Buy a new Intel Optane SSD, get a Star Citizen pixelship

As part of its CitizenCon 2017 reveals this morning – or this afternoon, if you’re local to Frankfurt, where the event is taking place – Cloud Imperium announced a partnership with Intel. Why do you care? The deal means an in-game Star Citizen ship will be provided along with your real-world purchase of an Intel Optane 900P Series SSD.

“The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series delivers incredibly low latency and best-in-class random read and write performance at low queue depths – up to four times faster than competitive NAND-based SSDs – opening incredible new possibilities. With the new SSDs, users will unlock more potential from their platform. The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series is ideal for the most demanding storage workloads, including 3D rendering, complex simulations, fast game load times and more. Up to 22 times more endurance than other drives also gives the heaviest users peace of mind.”

The ship itself is the Sabre Raven, and yeah, it’s an exclusive “for a limited time.” Chris Roberts himself is talking up the deal: “Our Star Engine developers have been working on technology to improve loading times using new techniques developed for Star Citizen and optimized for the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, which is the fastest SSD we’ve tested. We continue to enhance Star Citizen so the performance benefits with Intel Optane drives will continue to grow, alongside Star Citizen, into the future.”

More on CitizenCon right here. Here’s the Sabre Raven:

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kgptzac

Here’s an imaginary collaboration between Star Conflict and Nvidia GeForce brand of graphic cards. Emphasis on imaginary; (but the ship is real). Maybe if Star Citizen makes that ship of theirs to adopt the form of a SSD, it would be a more interesting read.

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Armsbend

I’ll wait for a better promotion. Like the Destiny one.

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Utakata

I thought that said Intel Optane STD for the WTF moment? O.o

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Bruno Brito

Beautiful.

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ceder

Sigh. Now I’m hungry for Cinnamon Toast Crunch :(

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zeko_rena

When I bought my Maximus VIII Hero motherboard a couple years ago I also got a pixel ship, just it was a World of Warships pixel ship

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Rolan Storm

That was snarky. :D Do you hate them selling pixels? ;)

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April-Rain

Even with 22 more times of endurance the drive will still have died before the game gets released, I think this phuphar may come back to haunt them lol

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Melissa McDonald

I like this. This is a good way to promote. SSD life span is definitely a concern. I had a crucial SSD live and die in 3 years, whilst my aged Seagate barracuda terabyte HDD has soldiered on for many years. Currently using Samsung EVOs and they are doing just fine. But for how long?

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koolthulu

I’ve had HDDs die within 6 months. Doesn’t mean HDDs are bad, just means I got unlucky. I’ve got 2 SSDs from 2009 in a second computer that see heavy daily use and are still fine. SSDs don’t have the lifespan issues that people seem to think they do. For the average user they will probably outlast the typical HDD.

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deekay_plus

actually they do have finite write cycles but enough physical nand is put into them now that it’s not an issue

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Melissa McDonald

And the literature said they lock down to read-only after they hit that limit. But my Crucial SSD just went dead. :(

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deekay_plus

yeah early 1st and 2nd gen consumer ssd’s were like that in spades. >>

there’s also normal hardaware failure rates. tho ssd’s do a bit better than average depending on teh brand. >>

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Hirku

Coming up on 6 years and everything’s working just f–

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Armsbend

You know you aren’t allowed to post in tomorrows WRUP right? Feed the joke! Wait…is it a joke?

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primal

my first SSD ended up dying but i think back then it was more that the controller failed than the NAND but these days they all seem pretty rock solid

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yeah early controllers were also a shit show. look at ocz, excelent speeds but such poor controllers (which trying to recall into ancient memory were third party and not limited to them) were such a shit show that they went out of business due to RMAs of them.

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zeko_rena

Yeah I used to have a OCZ that would blue screen randomly about three times a week, never knew when it was going to hit lol

Thankfully my Samsung SSD has been running flawlessly for over a year and a half now, looking at trying M.2 soon :)

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deekay_plus

m.2 is probably more bling than cost effective at this point, speaking as an owner of one.

i built my pc with no consideration for smart building so to say tho so in an m2 drive went.

but if i were on a any kind of real budget at all i’d go with a sata ssd.

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Dystopiq

You’re never going to reach the endurance of an SSD as a normal consumer. Especially now. I still have my Samsung 830 running nicely.

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cmdr_cotic

About as useful as a flightstick with a trackball on top of it :)

Endurance isn’t an issue, lots of SSDs are pushing a petabyte or more of read/writes before conking out and load times are more than fine.

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Dystopiq

It’s $389 for the 280GB one. I think I’ll stick to a Samsung NVMe until optane prices get lower. Similar speeds at way less price

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silverlock

Wow you can pick a a 1tb Mushkin for $260, and remember for practical usage bigger is faster with SSD’s.

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deekay_plus

he’s talking about m2 drives not sata drives. price per gb is a bit different between the two.

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Dystopiq

That Mushkin isn’t an NVMe. It’s just a normal ol SSD.