A few days ago Intel released a new lineup of SSD drives that are more efficiently made with the intention of driving SSD costs down, opening up the market to more people.
We noted in that article that Anandtech had posted their usually excellent analysis of the decision and technology, but they also had one of the new X25-M (G2) drives dropped off for a bit o fun. This is just an initial preview, but has a good look at the changes in the drive and some benchmarks.
I’m also going to point you to another article of Anand’s that is a must-read if you’re interested in SSDs. There is far more underneath the surface of “bunch of flash chips with a SATA connector on them.” SSDs have evolved incredibly since their initial debut and there are a number of real world concerns with usability and performance. Anand covers all this in the “SSD Anthology” as he calls it – which is an accurate description, at 31 individual pages in the article.
I admit to reading every page, geeking out like I haven’t in a while, but if you’re interested in SSD technology I highly recommend a read of at least the first 5-6 pages. The most interesting analysis of SSD technology occurs through about page 15 and after that it covers evolution of SSD technology in the past few months, largely prompted by the discoveries of the online tech review community. Here’s the Anthology, enjoy and let me know what you think.