Leaked: third generation Intel 25nm SSD specs

By Emil · 12 replies
Oct 6, 2010
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  1. Intel's Solid State Drives (SSDs) will be progressing very well in the next few quarters, according to leaked specs obtained by AnandTech. Internally, the improvements are supposedly called the Postville Refresh (the X25-M G2 carried the Postville codename), but externally they will be called by the same X25-M brand we've seen since 2008. Intel is listing the new X25-M as being 3Gbps SATA only, though the SATA implementation has been updated to support ATA8-ACS so 6Gbps is possible once Intel has...

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  2. What does it mean that MLC will last only 12 months? Does that mean if I by an SSD today, it will die in 12 months on average use? That would suck.
  3. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    "they're reportedly able to transfer at least 30TB before dying"

    What about HDD's ? How much are they reported to be able to transfer before dying?
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I think you read it out of context.

    "after all erase/program cycles have been consumed" So I assume after the cells cycles have been consumed the MLC will last another 12 months before death. Take my response with a grain of salt though as I don't even own an SDD. Though... with these leaked specs I'm definitely thinking of grabbing one of these.
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    I'm definantely thinking of buying one of these
    However 30TB does not sound like all that much in my ears, then again perhaps they are not exagraggating, it's Intel afterall...
    Would be interesting to see similar specs from the other SSD makes, like the Sandforce based SSD's from OCZ like the OCZ Force for example which has really impressive performance

    sMILEY4ever; Normal HDD's are not rated like this, they are not "worn" by writing data, if I'd fathom a guess they can be rated close to ∞
  6. Princeton is correct!

    And guest Reading comprehension FTW!
  7. Per Hansson 30TB is quite alot if you follow the recommend usage for an SSD.

    So when building a system the hybrid approach still applies

    SSD for OS and HD for data.

    Following this method aswell as some tweaks like disabling indexing,moving swap file off ssd, browser caches and user temp files sit on a ram disc.

    My 160GB G2 drive that I bought in december of 2009 is currently sitting at 850GB's Host writes, and according to that data sheet I should be able to hit 15TB's minimum writes before it dies.
  8. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I simply agreed with the guests' posts. 30TB is in fact quite alot.
  9. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Maybe you are correct, I was somewhat thinking for server use aswell, the X25-E is rated at 1>2PB, while this may sound like allot for a heavy database server I could see you transferring that ammount of data in one or two years time...

    Does anyone know if this data is stored by normal harddrives aswell?
    Would be interesting to get some real life perspective on how much data I actually write myself as-is... (I can't remember ever seeing it in the SMART data tho)
  10. I've yet to see any applications that show you the host writes on a Regular HD.

    Maybe using some of the diagnostic tools that WD,Seagate etc provide on their websites might show this?
  11. Actually as a Home user (power user Web surfing video watching/encoding and Mafia wars) I too would quite happily trade 1 years of readability after death for much improved longevity. Please re-think this intel, I have stayed away from SSD till now as I knew this refresh was coming, but now I may need to stay away for a further 6-9 months..
    When Sandforce get hold of this there should be some screaming drives.. and cheap cheap SSD for a NAS or DVR/PVR/HTPC use.
  12. I use an Intel 160GB G2 drive for about 10 months and about four months ago I added an OCZ Vertex 2E 240 GB on my Dell M6500 Coveat laptop. I use it for software development and I run Windows Server 2008 R2 with a couple VM. Various developers acces my SQL Server VM as well as my VM Webserver. It works without a hitch. It is as fast as when the drives were new and I do not think that I will go back to spindles. It sounds so obsolete. At least these drives have three years guarantee versus 1 for the mechanical drives. Even if they last three years it will be time to buy another laptop.

    It has been the best, most meaningfull, not very expensive, I upgrade that I have done in a computer the last 22 years. I just can not wait until the technology improves and work at ram speeds.
  13. Well, the Sandforce 2000 chip will give the G3 a beating.
    Sequential Read: 250MB/s
    Sequential Write:170MB/s
    read IOPS: 50K
    write IOPS:40K
    Security: AES-128

    Sandforce 2000:
    Sequential Read: 500MB/s
    Sequential Write:500MB/s
    read IOPS: 60K
    write IOPS:60K
    Security: AES-256

    Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3971/sandforce-announces-nextgen-ssd-controller-sf2000-capable-of-500mbs-and-60k-iops

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