Intel launches 910 series 800GB PCIe SSD with 2GBs read speeds

first_imgThe price of putting a fast SSD in your home PC or laptop is finally starting to become reasonable. Even Intel is launching a new budget 330 SSD line that starts at just $89.But as the cost of SATA SSDs fall, a new, even better performing range of solid state drives is starting to appear. They reject the relatively slow SATA-III interface and plug directly into your motherboard using a PCI Express connection. These PCIe SSDs are very expensive and aimed at business uses (data centers) rather than consumers, but that doesn’t stop them being highly desirable due to their speed and capacities.A few manufacturers have started offering such drives, but Intel is the latest with the launch of its 910 Series. It combines up to 800GB of storage with read speeds of 2GB/s and write speeds of 1GB/s. That blows away any SATA SSD available today, but you pay through the nose for that speed. The 400GB model is expected to cost around $1,900, with the 800GB version close to $3,900.The 910 drives do have another feature that makes them desirable for high levels of read/write access, though. It’s called High Endurance Technology and guarantees very high write rates without the drive failing. Intel states the 910s can cope with 10 full drive writes every day for 5 years. That translates to around 14 Petabytes of data written to the SSD before you start worrying about failure.Intel is positioning the 910 series as the perfect replacement for 15K hard drives. Not only are these SSDs faster, they offer power savings, too. And if you’re wondering how to fit 800GB’s worth of 25nm MLC flash chips on a PCIe card, Intel has stacked them across 3 boards and used 4 controllers and a PCIe-to-SAS bridge chip to handle communications.For now, these drives remain out of reach of most people, but it does bode well for the future. It shouldn’t be long before a consumer grade PCIe SSD sporting similar read/write speeds gets announced. And eventually Intel’s HET should become a standard feature on all its SSDs if it ensures the reliability of a drive.Read more at Intel, via HotHardwarelast_img read more