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Super Talent launches its MasterDrive OX, PX SSDs

Super Talent is bulking up its solid-state drive (SSD) family with new, third generation models. The company today announced that its new MasterDrive OX and PX SSDs feature a brand new multi-channel SATA-II controller for increased read/write speeds.

The new 2.5" MasterDrive OX drives employ multi-level cell (MLC) memory and feature read speeds of 150MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec. The drives will be available in capacities of 32GB ($149), 64GB ($259), and 128GB ($419).

Super Talent also made updates to its single-level cell (SLC) SSDs with the new MasterDrive PX family. These drives will be available in capacities of 32GB ($499) or 64GB ($849) and are capable of 170MB/sec reads and 130MB/sec writes.

Interestingly, the MLC-based drives come with a paltry one-year warranty, while the SLC drives are backed by a more respectable three-year warranty.

"In this, our third generation of SATA SSDs, we’ve taken performance to incredible new heights, with sustained read and write speeds that will leave any hard disk drive in the dust," said Joe James, Super Talent Director of Marketing. "At the same time, our MasterDrive SSDs are among the most cost effective solid state storage solutions available."

The drives are expected to be available in the retail market later this week.

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I'll wait.
By excrucio on 9/16/2008 3:17:59 PM , Rating: 1
i'll wait until SSD are the same price as the disk drives.
Even though the performance boost is better for everything...I just don't see me dropping 900 bucks for a 64gb, when i can put 120 bucks for a 750 and be satisfied with it. Great accomplishment though..

RE: I'll wait.
By AnnihilatorX on 9/16/2008 3:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
Well the 64GB MLC one is $250.

I compromise on capacity by installing only essential applications you want to speed up and OS only on SSDs, you don't actually need much capacity.

I have photoshop, illustrator, and other small applications that I would like to load fast; and the OS Vista x64 (which is much bigger than XP and Vista x32) installed on my 2x 16GB Mtron RAID0 and have 7GB left. All other apps, common files folder, temp folder are relocated to my 500GB HDD.
Photoshop loads under 3 seconds.

I originally thought 16GB is enough. Unfortunately the windows shadow copy folder (Winsxs) which bloats due to it keeping different dll files of applications you installs, or files updated by windows updates; so that they don't have conflicting dll versions;
take up too much space. For XP however, 16GB is plenty for OS and few big applications.

32GB is more than enough, and for that, you get best compromise between cost and speed.

RE: I'll wait.
By vcespon on 9/16/2008 4:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
Man, that will never happen. SSD is the new technology, rotating-plate disks have existed for like 40 years. We currently have 500 GB 2.5" disks, and probably 2 TB in 2010. You're not going to see a 1TB SDD for a long time, not at sub-$1000 price at least.
Also, for the operating system and applications I would choose a SLC SSD, the write performance of a MLC SSD is too slow when doing small transfers. The speeds advertised by manufacturers are for big sequential transfers (which SSDs do very fast), but the problem is that an OS like Vista does many file access at the same time, and that's problematic on a SSD, specially in MLC ones.

RE: I'll wait.
By kensiko on 9/16/2008 8:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
For small write problem, MFT is the solution. It transforms every small writes into big sequential writes.

We just need someone to program a good software doing that on the OS partition.

RE: I'll wait.
By icanhascpu on 9/16/2008 11:19:03 PM , Rating: 1
And what happeneds when there is only one small write. It waits for more over HOW long? You make no sense, son. The problem would still be there.

RE: I'll wait.
By kensiko on 9/17/2008 6:59:11 AM , Rating: 2
That's a technical difficulty of the software.

If you only one have small write and then 10 seconds to do nothing, I suppose the software just write and that's all.

Just read that:

RE: I'll wait.
By FredEx on 9/17/2008 4:21:26 AM , Rating: 2
I want the tech to mature a while before I jump on it. The improvements are coming fast. I'm guessing the speeds will have doubled and the prices dropped in half on consumer level SSD's in 6 months...or before.

RE: I'll wait.
By winterspan on 9/20/2008 9:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
First of all, it's not an all or nothing endeavor, and the small $900 SLC drive is targeted at the enterprise.
Intel's blazing fast 80GB SSD is $599, and Dell is offering the Samsung 128GB for ~$500, both of which make a great primary drive.
Now, any discussion of SSD vs HDD has to be done in the context of intended use. For a desktop computer with no concerns of size, power use, heat, noise, etc, the benefit of an SSD is not as dramatic, although still is impressive.

But for a laptop, the benefits are clear. More durability, less power consumption, less fan noise, and most importantly, dramatically improved performance. Even the MLC-based Intel SSD blows the doors off of all 2.5" 7200rpm laptop drives, especially for normal productivity/browsing/light multimedia workloads.

In larger models, manufacturers can even easily fit both an SSD and an HDD, giving you the best of both worlds, especially with 1.8" SSDs being available.

It will also be interesting to see if manufacturers create new custom SSD form factors that are more suitable for cramming into a thin laptop. You could have SSDs manufactured as thin long rectangles that can be squeezed into a laptop case. I can certainly see Apple doing something like this to make an even smaller Macbook Air.

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