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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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By UBB on 9/16/2008 4:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'll wait to see if extensive reviews show there is no stuttering problem like the OCZ drives suffer from. Both OCZ version 1 and 2 drives suffer from this. Check OCZ's forums, it's littered with people suffering from stuttering problems.

RE: Stuttering...
By AnnihilatorX on 9/16/2008 4:36:24 PM , Rating: 2
The shuttering problem are caused by the controllers in the MLC SSDs. See my post up with link to anandtech for more info.

RE: Stuttering...
By psychobriggsy on 9/17/2008 8:10:32 AM , Rating: 2
Or Intel's SATA drivers.

As Anand didn't test with other chipsets (AMD, NVIDIA), we will never know. Nice of Anand to do a test that destroyed Intel's primary competition though.

(Of course it is a valid issue, simply because Intel chipsets are the most common, and if Intel won't fix the drivers, then the SSDs will need workarounds. Shame that they won't have the in-house advice that Intel had).

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