Comment Intel has announced a Pro 2500 notebook SSD that appears to differ from the previous Pro 1500 by just three comparatively trivial specifications.
The Pro 1500, released in Spetember last year, has a capacity range of 80GB to 480GB, while the Pro 2500’s range is, er, 120GB - 480GB...
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The Pro 1500 has a 41,000 random read IOPS rating while the 2500 has a 45,000 one.
The Pro 2500 in 2.5-inch form has slightly lower power readings:
- 165mW when active vs the Pro 1500's 195mW active reading
- 55mW when idle versus the 1500's 125mW idle reading
Apart from that the two tech spec sheets are identical.
Judge for yourself. Here’s the Pro 1500 one:
… and here is the tech spec for the Pro 2500:
We’ve asked Intel to clarify whether there are any other differences between the two products. For now, you can view the Pro 2500 as a minor update on the Pro 1500 with a slightly faster random read IOPS rating in the 2.5-inch form factor.
There is a thorough take-it-apart, speeds-and-feeds-and performance review in the Storage Review website.
What could be the defining difference here is that the device, which uses SK Hynix NAND, has a SandForce controller. This means Seagate, which makes SSDs, is now supplying controllers to Intel for Intel's SSDs. Co-ope-tition can be a strange thing, sometimes. ®