So far, as far as third party gossip goes, we have heard both good and bad about them.
The big question for us when it comes to laptops is: Power consumption. Do the drives have a reduced power consumption requirement over standard spindle based drives? The bits and pieces we have come across have been on both sides of the fence.
No matter what the power consumption is though, this little point sure was an eye popper:
Intel SSD: Up to 250MB/s sequential read, up to 170MB/s sequential write
Wow ... wow ... wow! 8-O
Capacities are not there yet ... but they are coming up. And when they do, say bubbye to spindle based storage as a mainstream way of keeping data on the local machine.
There may still be a need for spindles in specialty applications, but there is absolutely no doubt that SSD is the future of local machine data storage.
Now, to get a set of eight 64GB Intel X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drives for an absolutely killer RAID 0+1 array that would totally saturate the PCI-E bus man! :D
Just a little geeking out here ...
- The spec sheet is here: Intel X25-E SATA Solid State Drive (PDF direct link).
- Product brief here: Intel X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drives Product Brief (PDF direct link).
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