Intel dumps plans to overclock solid state drives; will release performance SSD instead

Back in September, Intel publicly demoed a method for owners of the company's solid state drives to overclock the controller speed and their NAND Flash chips. Now Intel has scuttled those dreams of overlocking an SSD in favor of a new product that the company claims pushes the factory-set performance to the limit.

The newly revealed 730 Series of SSD drives has a factory set controller speed that's 50 percent faster than Intel's previous high-end solid state drive, from 400MHz to 600MHz. Intel also put in a 20 percent boost in the NAND Flash bus speed, from 83MHz to 100MHz. 

So why did Intel decide not to offer owners of SSDs a way to overclock their drives on their own? Computerworld reports that, according to Intel reps, the company simply could not offer such a product with a full one year warranty.

Pre-orders for the stand alone 730 drives are already being taken at several online retailers with the 240GB version selling for as low as $250 and the 480GB model priced as low as $480. Shipments will begin on March 18th. In addition, a number of PC makers like Origin PC, Cyberpower, Digital Storm and Maingear will offer the new SSDs as options for their rigs.

Source: Computerworld | Image via Intel

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smart move. Rather than overclock a controller that lags behind the competition, release a controller that's up to current ssd performance standards. It's absurd they considered overclocking crap.

Samsung 840 Pro specs are better. I know electronics are sometimes tested differently between manufacturers, but can anyone else explain this to me? I like the skull on the drive

The Samsung 840 Pro is simply *that* good.
Plus, the Intel drive seems to be optimized for higher capacities, as usually most manufacturers only offer the reduced IOPS/Write speed on their 120/128GB model and the 240/256GB model is full speed.

Can someone explain what the point of overclocking the controller is? Will it increase transfer speeds? Because SSDs are already hitting the SATA III ceiling, aren't they?

ZipZapRap said,
thank you. So how does overclocking the controller improve random I/Os?

I presume it will speed them up. O_o

Pluto is a Planet said,
It also decreases the life expectancy of the SSD.

Exponentially.
Plus generates much more heat.
You can probably do it to any current-gen intel SSD. Crack the cover open and replace the crystal oscillators with faster ones.