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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 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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