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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4244/intel-ssd-320-review

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This is the long awaited third generation Intel based SSD. This is the G3. And at this point it's around 6 months late.

Back then it was simply called the Postville Refresh on Intel's roadmaps (Postville was the 34nm Intel X25-M G2). It would use 25nm Intel NAND, feature improved performance and full disk encryption - all behind a 3Gbps SATA interface.

When I spoke with Intel about the drive last year, all indications pointed to it being faster than drives based on SandForce's SF-1200 controller. And it is:

Intel SSD 320 300GB vs. Corsair Force F120 AT Storage Bench 2011 (Heavy)AT Storage Bench 2011 (Light)Corsair Force F120120.1 MB/s155.9 MB/sIntel SSD 320 300GB132.8 MB/s161.7 MB/s
Without turning to any real time compression/deduplication techniques, Intel has built a drive that's faster than the SF-1200. You also get that famed Intel SSD reliability:
Intel makes a 65% profit margin on SSDs... that's crazy.
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Cut the price in half and I'll consider one, otherwise I am not terribly impressed.
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ive been waiting for a good 300GB+ ssd
    
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Intel makes a 65% profit margin on SSDs... that's crazy.
That's what keeps me from buying Intel SSDs. Their $/GB is way up there compared to competitors, plus I'd have to live with it knowing that they can slash prices to match competitors and still make tons of profit. If they price the G3 competitively to SF drives, I would jump on one later this year.
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That's what keeps me from buying Intel SSDs. Their $/GB is way up there compared to competitors, plus I'd have to live with it knowing that they can slash prices to match competitors and still make tons of profit. If they price the G3 competitively to SF drives, I would jump on one later this year.
Especially since Intel-Micron sell the NAND for SandForce drives....

I wonder about OCZ profit margin... They have to pay SandForce for their controller and they have to pay IMFT/Samsung/Toshiba for the NAND.
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Intel makes a 65% profit margin on SSDs... that's crazy.
That is a nice profit margin. I'm all for profits and such, but I would really like to be able to purchase a decent sized SSD at around the $1.00/GB range.
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I thought larger drives usually benched better? In that case they are comparing their 300gb drive to a competitors 120gb drive and getting what, 10mb/s better at best? Doesn't seem worth the upcharge.
     
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I thought larger drives usually benched better? In that case they are comparing their 300gb drive to a competitors 120gb drive and getting what, 10mb/s better at best? Doesn't seem worth the upcharge.
Depends on the controller design. The Marvel controllers scale more with size while SandForce/Intel do not as much.
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Why no 60Gb?

With a 65% profit margin, they can sell their 80Gib for $104.1 and still make a profit.

Price it at $129, the price of competitor's 60Gib, and Intel could monopolize the market.
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Intel makes a 65% profit margin on SSDs... that's crazy.
wow. I think some cut backs are in order. If intel is making 65% profit off their SSDs, they can effectively cut their SSDs cost in half and still make good profits.
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