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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 amanojaku on 9/29/2008 10:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
It could be Super Talent doesn't want to take the risk of offering support for a device with a limited write life. Flash-based disks will eventually loose capacity as writes accumulate. I seem to remember some magnetic hard drives came with a one-year warranty a few years ago, as well. People still bought them, and some of us still use 'em.


RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By oab on 9/29/2008 11:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
Western Digital "retail box" drives. I think they still come with 1-years.

I also believe that Maxtor "retail" drives had the same limited warranty. So do all external drives, you would be hard pressed to find one that comes with more than 1 year that isn't a "professional grade" series one.


RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By joey2264 on 9/30/08, Rating: -1
By amanojaku on 9/30/2008 11:39:52 AM , Rating: 2
Damn, do some research! Western Digital currently offers warranties of 3-5 years. They no longer offer drives (other than clearance drives) with warranties of 1 year. And the drives aren't crap. The Raptor is the de facto performance and reliability standard of SATA drives. Their other drives are highly competitive with drives from Seagate, Hitachi and Samsung.


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