Solid state drives are being heralded as the future of storage and some say that traditional hard drives will be relegated to the secondary roles just as tape technology is today. Yesterday, Intel began shipping an 80GB version of its SSDs announced at IDF last month. The first drives come in 1.8- and 2.5-inch formats and are based on multi-level cell technology. Pricing will be $595 in 1,000 unit quantities with a 160GB version to released later this year. SSDs have already shown up in applications such as notebooks with Asus' Eee netbook being a prime example. HP was the first manufacturer to jump on the X25-M bandwagon with it's announcement yesterday of the HP EliteBook 6930p and its 24-hour battery life. The lighter weight, reduced power budget and greater shock resistance make SSDs idea for mobile applications, but how do these devices stack up to traditional drives in terms of performance? We have several reviews of the latest from Intel so read on to find out.
Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Hard Drive @ PC Perspective
Intel's X25-M solid-state drive @ Tech Report
Intel X25-M 80GB SATA Solid State Drive, Intel Ups The Ante @ HotHardware
Intel X25-M SATA Solid State Drive @ Legit Reviews