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World Cyber Games 2004, San Francisco

World Cyber Games 2005, Singapore
Hopes to boost OEM sales by targeting top gamers

Samsung is a large company with a good reputation, but it faces a tough time marketing its Solid State Drives to the enthusiast market. While almost half of the NAND flash in SSDs sold globally is produced by Samsung, it also sells a complete SSD package including a NAND flash controller, DRAM cache, and firmware.

Strangely, Samsung chose not to sell its SSDs through the channel, but instead markets these SSDs as an upgrade option by OEMs such as Dell and Lenovo. So far, these have been mainly business laptops and workstations targeting business executives.
Samsung's PM800 series of SSDs has been offered as well to companies such as Corsair and OCZ through rebranding deals. Corsair's P256 and OCZ's Summit series of drives have been a moderate success, but have been surpassed in sales by Intel's X25-M series and OCZ's Vertex series which offer faster random write speeds.

While Samsung is relying on its whitebox partners to deliver economies of scale to the general public, it wants to start specifically targeting gamers. Besides the corporate market, these have traditionally been the early adopters most likely to pay a premium for performance in the latest GPUs, CPUs, and HDDs such as Western Digital's Raptor series.

“In addition to processing power, advanced graphic cards and high-resolution monitors, gamers want a fast storage drive for reduced loading times and faster game performance,” said Jim Elliott, Vice President of Memory Marketing for Samsung Semiconductor Inc.
“Our 256GB SSD provides much better overall performance than conventional HDDs, as well as longer battery life for the notebook gamer. Clearly, all PC gamers will benefit from the blistering speeds and dazzling photorealism enabled by the Samsung 256GB SSD.”

Samsung sees big money ahead as SSDs continue to move into the mainstream, which also coincides with the mainstreaming of PCs designed for gamers.
“The PC gaming market continues to evolve into a more mainstream segment, and should reach $30.7 billion by the end of 2012,” stated Jon Peddie, President of Jon Peddie Research.

”PC gaming enthusiasts are at the forefront for demanding the latest high-powered hardware available, making the PC gaming industry an important innovation driver for adopting cutting-edge technology, like high-performance solid state drives. Using an SSD will give the gamer the extra edge that he or she is seeking.”

Samsung is prepared to move aggressively by sponsoring major gaming events. It will start by offering SSD-enabled game stations at this years World Cyber Games (WCG). The company is encouraging participants to try out the SSD game stations at the U.S. National Finals, which will start September 25 in New York City. 

The company has been a traditional worldwide partner of the WCG, which originated in South Korea. The WCG drew approximately 1.6 million participants from 78 countries during 2008.

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RE: love the marketing!
By Crota on 8/13/2009 11:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt anyone will notice a performance boast in game from a SSD drive. Users using the new segate 1.5 TB with the 320 GB mod down in raid would notice more of a performance boast per dollar then SSD would see.

Until the system requirements of a game start requiring incredily fast seek times, SSD and HD is general should not affect the performance of a game once it is loaded. With computer systems having anywhere from 3-6 GBs of ram thanks to the new i7 board and processors, developers would rather load high used and critical content to memory rather then constantly seeking it from the disk.

With all that said, if Samsung decided to make SSD as afforadable or 1.5x the cost of the current generation HDs, I would go out and make the purchase in an instant. Having windows load up 10 secs faster is still 10 more secs of gaming before my wife gets home.

RE: love the marketing!
By MrPoletski on 8/14/2009 4:37:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yopu say 'once it's loaded' but a number of games will load new areas as you approach them. The first two examples that spring to mind are Oblivion and Crysis.

But even then, it doesn't cause catastrophic frame rate loss but you do notice it. This is on RAID0 raptorx 150's.

By the way, has everyone forgotten how SILENT ssd drives are? By booting from SSD instead of my raptor array I think I've reduced the amount of sound energy emitted by my pc during bootup by about 1.21 jiggawatts.

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