The last several months have seen a few more SSD’s crossing our paths. Only a few have made the grade here for the professional workstations and sadly the others did not. To date the Intel® X25-M Extreme still maintains the roost and our choice as the top end of choice within top end workstations and as a boot drive in servers, swiftly following up in second place with Crucial’s C300 250GB in the desktop arena. Both of these SSD’s have their respective places and have been difficult to beat, until now. Today we take a look at the 250GB Intel® Solid-State Drive 510 Series drive that promises a whole new remit to the SSD market.
Two variants are now readily available the important 250GB which we are looking at today and the more cost efficient 120GB which has many target markets to varied to list. Intel’s SSD’s have been around now for a good period being one of the few companies that have constantly investing and rising to the challenge to make better, faster and more affordable SSD’s to the community. These varying types of SSD’s have been aimed at all sectors of the market and not forgetting pockets as many strive still for the vogue need for speed.
SSD’s still sadly bring with them many stigma’s and questions to those that are unsure of moving from standard rotational media. Many still believe that the WD VelociRaptor still gives a major bang for buck in many areas, especially the 600GB 6GB/s variant. Cost/GB is of course still being the primary objective that the SSD manufactures still have to overcome – but now they are turning this around very quickly much to the delight of many. However, there are other old wives tales about, though take some with a bucket of salt others, ask the question and possibly save you hundreds of bucks in the long run. The key to deployment of the SSD is knowing just where and when it should go. A key point of due consideration which will be covered within the conclusions.
Intel’s Marketing has sent over several good pieces of information about these two drives, the tools provided and a little insight to the newcomer on the block who has not looked at this type of drives at all.
Moving onwards we look at the Product Brief of the Intel® Solid-State Drive 510 Series, kindly supplied by Intel’s Public Relations department.
Performance Amplified! The Intel® Solid-State Drive 510 Series accelerates SATA throughput for demanding client systems by utilizing SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) performance and proven Intel NAND Flash Memory based SSD technology. Available in a 2.5 inch form factor, the Intel SSD 510 Series supports data transfers of up to 500 megabytes per second (MB/s). As an accelerated storage solution, the Intel SSD 510 Series makes desktops, workstations, and notebooks come alive by transferring more data in less time— expediting storage I/O and unleashing system performance!
Outperforms HDDs Designed to deliver outstanding performance, the Intel SSD 510 Series draws from decades of memory engineering experience and compute-quality NAND Flash memory manufacturing. The drives feature the latest generation SATA 6Gb/s interface with advanced architecture employing eight (8) parallel NAND flash channels equipped with multi-level-cell NAND Flash Memory. The Intel SSD 510 Series delivers exceptional throughput—dramatically outperforming traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). In fact, the Intel® SSD 510 Series outperforms two SATA 6Gb/s 10,000 rpm Raided hard disk drives! High-end game and workstation systems benefit from increased storage performance over mechanical hard drive configurations. Mobile workstations now experience higher performance, as well as SSD ruggedness and power savings over Raided dual-bay HDDs.
Solid State Means Rugged, Lower Power Unlike traditional hard disk drives, Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts, resulting in a quiet, cool, highly rugged storage solution that also offers faster system responsiveness. Boot time, application launches, file loads, sleep recovery, benchmarks; each activity is faster with a 120GB or 250GB Intel SSD 510 Series device. Delivering sequential read speeds up to 500MB/s and sequential write to 315MB/s, the Intel® SSD 510 Series dramatically accelerates operating systems and application performance. Designed to satisfy the most demanding gamers, media creators and technology enthusiasts, the Intel SSD 510 Series brings high performance storage and reliability to notebook and desktop PC systems.
Proven Support – SSD Management Tool Suite The Intel® SSD Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer provides a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools to maintain the health of your Intel SSD and optimize performance to “fresh-out-of-the-box” levels. The FREE Toolbox also includes the System Configuration Tuner that will configure your system to take full advantage of your SSD performance. Download the toolbox at www.intel.com/go/ssdtoolbox
The Intel® Data Migration Software helps you install an Intel SSD. With minimal steps, this tool clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD. The FREE Intel Data Migration Software supports Microsoft Windows* 7, Vista*, and XP and is available for download at www.intel.com/go/ssdinstallation
Capacities to Fit Your Needs Whether you choose 120GB or 250GB capacity, the Intel SSD 510 Series provides an optimized SATA 6Gb/s storage solution, accelerating performance and making your system come alive! Experience the hard-drive alternative with a 6Gb/s Intel® Solid- State Drive 510 Series.