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Samsung doubles its SSD capacity

Two months ago, Samsung announced its new SATA II-based 64GB solid-state disk (SSD). The 64GB SSD promised read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec.

Today, Samsung is doubling the capacity of its latest SATA II SSD offering to 128GB. Instead of relying on single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory, the new 128GB offering makes use of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash.

Unfortunately, performance dropped with the new 128 SSD -- read speeds are down to 100MB/sec while write speeds hover at 70MB/sec.

“Our SSD can be used by the widest range of corporate notebooks, particularly where additional storage is needed beyond what is typical in most business applications,” said Jim Elliott, director of flash memory marketing for Samsung Semiconductor.

Samsung's new 128GB SSD pales in comparison to BiTMICRO's massive 832GB SSD which was recently announced. Samsung, however, has the advantage when it comes to availability and pricing. Samsung's 128GB SSD will be available in the first half of 2008 with pricing of at least a couple thousand dollars.

BiTMICRO's 832GB SSD, on the other hand, won't be mass produced until the latter half of 2008 and will likes cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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RE: Performance not capacity
By mindless1 on 1/7/2008 6:19:20 AM , Rating: 2
Vista - don't use it. XP can be installed to take up 1GB. DOn't believe me? Well I've done that.

Ghost - needs about what, 3MB (two floppies worth) of files to actually do what you'd need on a laptop?

Norton Internet Security - you wrote essential so this gets cut.

Ad-Aware - Are you kidding? Why are you listing things that take up a mere ~ 9MB? Let's say you have twenty of these small apps not just Ad-Aware. IE- 20 * 9MB

Spybot - included in above 20x such apps figure.

TweakNow Powerpack - also included in 20X figure

Quicktime - also in 20X figure

Office - pick one that isn't overly bloated, being generous that's 1GB

Few other things - since they weren't even mentioned, probably even less space taken but let's call them 1GB.

The total:

1GB + (20 * 9MB) + 1GB + 1GB = 3.2GB

Congratulations, you've used only 10% of the drive you said was half the size you needed.

RE: Performance not capacity
By mindless1 on 1/7/2008 6:26:31 AM , Rating: 2
DOH! My mind was still stuck in a conversation about 32GB SSD, not 128GB. Regardless, as I've shown it can be done with far less space than some people imagine it would take.

RE: Performance not capacity
By Ringold on 1/7/2008 1:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
Office - pick one that isn't overly bloated, being generous that's 1GB

I bought the Student edition since I don't use Access or the couple others, but Office 2007 with Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Office's little set of 'tools' comes to 302mb.

So really, with XP and the above you're talking about a fully functional computer, more or less, that consumes less than 3gb.

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