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Intel Solid-State Drive 510 120GB Assessment

Posted May 19 2011 6:57am

 Intel was one of many first manufacturers to provide consumer SSDs again in 2008, with its X25-M line managing to keep away from the ‘drive stutter’ issues of the time, as well as delivering wonderful performance. This was largely because of Intel utilizing its own in-home drive controller hardware. As time has passed, though, Intel’s competition has  pandora bracelets  develop into more diverse as new players have joined the market. While it’s up to date its product line with 34nm NAND and revised firmware with TRIM help, Intel’s drives have remained relatively unchanged over the last two years, peaking with the X25-M Gen 2 series of SATA 3Gbps SSDs. Nonetheless, with the fast adoption of SATA 6Gbps, to not mention the significant efficiency features obtainable from moving to the new standard, Intel has been pressured into  Bandage Dress  action. Its first line of SATA 6Gbps SSDs known as the Intel Stable-State Drive 510 collection, codenamed Elmcrest. Nevertheless, slightly than produce its personal drive controller hardware once more, Intel has chosen to licence Marvell’s 9174 drive controller chip. The Marvell 9174 is a proven SATA 6Gbps controller, having been  Christian louboutin heels  used in last yr’s Essential C300 collection of SSDs, as well as the Crucial M4 (assessment coming quickly) and Corsair P3 sequence of SSDs. Marvell has released quite a few new revisions of the controller for the reason that C300’s launch, with Intel utilizing the BKK2 revision of the 88SS9174 chip within the 510 series. The variations between revisions are minor, though, and  louboutin shoes  it’s the firmware behind the drive controller that determines much of an SSD’s performance. As Marvell solely provides the controller chips, it’s Intel’s confirmed firmware engineers who've dictated the 510’s speeds. As with most Marvell-based SSDs, the 510 arranges its NAND throughout eight channels, with the density of the NAND modules used dictating performance. Which means the 250GB version should be sooner than the 120GB version we evaluate here;  True religion jeans sale  it also prices twice as much.

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