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Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera

Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera

You've read all the details on Intel's soon-to-be-released SSDs... now we've taken a pre-production X18-M 80GB SSD apart for the camera.

So, you've read all the details on Intel's soon-to-be-released solid state drives, and you are eager to find out more.

Well, there's a little bit more we can show you here, as we've managed to get our hands on a pre-production Intel Mainstream X18-M 80GB SSD. And guess what, we just had to take it apart!

As Intel described, there are ten 8GB NAND flash memory chips on the PCB--five on each side--and an additional Samsung K4S281632I-UC60 SDRAM chip, which we presume acts as a buffer and helps the Advanced Dynamic Write Levelling technology do its thing. After a quick search around the web, I managed to find out that this chip has a capacity of 16MB and it runs at a maximum frequency of 166MHz (6.0ns).

Interestingly, Intel has removed the controller chip from the drive, which means there'll be no independent benchmarks for the time being - when we asked why Intel did this, the company's representatives said it was to prevent the drive from making its way into competitors' hands well ahead of the planned availability date.

Anyway, we'll leave you with the pictures... and while you're waiting for some benchmarks, head over to our forums to share your thoughts on Intel's move into the SSD market.

Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera
Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera
Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the camera
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Zeus-Nolan 20th August 2008, 01:50 Quote
Looks nice but how much is that going to cost? A finger (if so i choose my pinky, never needed it) or about £100. Its a shame they removed the controller chip
EDIT: correction its more like £300 :(
Second EDIT: £300 is for the enterprise ssd so this 80gb ssd should be cheaper
Woodstock 20th August 2008, 02:11 Quote
i so want to add an ssd into my laptop -- damm thing called a bank account standing in my way
Xtrafresh 20th August 2008, 12:27 Quote
Damn this thing is small! Anyone else seeing the raid-array potential for LAN boxes?

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