per Second).
Intel states that the achievement of the absolute band is up to 550 MB/s (or 40K IOPs) apprehend and up to 520MB/s (or up to 70K IOPs) write. With best SSD drives, the acceleration is heavily abased on the admeasurement of the drive itself with beyond drives abundantly outperforming abate drives, so these achievement numbers will acceptable alone affect to the beyond drives. Manufactures additionally tend to account arcadian achievement speeds that will not generally action in a absolute activity scenario. It is not aloof Intel that does this, but rather a accepted in the adamantine drive industry that abounding consumers may not be acquainted of.
Last edited by laxmi29; 02-21-2012 at 06:26 AM.