1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Hardware Intel X25-E 32GB SSD

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 17 Dec 2008.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2001
    Posts:
    18,881
    Likes Received:
    78
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/12/17/intel-x25-e-32gb-ssd-review/1

    SSDs might be able to deliver blistering read speeds, but they tend to fall down when it comes to write. Not so the Intel X25-E, which claims both blistering fast read and write speeds thanks to the use of SLC NAND flash memory. We find out if Intel's Extreme series SSD can make the grade and justify its monster price tag.

    :eeek:
     
  2. Jasio

    Jasio Made in Canada

    Joined:
    27 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    810
    Likes Received:
    13
    I'm surprised Intel even bothers to send out samples to "enthusiast" sites... I mean, what kind of value rating out of 10 were they expecting? Not exactly shining a good light on their products, sure it performs well but it's such a waste of money knowing you can buy a trio of 300GB Raptors for the same price.
     
  3. Tim S

    Tim S OG

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2001
    Posts:
    18,881
    Likes Received:
    78
    On the subject of VelociRaptors, I'll get in before anyone asks "where the VelociRaptor is" - it'll be on its way to us as soon as we're back in the office after Christmas/New Year and we will have a review of it as soon as possible after that.
     
  4. Toka

    Toka Member

    Joined:
    19 Nov 2006
    Posts:
    316
    Likes Received:
    6
    Have a good christmas Timmy :)
     
  5. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

    Joined:
    10 Apr 2008
    Posts:
    5,297
    Likes Received:
    54
    It may be the fastest drive you have seen but for the price only someone truly insane would buy one, especially for only 32GB of storage. Until SSDs come done more in price and can comfortably out perform standard mechanical drives I don't really want to know about them. No point wishing for something that won't happen in a long long time.
     
  6. Player-x

    Player-x New Member

    Joined:
    21 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    @ Bit-Tech
    I think that these test also should be done whit a controller whit onboard cache, like the $150 Areca ARC-1200 whit 128MB.
    A controller like this would companstat the X25-M bad wrigth preformace and properly also enhance the X25-E wright preformace
    http://www.areca.com.tw/products/2ports.htm

    My 2 cents
     
  7. spazmochad

    spazmochad Active Member

    Joined:
    21 Aug 2006
    Posts:
    516
    Likes Received:
    28
    Thats a huge flaw you left for the final page, especially on a measly 32gb drive.
     
  8. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

    Joined:
    13 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    1,810
    Likes Received:
    92
    the rewrite issues only became apparent towards the end of testing - didn't really seem fair to include it previously.
     
  9. Bauul

    Bauul Sir Bongaminge

    Joined:
    7 Apr 2007
    Posts:
    2,173
    Likes Received:
    38
    As a concept product: awesome. Looking forward to the next generation.
     
  10. Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove New Member

    Joined:
    13 Mar 2005
    Posts:
    345
    Likes Received:
    1
    Is it too late to ask for a nice graph illustrating this "issue"? I guess it does not matter that much I doubt anyone would actually buy the drive, but just because I'm the curious type....
     
  11. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

    Joined:
    9 Sep 2005
    Posts:
    8,612
    Likes Received:
    197
    I have been looking around at SSD drives, OCZ seem just too cheap so i expect performance to be poor!

    Basical i am looking you get a tablet notebook which i've choosen already and to swap out the HDD for an SSD to increase the notebooks battery life a little.

    Would the change in drives effect the battery performance by much or is this just myth?
     
  12. Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove New Member

    Joined:
    13 Mar 2005
    Posts:
    345
    Likes Received:
    1
    Hmm I think Bit looked at this and found a small advantage, I remember Tomshardware making a right @ss of themselves when they claimed that SSDs used more power, which they later had to correct. This is also down to the individual drives I think....

    (I could be wrong about all of this, could not be bothered to use the search function)
     
  13. laynesassepd

    laynesassepd TECH

    Joined:
    23 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    ok i dont respond here much but you have a $700 + sd card thats 32 gb, which is not that much space right, well what if you loaded say crysis off of your ram say you had 8-16 gb. how fast would that be or is it possible??? $700 plus is crazy for 32 gb. id think if you were prone to use 32 gb (SD) HD at $700 than you would think of 16 gb ram as possibility for a load for a program or game wouldnt this work too
     
  14. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

    Joined:
    13 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    1,810
    Likes Received:
    92
    I tried to get some reliable numbers but they were very unreliable due to the different state of the data in the cells when being rewritten. Sometimes it would be just a second or two slower (presumably most of the cells were set to off), while sometimes it would be more than twice the recorded time. In the end it averages out at about half the speed of the initial write when rewriting, but it's tricky to nail down anything more specific.
     
    Last edited: 17 Dec 2008
  15. Denis_iii

    Denis_iii New Member

    Joined:
    1 Jan 2007
    Posts:
    1,224
    Likes Received:
    14
    who buys this at these prices? jeez
     
  16. Nexxo

    Nexxo Queue Jumper

    Joined:
    23 Oct 2001
    Posts:
    33,576
    Likes Received:
    1,253
    That is pretty much correct. TomsHardware made the mistake of using a looping task on the drives. The SSD drives performed this faster and hence executed more cycles, hence using more power relative to HDDs. In real life terms the SSDs are more efficient. However 2.5" laptop HDDs are very power efficient to start with, using perhaps 0.5 Watts at idle and 2 Watts at the very brief moments of activity. So there is not that much on it.
     
  17. zr_ox

    zr_ox Whooolapoook

    Joined:
    5 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    1,143
    Likes Received:
    0
    The price is insane, an interesting comparison would be the 64GB OCZ E-Sata drive...just for fun!
     
  18. Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove New Member

    Joined:
    13 Mar 2005
    Posts:
    345
    Likes Received:
    1
    never mind you fixed it faster than me
     
    Last edited: 17 Dec 2008
  19. DorkSterr

    DorkSterr Hakuna Matata

    Joined:
    29 Nov 2008
    Posts:
    628
    Likes Received:
    6
    Not worth the money.
     
  20. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg New Member

    Joined:
    26 May 2005
    Posts:
    5,841
    Likes Received:
    80
    To you, i can see some enterprise uses for it, small but frequently accessed database that needs to be fast, at a company which can afford to throw money around.

    And for us lowly consumers its interesting to see how tech like this evolves.
     
Tags: Add Tags

Share This Page