Intel has introduced its fastest solid-state drive, saying the new line for desktop PCs is aimed at gamers, video creators and workstation users. The 510 Series features a 6 gigabit per second SATA bus interface and has sequential read and write speeds of up to 500 MB per second and 315 MBps, respectively. The read/write speeds more than double and triple, respectively, the speeds of Intel's current 3 Gbps SATA SSDs. The latest SSD delivers more than 50% higher performance than hard disk drives, which translates into faster boot times and application performance. The reason for the speed boost is the fact that conventional HDDs barely reach the 3 Gbps SATA interface level, Intel says. The 510 Series uses Intel's 34-nanometer NAND flash memory. The product is available in a 250 GB capacity for $584 and 120 GB at $284 for quantities of 1,000 units. The SSDs include a limited three year warranty and have a mean time between failures of 1.2 million hours. The smaller model is aimed at dual-drive desktops in which the operating system, commonly used applications and games are accessed from the faster SSD. The HDD is used to store data.
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