Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tech Link (Storage): Intel's X25-V & Kingston's 30GB SSDNow V Series: Battle of the $125 SSDs

It seems the headmaster guru leader tophonch Anand has an inside info about the deal between Intel and Kingston, but hey I suggest skip that part of "unvalidated" information and instead, focus on the article benchmark results. Check out the latest value SSD (which is my latest craze) review from AMDTech.

The story goes like this: Intel let Kingston build a value version of its X25-M G2 drives. This became the 40GB Kingston V Series Boot Drive. When Intel added TRIM support to the G2 drives, Kingston was told to wait. Kingston would get TRIM support when Intel launched its own 40GB version of the G2. Here’s where things get hairy. Intel and Kingston couldn’t work out terms for the TRIM enabled firmware on the V Series Boot Drives. Intel wanted too much money and Kingston wanted to keep the drive price below $100. The outcome? Kingston V Series Boot Drive owners never got official TRIM support and the product was dropped altogether.


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