Intel announces new SSD range

New SSD drives available with 120GB and 250GB of capacity and are said to be ideal for gamers, media creators and workstation users

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Intel announces new SSD range The 510 Series of SSDs is said to offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/sec and 315MB/sec
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  March 1, 2011

Intel has announced its next generation of solid state drives (SSDs) known as the Intel SSD 510 series. The new drives feature 6Gbps Serial ATA compatibility and are said to be ideal for gamers, media creators and workstation users.

"The Intel SSD 510 Series helps round out our SSD product line and was specifically designed for applications that require high sequential media transfers," said Pete Hazen, Director of Marketing for Intel's NAND Solutions Group. "Whether it's a gamer wanting impeccable visual performance and faster game loading, or a performance-intensive workstation user, the new 6Gbps SATA SSD from Intel is not only significantly faster than the top 10,000 RPM gaming HDD, it's also faster than two RAIDed gaming HDDs."

Intel says its new 510 series SSD drives offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/sec (megabytes per second) and 315MB/sec respectively. The former figure is double that offered by the older generation SSD drives, while the write speed figure is thrice as fast as the current 3Gbps drives.

"As a game developer the number one thing we try to optimise during development isn't our game's memory usage or frames per second, but our content creator's iteration time," said Dave Lang, CEO of Iron Galaxy, a Chicago-based game development studio. "By transitioning our team to Intel's 6Gbps SSDs, we've seen a dramatic 15 to 20 percent improvement in the time it takes one of our developers to make a change in the editor, then get to try it out in-game. Faster iterations mean more iterations, which means a better game for the consumer."

The 510 series drives use Intel's 34nm NAND flash memory. To date Intel has released the 510 series with two capacities; 120GB and 250GB. The price for each drive (in 1,000-unit quantities) is pegged at $284 and $584 respectively. Both SSD drives are covered by a three-year warranty period and are available now.

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