With Intel’s recent Z68 chipset announcement that can use an SSD as a huge hard disk or RAID array cache, Intel has now unveiled a low cost SLC based SSD specifically designed to be used as a cache drive for the Z68 platform.
OCZ Technology Group, well known for its high-performance SSDs, has announced its new line-up of Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA3 SSDs and published products sheets including AS SSD results. These are targeted at enthusiasts looking for high performance SSDs without the cost associated with the Vertex 3 series.
One claim SSD manufacturers love to make is that SSDs are more reliable due to no moving parts, however, as Jeff Atwood reported at Coding Horror, they are not as reliable as the claim to be, at least the SSDs he got in 2009.
Intel is set to officially launch its Z68 Express chipset on May 18th. So what has this got to do with being on topic with SSDFreaks.com? Well, what makes the Z68 special is its SSD caching feature, officially known as Intel Smart Response Technology and one of the new features of Rapid Storage Technology (RST) 10.5.
One of the major hard disk manufacturers Seagate has announced that it agreed to purchase Samsung’s hard drive operations, which means that Seagate can focus more on developing enterprise SSDs and hybrid hard drives with the two hard drive operations’ R&D centres working together to develop next generation hard disk technology such as 2.5″ hard drives over 1TB.
OCZ is proud to announce that it has shipped its 1 millionth solid state drive. It was only back in 2008 that OCZ started selling its SSDs and now it has come to the point where OCZ makes most of its revenue from SSDs alone.
While it’s usual to hear about product launches being delayed, Intel is so confident with its 320 SSD series (Postville Refresh) that it will be bringing forward the launch of this range to March 28th. This range is set to replace its current X25-V and X25-M range with the same price point targeted at consumers, businesses and enterprise users.
From the time the first consumer SSDs became available a few years ago, there have been regular stories saying that next year will be the year they become mainstream with the help of falling prices. Today, SSDs are still seen as a luxury despite how much their prices have come down, so what makes them appear so expensive?