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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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LMK
By ilkhan on 9/30/2008 3:37:01 AM , Rating: 2
The specs and price Im waiting for in a 2.5" SATA SSD:
128GB
150MB/s read, 100MB/s write
$149.

Soon as we hit that point Ill grab one for my laptop.




RE: LMK
By dickeywang on 9/30/2008 5:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
I'm also waiting for the price to drop to $1/GB, although the transferring rate isn't that important to me. It should be fine to me as long as these can deliver transferring rate which is comparable to the current mainstream 3.5" HDD.


RE: LMK
By vcespon on 9/30/2008 11:01:59 AM , Rating: 2
MLC or SLC SSD?
Because OCZ SSDs Core V2 are almost at that point.

The problem (and the answer to the 1 year warranty on these Supertalent drives) is given on a post above. These drives are mainly intended for laptops, which mainly have only one HDD bay, so the OS is going to be installed there.

Now, if you consider how much Vista trashes the disk on a default install and typical usage...
- Pagefile
- System restore
- Defrag
- File indexing
- System updates

This generates a lot of writes, and most people is not aware of it's implications for a MLC SSD.
A MLC SSD is always going to be slow on small writes, and when several programs are hitting the HDD at the same time. Also, they have a shorter lifespan, so the manufacturer covers his back providing only 1 year warranty.
It's difficult that anyone writes 200 GB to disk every day, but they want to be sure.


RE: LMK
By ilkhan on 9/30/2008 1:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
Long as it meets those specs, why would I care SLC or MLC? :)

Warrentee being one year doesnt bother me. After a year a replacement drive will either be much cheaper, or you spend the same amount of get a bigger, faster, less power hungry replacement. And remember, nobody says that the drive is going to explode on day 366.

Pagefile I have turned off on my laptop already
system restore as well
defrag should be turned off on ANY SSD
file indexing and sys updates aren't going to burn through writes THAT quick.

Among the biggest benefits of SSDs (to me) is the performance they bring to 1.8/2.5" drives. Excepting the VRaptors (not exactly a laptop drive), these are 2-3x faster at reads than platter laptop drives, and same to double the write speeds (~60MB/s write for 2.5" platter drives). Add the seek benefits and drive performance on a laptop is now just as good as you get from a desktop drive.

When you USE your laptop as your only machine (As I do, with external mouse, KB, speakers, screen, its basically a desktop), that makes a huge difference in system responsiveness. Ill wait for the price to come down a bit more, but these are the future.


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