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Super Talent releases a new budget line of SSDs

When it comes to SSDs, Super Talent isn't standing still when it comes to new models. Super Talent and OCZ have both been battling it out to bring faster, cheaper models to the masses based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND technology.

Just two weeks ago, Super Talent launched new MLC-based MasterDrive OX drives which feature read speeds of 150MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec. Prices range from $149 for the 32GB model on up to $419 for the 128GB mode.

Today, Super Talent is expanding its presence in the lower end of the market with a new line of budget SSDs. Super Talent's new MasterDrive LX lineup is targeting customers that want the advantages of SSDs without the relatively high costs. The price advantages of the MasterDrive LX SSDs come in the form of speed cuts compared to the MasterDrive OX family.

Super Talent's 64GB and 128GB MasterDrive LX drives are rated at 100MB/sec reads and only 40MB/sec writes. However, the prices are much more palatable at $179 and $299 respectively. Both drives are paired with a rather short one-year warranty and feature a SATA-II interface.

"The MasterDrive LX is our most cost-effective SSD yet. However, we’ve made no compromises in quality and reliability," said Super Talent Director of Marketing Joe James.

The Master Drive OX SSDs will be available next week.

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RE: I knew the prices would drop!
By quiksilvr on 9/29/2008 9:50:33 PM , Rating: 2
But with speeds that low the advantages of going SSD go out the window. The power savings aren't astronomically different from HDD and you're still paying 180 bucks for 60 GB. That write speed has to double in order for it to be worth getting.

RE: I knew the prices would drop!
By mathew7 on 9/30/2008 4:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
With HDDs you have a density and a rotational limitation. These limitation are harder and harder to "extend", so I cannot see big speed boosts in the following years.
With SSDs they are working mostly on speed, as the density is already pretty good, considering also how new the technology is (compare 4GB microSD with 2.5" 320GB HDD).
My estimation is that in 2 years SSDs will catch up to HDDs, as I cannot see HDDs gain more than 10-20% speed, but SSDs have a much larger room for improvement.

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