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Take note, enterprise customers: the successor to Intel's vaunted X25-E is here, and it doesn't center on SLC flash. Instead, the company is turning toward High Endurance Technology MLC. We dig deep to find out what this means for speed and reliability.

Big Deployment: 5000 X25-E's at Softlayer


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http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-71...iew-32309.html
 
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Only took 3 years for a replacement of the X25-E!
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Can someone who is knowlegeable on current SSD tech give me the breakdown of where SLC vs MLC stands today? I hardly see any SLC consumer drives now, is it different in the enterprise market? How is the reliability/life expectancy/performance of a high end MLC drive like this compared to well known SLC drives?

Thank you!

EDIT: Also, intel's controller is still only 3Gb/s. That's interesting to me but I guess it works in the enterprise environment.
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Can someone who is knowlegeable on current SSD tech give me the breakdown of where SLC vs MLC stands today? I hardly see any SLC consumer drives now, is it different in the enterprise market? How is the reliability/life expectancy/performance of a high end MLC drive like this compared to well known SLC drives?

Thank you!

EDIT: Also, intel's controller is still only 3Gb/s. That's interesting to me but I guess it works in the enterprise environment.
Nothing has changed.... There is SLC, eMLC, 2-level MLC, and 3-level MLC.

SLC benefits are better write performance and more wear tolerance. However, consumers are not willing to pay 2-4 times as much for these benefits. The additional write tolerance makes absolutely no difference to 99.999% of consumers. Consumers are not complaining their SSDs won't last 10-20 years... they are complaining about price.

The article discusses the life expectancy.
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