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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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Jmicron controller?
By Dribble on 9/30/2008 4:43:03 AM , Rating: 2
You don't say whether these have the dodgy jmicron controller in them?
If they do it's not worth buying them no matter how cheap they are.

RE: Jmicron controller?
By 7Enigma on 9/30/2008 7:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
They do have the same Jmicron controller, and as such while they can quote wonderful read and write numbers it doesn't mean a damn thing when they just pause, they are CRAP. Sure if you have an old laptop HD you will see some performance increase when they are working but I wouldn't touch these.

People, PLEASE read Anand's article on the latest Intel SSD where they show you just what is wrong with this Supertalent drive, and all the other's that use the same controller.

"The symptoms are pretty obvious: horrible stuttering/pausing/lagging during the use of the drive. The drive still works, it's just that certain accesses can take a long time to complete. It's a lot like using a slow laptop hard drive and trying to multitask, everything just comes to a halt."

"Though the OCZ core drive is our example, but please remember that this isn't an OCZ specific issue: the performance problems we see with this drive are apparent on all current MLC drives in the market that use a Jmicron controller with Samsung flash."

"You'll notice a new column called number of pauses; this column is the number of times all disk activity ceased on the system, causing the whole machine to stutter for a moment. You'll also notice that there are zeros in this column, unless the drive uses the JMicron controller. Also note the randomness of the problem, the OCZ, SuperTalent and Silicon Power drives all use the same hardware yet I saw tremendous variations between runs."

RE: Jmicron controller?
By vcespon on 9/30/2008 11:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yea! You can see very clearly the difference between a SLC and a MLC disk. Although the MLC Core advertises higher speeds (143 / 93 MB/S), those are achieved only when transfering big files.
On the real world tests the SLC drive is twice as fast in many of them. All the real world tests show that SLC drives are SLOW, no matter if they have a ***PEAK*** transfer rate of 1 GB/s, they aer going to be used to host an operating system and launch applications, not copy 8 GB files.
Also SLC drives have 10 times the lifespan of the MLC ones.
I'm currently running the Samsung SLC drive on my laptop and everyting at every moment is fast.

RE: Jmicron controller?
By 7Enigma on 9/30/2008 12:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
All the real world tests show that SLC drives are SLOW, no matter if they have a ***PEAK*** transfer rate of 1 GB/s, they aer going to be used to host an operating system and launch applications, not copy 8 GB files.

I disagree. The data shows that those MLC drives with the Jmicron controller are slow, the Intel MLC drive is MUCH better, besting the SLC drive in several cases.

Just a bummer the Intel product will be priced like SLC drives.

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