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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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Seek time
By FishTankX on 9/29/2008 11:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not forget the other metric, where SSD's have an innumerable advantage over their dizzy mechanical cousins. Seek time. Even if the transfer rate is near the same speed as a mechanical disk, being 50 times faster at begining to transfer said data has got to count for something.




RE: Seek time
By codeThug on 9/30/2008 1:22:28 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention rotational latency and head settling time.

However, not all storage access requires a seek, typically a large majority of storage requests happen while the head mechanism is already on cylinder or very close to on cylinder. Couple this with drive read ahead cylinder caching, and the benefits may not always be as rosy as SSD manufacturers would like you to think.


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