Intel Claims It Will Be Producing 10TB SSDs Within 2 Years

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 4:00 PM

During a recent webcast to investors, Intel executives revealed plans for three-dimensional NAND flash memory to be incorporated in its solid-state drives for future products. The SSDs would be the largest commercial products of their kind, and the breakthrough in flash storage means that 10 terabyte SSD’s could become a reality within the next two years.

The massive high-speed storage is possible because of 3D NAND memory, which allows for the stacking of multiple levels of memory on top of one another. The memory, developed in partnership with Micron, allows for up to 32 layers of NAND flash, theoretically providing 48GB of storage on a single die, single up from the equivalent 16GB achieved by Samsung on its V-NAND equivalent.

As it currently stands SSDs are still exorbitantly priced in comparison to similarly sized hard disc drives, costing many times more per gigaybte. The breakthrough in 3D NANA technology could potentially narrow or eliminate this gap completely, and encourage SSD’s to become an industry standard, potentially as soon as 2018.

Intel wouldn’t be draw on exact pricing for its first wave of 3D NAND SSDs other than claiming that its impact would prove “disruptive” to its competitors, and provided at a “breakthrough cost”. As it stands a 1TB SSD currently retails for upwards of £300, with some even going for more than £600, 10 times more expensive than an internal drive.

Can 3D memory not come quick enough? Fed up by massive game install sizes and resisting the urge to splash out on an expensive SSD? Let us know!

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15:06 Nov-24-2014

It's photoshoped and u know it :P

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09:05 Nov-24-2014

Nah im not spending like 3000 euros for a SSD, i prefer SSHD anyway since they are close in speed and offer the capacity of a HDD for a slighty higher price.

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07:19 Nov-24-2014

HA HA HA HA AHA!

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03:27 Nov-24-2014

It will help people to backup their games of sizes 100gb each then...

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01:30 Nov-24-2014

SSD better to be much cheaper then. only reason I don't even have SSD is cost of it compared to HDD.

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20:53 Nov-23-2014

I'm honestly not surprised. We have 1/1.5 TB SSD's now.
I reckon next year we'll be getting 2TB, 3TB and 5TB, then the next year 8TB and 10TB.
Within 10 years, I wouldn't be surprised if we hit 50TB SSD's, or even a new technology to withhold our data.

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10:47 Nov-24-2014

only 50TB after 10 years? And you think it's going from 1TB to 10TB in 2 years (multiplying by 10 per 2 years). With your logic it will be like 10^5, which is 100,000TB SSD after 10 years.

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20:45 Nov-24-2014

Actually I said 10 within 3.
In 10 years I doubt there will be a 100,000TB SSD.


My logic was correlation based, not arithmetic based.

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20:13 Nov-23-2014

This is why I like Intel and Nvidia. These two companies have been going complete OCD in regards to increasing the quality of their products.

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19:37 Nov-23-2014

So basically this means we should see a pretty huge migration as the 1tb+ SSD become the new industry standard, and traditional HDD starts phasing out. With any luck 2+tb SSD will become an affordable, viable option within 5 years, which is entirely acceptable. By then games and software will be at the point where they'll benefit from the SSD specs, and take advantage of the increase in performance.

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19:46 Nov-23-2014

with any luck until q1 2016 we will have 1tb ssds costing as much as 120gb ssds atm :)

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20:06 Nov-23-2014

The problem with that is, 1TB won't be standard for space. In 5 years, I'm thinking akin to 3-5TB will be standard in order to keep up with the ever growing storage demands. At that point, I'd rather go with a 5TB HDD than a 1TB SSD.

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01:34 Nov-24-2014

Whew...I just experienced the sudden urge to facepalm myself for real! I can't believe I hadn't actually considered that part of the story. I guess the way I see it working out would involve games having split-installations. The bulk of the game data would install to a larger-capacity HDD, while the files and exe's required to run the game would install on the SSD.

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01:44 Nov-24-2014

To function effectively it would require a fair size cache to exist on the SSD side, so that the relevant data was always loaded and available at any point during gameplay. Basically it would need to have the data for your current location/mission/etc loaded and running, and the cache would be used to pre-load the data for any/all potential choices or directions you can or may take.

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01:47 Nov-24-2014

Cache sizes would probably vary heavily enough depending on the type of game; The more linear, level-based games that require/force you to go certain routes (ex: CoD, Battlefield, Mortal Kombat, etc...) in order to progress/advance would use smaller cache, since there are fewer possibilities. Larger open-world, free-exploration games (Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, Watch Dogs, etc..) would need fairly large cache to allow for whatever decision can be made at any time.

