Intel are looking to take back the performance crown and steal some of the thunder from drives such as the Samsung 840 Evo and OCZ Vector. It hopes to do this thanks to some hefty internal overclocks that have seen the controller bumped up by 50% and the NAND boosted by 20%, making it faster than previous Intel drives, however it remains to be seen if it’ll be fast enough to compete with the rest of the market.
Performance and reliability are certainly the focus and the drive is capable to writing 70GB of data a day, every day, for five years. This is more than three times as much as most other drives would be comfortable with. This makes it ideal for gaming, content creation such as video rendering and basically anything that is going to run the drive at or close to its full potential, because you wouldn’t need anything like this just for booting into Chrome a couple of times to check Facebook.
Available in 240GB and 480GB options means that storage space shouldn’t be an issue, but it does mean that there is no cheaper 120GB option and worse still, you’ll only get the new max performance on the 480GB model, as the 240GB maxes out at a yawn inducing 270MB/s, incredibly short of the 470MB/s of the 480GB!
Both drives are set to ship sometime in March and prices are expected to be $249 and $489 for the 240GB and 480GB respectively.
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