Intel SSD to boost Windows 8 boot, wake times

New Intel solid-state drives (SSDs) are aimed at boosting Windows start-up and wake times, making them a hardware feature that will be especially applicable to Windows 8.

The Intel 313 SSD comes in 20GB and 24GB capacities.
(Credit: Intel)

The Intel SSD 313 Series offers what is in effect a solid-state drive cache, increasing the "responsiveness" of PCs that are based on hard disk drives — that being a word Intel and Microsoft throw around a lot these days.

Responsiveness is code for the kind of instant-on experience you get on a tablet or a smartphone.

Both Windows 8 PCs (think: ultrabooks) and tablets should offer that kind of responsiveness, as long as the system has an SSD or hybrid SSD-HDD configuration, according to Intel.

Do you remember a Microsoft video demonstrating this last year? Well, if you don't, here's a quick refresher:

That very-fast-booting HP EliteBook laptop in the video used a 160GB SSD (likely Intel), according to Softpedia.

Here's what Intel says about the necessary configuration for fastest performance: "When used as a cache, the Intel SSD 313 Series works ... with Intel Core processors, select versions of the 6 and 7 series of Intel Express Chipsets and Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers (10.5 and newer) to provide a fast-caching solution".

The SSD comes in 20GB and 24GB capacities, and is available in either a 2.5-inch or mSATA package.

The SSD 313 Series uses cutting-edge Intel 25 nanometre (nm) single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory. SLC typically offers better performance and endurance compared with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND.



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Posted by ScottS2

I recently purchased a 310 series mSATA Intel SSD to put into a Win7 MSi Windpad Tablet which I was installing Windows 8 consumer build on. I wanted more storage and faster speeds than the stock Sandisk SSD offered.

I then discovered that the combination of AMD chipset/CPU and Windows 8 meant that the intel SSD would not work (it did for Win7) - whereas Sandisk, Crucial and OCZ drives apparently do.

Not good support (no refund available). :(

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