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12:56 Nov-24-2014

Okay, ^^^THIS^^^ is what Intel needs to be funding. Great thinking!

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18:47 Nov-23-2014

Right Intel.. Just make it cheap and it will sell like hot cakes!

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18:05 Nov-23-2014

I don't think it is going to be as expensive as many people think

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18:01 Nov-23-2014

hmm, if they give me 2TB SSD for price of nowadays 4TB HDD then deal :)

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17:56 Nov-23-2014

Of course,so will I fly on the moon in 2 years.

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17:52 Nov-23-2014

So intel are turning into doctor evil? You can have a 10TB SSD... for 1 billion dollars, muhuhaha.

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17:10 Nov-23-2014

10TB SDDs?
Maybe if I spare my yearly income and sell my PC I'll be able to buy one fragment of it. jk

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16:45 Nov-23-2014

A house... Or an SSD... A house... Or an SSD... I think I need my house more then that SSD. And my parents would never agree to it anyways.

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19:18 Nov-23-2014

They don't have to know. I sold mine too, secretly.


Or even funnier(sadder): SSD or SLI, SSD or SLI, hm.

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04:19 Nov-24-2014

SLI. SSD is not going to affect game performance, only load times.

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00:12 Nov-24-2014

You could make the argument that an SSD is like a house for data

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03:29 Nov-24-2014

But I need my bodily integrity more than I need my data integrity.

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03:43 Nov-24-2014

At least you know your priorities haha :D

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14:26 Nov-24-2014

Can I download my house? There should be plenty of room on that SSD.

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19:09 Nov-24-2014

You'd never download a house!

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21:06 Nov-25-2014

Kaankok I can and you can too ;))

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11:51 Nov-26-2014

I would download that Chevrolet Camero. :)

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16:43 Nov-23-2014

Meanwhile at the time of release, a 10TB HDD will be going for 100 bucks...

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10:45 Nov-24-2014

Isn't that cheap then?

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18:10 Nov-24-2014

For an HDD yes. :)

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16:42 Nov-23-2014

Well, I could get into a top notch college and a decent apartment. Or I could get a 10TB SSD...

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16:45 Nov-23-2014

better get place to stay! and forget about performance for once!

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16:41 Nov-23-2014

Looking out for this but first rob a bank! :p

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16:31 Nov-23-2014

"That will be 20,000 bucks!"

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05:39 Nov-24-2014

20,000 bucks you say ?! hmm interesting...


http://i.imgur.com/oAc1aTF.jpg

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16:29 Nov-23-2014

perfect!
Now I have an a lot of AK47s and I'm going to the BANK, who's with me?

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16:44 Nov-23-2014

count me in! Heist

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17:02 Nov-23-2014

AK47s are for noobs... I'm bringing a SIG SG-553 and a SIG P229...

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17:11 Nov-23-2014

Then I'm going to a second bank, are you with me?

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No I'm tired now... Goodnight...

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goodnight, the heist is on th day and time it's going to happen :)

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18:42 Nov-23-2014

AK47 , SIS SG-553 they are out date press big red button and all your troubles gone :)

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we are not playing ryse son of rome here(JK) :D

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nokia 3310 for the win

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please, don't, I'm not going to the bank to break THE WORLD.... have Mercy :(

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13:04 Nov-24-2014

I have Juggernaut suit with jetpack, SLI'd G36Ks, Eul's and Dagon level 5. Can I join the heist with you guys??

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you are the ACE of the team my friend :)

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05:39 Nov-25-2014

If you went into a bank like that, even the police would hand over their money out of fear!

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they better give their badges and police cars as well... if we don't destroy them first :D

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Can I come with my dual m4a16's ?

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Everybody is welcomed :)

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great i'll bring my t-72

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I'll keep robbing people with a six gun. Last time I robbed bank, I lost gal and I lost my fun. Maybe I shouldn't fight the law in the hot sun.

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I just made a beat to that. xD

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Why isn't Payday The Heist real? Then I might have enough money! ;)

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Payday 2 is better.

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Yeah I know I meant that too I sad it wrong XD

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I just completed Shadow Raid on deathwish, and dear lord, if you knew how tense that was.

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Yeah I know.

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Great plan,I'm gonna cover you all with M93 Black arrow sniper rifle ;)

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18:18 Nov-23-2014

I will bring my NTW 20 Anti material rifle. No reason to shoot twice

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18:23 Nov-23-2014

Where's my railgun!

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