Q1: I'd say about the same odds as a new mechanical drive dying. If you are planning to install and change a password for the drive, make sure you update the firmware. Normally, this should have already been done, but you might get some of the first stock of drives, those had an issue with this.
C1: Plain OEM version, has the plastic spacers to change the height from 7,5mm to 9mm
R5: Boxed retail version with CD, booklet and metal sled for desktop installation
Q3: Those webshops are taking pre-orders, so at least one wholesale distibutor has already entered the 320 Gb drives in their system. The most optimistic ETA for these is 3-4 weeks, but the dates are not guaranteed. So no, I don't think they are fakes, but you might need a little patience.
Q4: I've seen two Intel SSD roadmaps, can't vouch whether they're real or not, but I'd say Gen3 won't be out until well into next year, if that. It wouldn't be good marketing either to give Gen2 only a couple of months of sales.
Q5: That's a tough one. Prices will drop eventually, but whether this will be in the next few weeks I'm not sure. Demand seems high, and for now Intel doesn't seem to be able or willing to roll out enough units.
I hope that answered some of your questions.
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1. Although the NAND used in SSD has a finite lifespan nearly all premature failures are due to the controller. Personally I have no additional concerns using SSD over HDD and if anything I have more confidence in SSD.
2. I think this is just the difference between retail and oem. The most important part is the G2.
3. The 320GB version is not released yet, but it will be at some stage.
4. Intel have stated that they will bring out a drive that will saturate the new sata 3 bus when it comes out. I would not hold my breath for a G3. Unless you have a very specific storage need it is unlikely you would see much benefit anyway.
5. Currently retailers are price gouging due to supply problems. How soon before that gets resolved is unknown. It is pushing up the prices of G1 drives and even competitor drives.
Do you guys know that G1 price actually shot up due to the G2 recall and making G1 in huge shortage?
So price may go up and down, depending on market depand. If price is so much of a concern to you, wait until nobody wants it then you buy or from the 2nd hand market......
Frankly speaking, I can't be bothered much....it won't fluctuate crazily like the stocks market....
I guess you're just over-worried. If SSD can't hold the data well, or you love to plug out your SSD most of the time to make it the baby toy..........forget it, you better put all your data in tape drive and access the data from there .... lol!
Right now our 1.8” mainstream product line is available in 80GB and 160GB capacities. The 2.5” mainstream product line comes in the same capacities.
Though I can’t comment on future products and timelines we do understand that there are some systems that only support 1.8” form factors so we take this into consideration during planning.
Intel NAND Group