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Intel Strong-State Drive 510 120GB Evaluate

Posted May 19 2011 6:53am

 Intel was one of many first manufacturers to produce shopper 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 excellent performance. This was largely because of Intel utilizing its own in-home drive controller hardware. As time has handed, though, Intel’s competition has  christian louboutin sale  grow to be more diversified as new players have joined the market. While it’s updated its product line with 34nm NAND and revised firmware with TRIM help, Intel’s drives have remained comparatively unchanged during the last two years, peaking with the X25-M Gen 2 sequence of SATA 3Gbps SSDs. Nevertheless, with the fast adoption of SATA 6Gbps, not to mention the significant efficiency beneficial properties out there from moving to the brand new customary, Intel has been pressured into  Louboutin Shoes  action. Its first line of SATA 6Gbps SSDs is named the Intel Stable-State Drive 510 sequence, codenamed Elmcrest. Nonetheless, relatively 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  pandora beads  utilized in final year’s Crucial C300 series of SSDs, in addition to the Essential M4 (assessment coming soon) and Corsair P3 sequence of SSDs. Marvell has launched quite a few new revisions of the controller because the C300’s launch, with Intel using the BKK2 revision of the 88SS9174 chip within the 510 series. The differences between revisions are minor, although, and  louboutin shoes  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 confirmed 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. Which means the 250GB version must be faster than the 120GB model we evaluation here;  tory burch sale  it additionally prices twice as much.

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