Intel 710 Series Lyndonville SSDs Get Priced launch August

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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

  Price 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
Indilinx Everest
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
Sustained Read 250MB/s 270MB/s 2200MB/s 500MB/s 520MB/s
Sustained Write 170MB/s 210MB/s 1800MB/s 500MB/s 410MB/s
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
(with 20%
32GB: 1.0PB
64GB: 2.0PB
100GB: 500TB (900TB)
200GB: 1.0PB (1.5PB)
300GB: 1.1PB (1.5PB)
200GB: 18PB
400GB: 36PB
? ?
MTBF 2 million hours 2 million hours ? 10 million hours ?
Form Factor 2.5" 2.5" PCIe varies varies
Power (idle/active) 0.06W/2.6W 0.095W/4W 8W/25W varies ?
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
? varies varies

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.

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