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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: quality with only 1 year support?
By someguy123 on 9/29/2008 10:17:28 PM , Rating: 3
yeah, exactly. I don't think the biggest problem is the read/writes, it's the life span. if these things have parts that die within a year how can you feel safe storing anything on them? might as well just have a slower drive that I can use without having to worry that a sector will just suddenly die on me.

this is ESPECIALLY annoying with all these DRM schemes being tossed around. sector with mass effect dies, gotta reinstall, whoops no more installs for you buddy! ARSDFSDFSG

RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By codeThug on 9/30/2008 1:13:06 AM , Rating: 2
Who said they had parts that die within a year?

Nothing lasts forever. Look, if want to protect your data, you're going to need raid 1 or 5 with full backup. You simply cannot do it with one device.

RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By Samus on 9/30/08, Rating: 0
RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By doctat on 9/30/2008 8:58:21 AM , Rating: 2
why would raid5 void your warranty? or, zomg, do you have some misconception of how raid works perhaps...

RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By Cincybeck on 9/30/2008 9:09:20 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone's so serious all the time how do you guys live..? Or lack there of, is what I really should say. If that post didn't have sarcastic overtones, then I'm a monkey's uncle. =P

By SpaceRanger on 9/30/2008 10:30:45 AM , Rating: 2
Need a banana?

RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By Chadder007 on 9/30/2008 10:03:19 AM , Rating: 2
But reliability because of no moving parts and speed is what SSD's are all about....having a 1 year warranty doesn't instill confidence in purchasing this and expecting it to be reliable.

By walk2k on 9/30/2008 12:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
That's because people have had massive failures with them. Check the OCZ forums (these use the same chips).

1 year on a solid-state device with no moving parts should be a BIG red flag. Most DIMMs come with LIFETIME warranty fer chrissakes. Even hard drives with multiple spinny platters and heads that crash into them come with 3 to 5 year warranties.

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