Intel's upcoming high-capacity SSDs reportedly run hot, require a heatsink

By Scorpus
Dec 3, 2013
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  1. Intel is readying two new lines of high-capacity solid state drives - Fultondale and Pleasantdale - for release sometime in late 2014. However during internal testing of the SSDs, Intel has discovered a few issues that require some changes to...

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,174   +511

    Ill wait till I see the read and write speeds of these drives, but if they are not significantly better than the Samsung 840 EVO 1tb drives, then I don't understand why it needs a heat sink. I mean the 800gb option sounds like it runs hotter and is bigger (In physical size) than the 1tb 840 Evo. The 1600 option is a different story and that's the one im going to be watching. Though since these are going to be enterprise grade, they should be very nice at least in that sense because that means they will probably be very tough and designed for higher levels of reading and writing than that of a standard SSD.
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 961   +84

    Those Samsung 840's take what, 3 - 4 watts peak power consumption, 0.3 watt at idle? Tim states that these drives take 25 watts, so they're truly different. Something requires a lot more energy could be either higher performance or incredibly inefficient. I'm betting on high performance.

    I'm curious what the lifespan will be. If they are enterprise-grade drives this should be good! (But on the same token, the enterprise/datacenter is a climate controller, power conditioned area. Consumer's present a more hostile environment.)
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,615   +82

    Tech is already in tablets and smart cell phone just using NAND internal storage. They degrade in time. SSD sure going to overheat. They need to really think this out. Before they too quick to push it out to the market.
  5. PC nerd

    PC nerd TechSpot Booster Posts: 324   +36

    Kind of defeats the object of buying an SSD. You want it to be cool and use as little power as possible, but this drive has it the wrong way.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,050   +699

    Fultondale... that just rolls right off the tongue doesn't it? I hope one of Intel's competitor's makes a product line code-named 'Al' or 'Fred'
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  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,147   +172

    Like falling down stairs on crutches...
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    If heat is an issue, why does it appear the heat-sinks are enclosed under a cover plate? That would be counterproductive, if the drive mounting location has good ventilation. And to be honest, I couldn't image a server environment that doesn't have good ventilation.


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