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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 jonmcc33 on 9/30/2008 8:02:24 AM , Rating: 3
...if there were no compromises in quality and reliability, why can't they back this statement up with a better warranty. 1 year for a device that's supposed to store thousands of important documents seems like a load of crap to me. We all wanted cheaper SSDs, but very few are willing to risk the integrity of their data to such a slim warranty.

Warranty is moot if you are worried about thousands of important documents. Warranty doesn't cover recovery of your documents. I don't care if there's a 5 year or 10 year warranty on it. That won't get your data back.

So to me, 1 year warranty is fine if it keeps cost down. I will put my thousands of important documents on backup optical storage media where they are safer.

RE: quality with only 1 year support?
By inighthawki on 9/30/2008 12:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
This is probably one of the most well put comments on here. If you are worried about backing data up, or storing "important documents", it shouldn't be on a laptop or a backup raid config. Buy a couple dvds for about 25 cents and burn all of your documents there and you'll be good.

By inighthawki on 9/30/2008 9:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
lol, when i proofread this i guess i didn't do too well of a job, it's meant to say "it shouldn't be on a laptop but rather a backup raid config" (or optical storage, just to stick that in there)

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