I see that discussion about SSD got hot here
So lets me clarify some stuff here.
First of all we unfortunately don’t get any special discount from Intel by using Intel SSD. We are not big enough to qualify for special pricing on SSDs.
What we can get is engineering support. It is quite important as you know big part of hardware performance comes from firmware.
Also I would like to clarify that we were able to switch to 2280 m.2 form factor some time ago. It took us a while but we redesigned the motherboard to fit it in.
A lot of community members before wanted to have PCIe SSD and Intel 600p is a great choice when it comes down to power efficient PCIe SSDs. Big advantage to us would be that Intel could help us tweak the system to get the max performance from their SSDs.
We will measure up power consumption of Intel 600p again on idle. It should be 40 mW which is very similar to Evo.
The main issue with SSDs right now is that there is a big Wafer shortage. Wafer is a raw material used for RAM, SSD and other storage solutions. The reason for it is because smartphones are switchingnto higher RAM capacities as well as storage while more and more PC manufacturers switch to SSD from HDD. So the reality is that getting high end SSDs is very tough. That’s why many pc vendors including Microsoft don’t publicly say what SSD they use and change it time to time based on supply sittuation. Here is the link:
So here is what we will do. We will retest V ourselves and reach out Intel technical support team. Then we will be able to confirm SSD idle power consumption.
Meanwhile we will check availability of 850 Evo. One question to you guys are there any good other PCIe SSDs(850 is not PCIe but we will still check) ?
In general right now we are trying to be as transparent as possible with process. We got a lot to learn for the next project definitely more prototypes shipped more often to members and making sure we have better time buffers. Now we learned a lot during V creation and it will be one hell lot of a device