Intel unveils new ‘super-fast’ 6 Gbps SSD

By on March 1, 2011
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New in the Intel SSD 510 series will be available in 250GB and 120GB flavor.

Intel has announced a new SSD drive in the Intel SSD 510 series. The updated 510 SSD drive boasts speeds of 6Gbps that takes advantage of the higher speed SATA interface introduced in the Sandy Bridge platform.

The drive has read speeds of 500 MB per second and 315 MB per second, which is more than double of Intel’s current 3Gbps model. Intel also claims the 6Gbps SSD is at least 50% faster than normal 10,000 RPM mechanical drives.

“The Intel SSD 510 Series helps round out our SSD product line and was specifically designed for applications that require high sequential media transfers,” said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for Intel’s NAND Solutions Group. “Whether it’s a gamer wanting impeccable visual performance and faster game loading, or a performance-intensive workstation user, the new 6Gbps SATA SSD from Intel is not only significantly faster than the top 10,000 RPM gaming HDD, it’s also faster than two RAIDed gaming HDDs.”

“As a game developer the number one thing we try to optimize during development isn’t our game’s memory usage or frames per second, but our content creator’s iteration time,” said Dave Lang, CEO of Iron Galaxy, a Chicago-based game development studio. “By transitioning our team to Intel’s 6Gbps SSDs, we’ve seen a dramatic 15 to 20 percent improvement in the time it takes one of our developers to make a change in the editor, then get to try it out in-game. Faster iterations mean more iterations, which means a better game for the consumer.”

The new Intel 510 SSD will be available in 250GB and 120GB varieties.


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