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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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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.


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