*DO NOT* set a BIOS HDD password on your X25-M G2

Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 03:36 PM |
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***Public Service Announcement***



Intel has informed me of a bug in the X25-M G2 shipping firmware (02G2).  This
bug is specific to setting a hard drive password in your BIOS.  If you
have set a BIOS HDD password, then subsequently change or disable that
password, the SSD may become inoperable.  Intel is correcting the issue
in firmware and will be posting a fix shortly.  In summary:

Win win with Intel's new SSD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 10:14 AM |
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If you watched the live Podcast last night you got a sneak preview of the results of Allyn's testing of the 2nd generation Intel X25-M.  Today the hard numbers have arrived in his full review.  Write speeds remain the drives Achilles Heel, the Indilinx controlled drives still end up on top though this new drive from Intel now has less than a 0.1ms Random Access time.  It is better than its predecessor across the board, and cheaper to boot!

OCZ Colossus early testing data, now with ETA and pricing

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 06:15 PM |
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You may remember us talking about the upcoming OCZ Colossus SSD - the first standard 3.5-in form factor solid state drive first shown at Computex 2009.  As it happens, some preliminary performance results happened to swing by our email this morning. 

 
SSD Type
Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel
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Introduction

We received a review sample of Intel's next generation Solid State Drive just this afternoon. Allyn promptly put the drive through its paces and has posted a review for your viewing pleasure. I think you'll find the speed increases, though modest, coupled with the price decreases, will make this drive more than worth your time.

Intel G2 X25-M: In The Lab (with earlly testing data!)

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 01:11 PM |
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Our Intel X25-M G2 sample just arrived.  I promptly threw it on the storage testbed and got some initial data.  I'll let the pics do the talking:

X25-M G2 in the lab.

Intel announces 34nm flash X25-M and X18-M SSDs

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 03:56 PM |
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Earlier today Intel announced their second generation SSD line.  Models will retain the X25 and X18 names, but will contain "G2" at the end of their model numbers.  The G2 drives are based on new Intel 34nm flash, which promises to bring speeds up a bit.  The smaller process will enable more units per wafer and will ultimately bring costs down.  New processes normally take some time for the lower costs to trickle down to end users, but Intel plans to undercut the current market.  This is especially significant when you consider the X25 series are among the best perform

The story so far

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 09:36 AM |
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We now have a bit more information on Intel's new 34nm NAND SSDs, the X25-M and eventually the X18-M.  The names remain the same but the technology behind it does not, which results in two very nice gifts to the consumer.  The first is a price slash, these brand new drives will be cheaper than the originals by a fairly large margin.  The second is improved performance in certain random writes, which seem to improve the larger the drive is.  Random read speed is unaffected, though latencies are reduced across the board. 

Source: AnandTech

Intel Delivers Industry's First 34-Nanometer NAND Flash

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 09:09 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation is moving to a more advanced, 34- nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its leading NAND flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) products, which are an alternative to a computer's hard drive.

New Intel SSDs likely to be announced in the morning

Subject: Storage | July 20, 2009 - 10:46 PM |
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UPDATE: Yeah, the new Intel SSDs were announced as expected.