Intel 710 Series Lyndonville SSDs Get Priced launch August
Intel's enterprise-class SSD 710 (Lyndonville) will launch in mid-August. The 100GB model will be priced in the region of ~US$650, which is nearly half of the X25-E's per-gigabyte cost. 200GB and 300GB flavours are also available and priced similarly.
Estimated Price and Price/GB
|Intel X25-E 32GB||US$370 (retail)||11.6|
|Intel X25-E 64GB||US$730 (retail)||11.4|
|Intel SSD 710 100GB||~US$650||~6.5|
|Intel SSD 710 200GB||~US$1250||~6.3|
|Intel SSD 710 300GB||~US$1900||~6.3|
Performance is not top priority for the SSD 710. Instead, Intel is aiming to provide SLC-level endurance at a reasonable price by using cheaper eMLC HET NAND. The SSD 710 also supports user-configurable overprovisioning (20%), which increases drive endurance significantly.
The SSD 710's warranty is 3 years or until a wear indicator reaches a certain level, whichever comes first. This is the first time we've seen SSD warranty limited in this manner. Oddly enough, the consumer-level SSD 320 has a longer 5-year warranty without any such limitations.
We've compiled a specifications table for those of you interested in the nitty-gritty:
|Intel X25-E||Intel SSD 710||Intel SSD 720||SandForce
|Capacities||32/64GB||100/200/300GB||200/400GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 1TB|
|Interface||SATA 3Gbps||SATA 3Gbps||PCIe||SATA 6Gbps||SATA 6Gbps|
|Flash Type||50nm SLC||25nm eMLC HET||34nm SLC||(e)MLC/SLC||(e)MLC/SLC|
|Cache||16MB||64MB||512MB||-||Up to 512MB DDR3|
|4KB Random Read||35,000 IOPS||38,500 IOPS||180,000 IOPS||60,000 IOPS||?|
|4KB Random Write||3,300 IOPS||2,400 IOPS||56,000 IOPS||60,000 IOPS||20,000 IOPS|
|100GB: 500TB (900TB)
200GB: 1.0PB (1.5PB)
300GB: 1.1PB (1.5PB)
|MTBF||2 million hours||2 million hours||?||10 million hours||?|
|Security||ATA password||AES-128||AES-256||AES-256, TCG||?|
|Warranty||3 years||3 years or when wear
level indicator E9 hits 1,
whichever comes first
The performance-oriented SSD 720 (Ramsdale) is expected to launch not long after, followed by Cherryville (successor to SSD 510) and Paint Creek (successor to SSD 310) in Q4 - via VR-Zone.