New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

Summary: In the now lengthy campaign for solid-state drives to replace hard drives as the storage tech of choice in desktops, Intel and OCZ hope they have breakthrough products with their latest lines of SSDs, the SSD 510 and Vertex 3 (pictured above), respectively.Both have native support for SATA 6Gbps, which helps propel their read/write speeds to levels well ahead of most consumer SSDs.

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In the now lengthy campaign for solid-state drives to replace hard drives as the storage tech of choice in desktops, Intel and OCZ hope they have breakthrough products with their latest lines of SSDs, the SSD 510 and Vertex 3 (pictured above), respectively.

Both have native support for SATA 6Gbps, which helps propel their read/write speeds to levels well ahead of most consumer SSDs. In the case of the SSD 510, those speeds are up 500MB/s for sequential reads and up to 315MB/s sequential writes, while the Vertex 3 family promises maximum reads of 550MB/s and maximum writes of an astounding 525MB/s. The Vertex 3 drives make use of the new SandForce SF-2281 controller, and in early tests, HotHardware.com already deems it the fastest consumer SSD it has ever tested.

While pricing still isn't anywhere close to that of conventional hard drives, enthusiasts will be happy to combine one of these drives with a bigger hard drive to deliver fast boot and app loads and loads of storage. An Intel SSD 510 120GB drive will be priced around $280 and a 250GB model will cost around $580. That's competitive with the Vertex 3 drives, which will run $249 for 120GB and $499 for 240GB, though you may be getting better performance from OCZ for potentially less money.

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  • question

    Is it possible to install Windows Home Server on a SSD? I'm thinking a 30 gb just for the OS and regular 3 tb hard drives for space...

    I love Windows Home Server and the drive extender works great!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

      @Hasam1991

      Go to this link: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2365868,00.asp
      JT8901
      • RE: New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

        @JT110726@...
        Read it still no good answer, I guess I shoudn't try since server 03 doesn't support TRIM?
        Hasam1991
    • RE: New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

      @Hasam1991 The drive extender is deleted (gone); and I could not install WHS on my 60GB SSD. It is now installed on both 160GB pata and 2TB sata. Still working thru setup and backup of main desktop computer.
      don stroud
    • RE: New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

      @Hasam1991

      Not sure what the advantage of this would be? Server 03 does not support TRIM so I would vote no I wouldn't do it. Also since you are not really running applications and using the computer directly like a desktop the speed advantage is not really necessary. I do not think a SSD would offer any considerable improvement of the server other than when it needs to be rebooted (which should be pretty minimal).

      Just my 2 cents.
      bobiroc
  • Surprise inside

    PC Perspective did a tear-down and found a little surprise inside. A little hint it wasn't Intel Inside. :)

    http://pcper.com/article.php?aid=1087&type=expert
    dragosani
  • RE: New Intel SSD 510, OCZ Vertex 3 series take solid-state-drive performance to next level

    About time.
    james347
  • Until SLC drives come down in price

    ...then this news is a waste of time.
    search & destroy
  • New SSDs for older SATA

    If your bus connection on your motherboard doesn't support SATA 6 is there likely to be any performance bump on these compared to older versions from Intel/Vertex? Obviously the older rates are capped at 3 Gb/s and I can't seem to find much that indicates that beyond the support for Sata 6 these would be much of an improvement over the Vertex2.
    tempo36