What happened to Intel G3 SSDs being released in Feb 2011?

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  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    Any updates that any of you have heard? I can't find anything on Google.
     
  2. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I'd like to know as well. People here are constantly mentioning the updates, but no one knows when.
     
  3. vant macrumors 65816

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    Intel went dead silent after the SandForce announcement.
     
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Mainly because they got their ass handed to them. :D
     
  5. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. So probably delaying to at least be competitive.
     
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    They don't need to be competitive, if they can show superior reliability, higher performance than the G2 and lower prices.

    After all, this beast is supposed to go up to 600GB.
     
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    Thats the problem. The prices aren't lower and the performance is lower than the g2 in a couple of categories. In the majority it is faster than the g2, however.

    Regarding reliability, both Intel and Sandforce's new controllers are starting at zero. Granted, Intel probably is doing more thorough than Sandforce but there are no guarantees.
     
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    This
     
  10. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    The 510 series is not the G3, just so that is clear.
     
  11. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    you can get a pretty good idea from the graphs and the specs, but the reall test is in day-to-day use.

    The Vertex looks like a better bet, but really we will just have to see. Intel, after all, was the first to come out with a real consumer SSD; the X25. Those sold very well, but of course they was plenty of competition, with better specs, etc., etc.

    Now this is the next real generation change, and again Intel is the first out of the gate, and again the competition has better specs. :D I have both the nice Vertex's and the X25. The Vertex is perhaps better, but they both are fine.

    fun these horse races :D
     
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    Looks like they can be purchased in some Asian countries already. Here is a review.
     
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    I bet you that's a ghetto G2 with G3 labeling. It's performing ~ like a G2
     
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    Yeah.

    I mean i'm not saying I know what's in the pipeline, absolutely not :D
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    Word on the street is that the 510 Series is the enthusiast/performance model.

    This G3, the 320 series , is supposed to be the mainstream variant (following the x25-m).

    And of course, the rumored 710 series is supposed to be the x25-E enterprise/extreme variant.

    But who knows if any of this is true/real. It's just what i've seen.

    If the reported pricing is legit, $109 bucks for a 40 GB drive with encryption, albiet somewhat slow, would be absolutely outrageous. I'd buy 4 :D
     
  18. 1BadMac macrumors 6502

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    I actually read where Intel basically admitted to having a "gap" in their roadmap and the 510 is their attempt to have something out while they worked on G3. Hence the 3rd party controller.

    The 510 looks like a solid drive thus far. The 320 numbers if that link you provided is accuarate are not imoressive at all.
     
  19. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Yeah but, neither was the upgrade from g1 to g2 either. Evolutionary and all that.

    Infact, I just got my g2 today from a g1 RMA replacement. I can't really tell any different (and I think benchmarks reflect this).

    I think the goal might be cheaper disks overall, which seems to be a barrier for alot. The high speed SATA III drives have mainstreamers (who admittedly aren't the target audience) saying "thats great, but i'll sacrifice some speed if I can get a lower price/gb".
     
  20. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Something doesn't make sense as I read that review. The improvements are almost non-existent. That doesn't make much sense for Intel to do that.

    I think it's a ghetto G2 or something. Something's not adding up.
     
  21. spooky69 macrumors member

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    Given that nowhere has these for pre-order and there have been no reviews does anyone think that the G3 is actually going to come out? Better performance would be great but I would really like to see prices/Gb come down. I have a feeling that isn't going to happen soon though.
     
  22. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I don't recall the 510 being available for preorder. Dunno about the g2 or g1 though.
     
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    I don't think this SSD will be marketed as a top performer, that is the role of the Intel 510. This 320 moves from 34nm NAND to 25nm NAND to save money and I think that will be the draw. Make a reliable SSD for the average consumer at a better price. I bet when these hit the market they will be less expensive than the same size X25-M. Just my opinion.
     
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    A UK site was showing the 300GB for £575 at the weekend. Extremely disappointing as I thought price might be the advantage that the G3 would have but it seems not.
     

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