Intel's New SSD Drive Delivers Blazing Fast Performance

PC World: "Finally, a solid-state drive arrives that can capitalize on the theoretical advantages solid-state memory offers over hard disk drives. Intel isn't new to SSD, but it is looking to reinvent the rule book with its latest--and most mainstream--entry in the market, first announced at August's Intel Developer's Forum.

The Intel X18-M and X25-M drives are shipping this month, and are designed to fit 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch SATA hard drive bays, respectively. Both lines come in 80GB and 160GB versions. The drives use multilevel cell (MLC) flash technology, and feature complex wear-leveling algorithms to handle the write stresses placed on drive technology.

The biggest news, though, lies in the performance of Intel's new SSD line. In the PC World Test Center's evaluation of an engineering sample, the X-25M dramatically outperformed both a 4200-rpm hard drive and another SSD drive from Ridata."

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