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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 Zorlac on 9/16/2008 5:05:48 PM , Rating: 5
When are we going to hear from Microsoft on some Vista patches to natively support SSD? What about the huge list of services (i.e. Defrag, etc.) that should be turned off in Vista when using SSD? Is MS going to post an official list or disable them once Vista recognizes a SSD is installed?

Will new chipsets (i.e. X58/ICH10) support SSD better than old?

Anything else that we are missing besides the SSD controller?




By OCedHrt on 9/16/2008 5:17:59 PM , Rating: 1
That's the same kind of thinking taken by Sandisk. Just because the drive gets completely clobbered when Vista is defragging, doesn't mean it is Microsoft's responsibility.

In terms of flash lifespan related to defragging, the impact is insignificant.


By icanhascpu on 9/16/2008 5:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
It’s MSs responsibility as a successful company to keep up with current technology. I expect that they will tweak how Vista interacts with the subtitle differences in how the two differing techs perform. To say it’s not their respocibility is silly and irrelevant.


By DigitalFreak on 9/16/2008 7:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
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It’s MSs responsibility as a successful company to keep up with current technology. I expect that they will tweak how Vista interacts with the subtitle differences in how the two differing techs perform. To say it’s not their respocibility is silly and irrelevant.


How is saying "it's not Microsoft's responsibility" irrelevant?


By icanhascpu on 9/16/2008 7:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
MS is a business not a parent. They have a 'responsibility' to their stock holders to keep their software updated with the trend of new and practical technologies.

That’s not relevant though to 99% of us. It’s about business, not parenting. You keep the consumer happy or profit falls.

Is it the 'responsibility' for lil Cindy to sell ultra tasty lemonade? No. Its business. But she might find more consumers buying brand X super delicious lemonaid instead. Evolution of buisness. Make something good or people won’t buy it (as much). Unless you’re a cute child with lemonade, but Ballmer doesn’t strike me as such.


By vapore0n on 9/16/2008 6:56:41 PM , Rating: 3
Given that SSD is still a developing tech and not as available as standard HDs, Id expect Windows 7 to have that magical fix for SSD support.

Which is good, as Vista is too bloated and is not expecting an SSD as its primary storage. Maybe MS will improve Windows and stop all that disk leaching going on in the background


By leexgx on 9/16/2008 7:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
its not that hard for vista to auto disable defrag on SSD drives, all it needs is an windows update (one of the performance updates i guess)


By icanhascpu on 9/16/2008 7:25:23 PM , Rating: 3
Alot of the drive thrashing is the search index updating its dumbass self.


By lagomorpha on 9/16/2008 9:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
"Maybe MS will improve Windows and stop all that disk leaching going on in the background"

You'd think if it was a priority they'd have done something about it by now. It's only been a problem since what? Windows 3.0 in 1990? They've had over 18 years...


By icanhascpu on 9/17/2008 12:30:47 AM , Rating: 4
Disk thrashing on a clean install is much worse with Vista than XP or 2000.


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