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Intel Stable-State Drive 510 120GB Overview

Posted May 19 2011 6:54am

 Intel was one of many first producers to supply client SSDs again in 2008, with its X25-M line managing to avoid the ‘drive stutter’ issues of the time, as well as delivering excellent performance. This was largely thanks to Intel using its personal in-house drive controller hardware. As time has handed, though, Intel’s competition has  Tory Burch shoes  change into more various as new players have joined the market. While it’s updated its product line with 34nm NAND and revised firmware with TRIM assist, Intel’s drives have remained relatively unchanged over the last two years, peaking with the X25-M Gen 2 collection of SATA 3Gbps SSDs. Nonetheless, with the fast adoption of SATA 6Gbps, to not point out the numerous performance positive aspects out there from moving to the brand new customary, Intel has been compelled into  Louboutin Shoes  action. Its first line of SATA 6Gbps SSDs known as the Intel Strong-State Drive 510 collection, codenamed Elmcrest. However, moderately than produce its personal drive controller hardware again, 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  utilized in final yr’s Crucial C300 collection of SSDs, as well as the Essential M4 (assessment coming soon) and Corsair P3 collection of SSDs. Marvell has released numerous new revisions of the controller because the C300’s launch, with Intel using the BKK2 revision of the 88SS9174 chip in the 510 series. The variations between revisions are minor, although, and  Pandora Jewelry outlet  it’s the firmware behind the drive controller that determines a lot of an SSD’s performance. As Marvell only supplies the controller chips, it’s Intel’s proven firmware engineers who've dictated the 510’s speeds. As with most Marvell-based SSDs, the 510 arranges its NAND across eight channels, with the density of the NAND modules used dictating performance. Because of this the 250GB model must be quicker than the 120GB version we evaluation here;  tory burch outlet  it also prices twice as much.

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