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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: Hey samsung?
By TSS on 8/13/2009 1:56:15 PM , Rating: 2
I can think of a very good reason not to buy this drive.

I've got a 200GB C:\ partition with my programs/games/windows. It's about 200gb big with 60gb left, seeing as i still need to install champions online, left 4 dead 2 and modern warfare 2, i would like a bit more space so 250GB would be fine. Loading isn't an issue, as i've got 6GB of ram to keep all the files in that are loaded, and i don't mind waiting a tad longer when changing maps.

Running a 1TB now (3 partitions total), all games load reasonably fast. I've had 2 150gb raptors in raid0 before this so i do know *really* fast. The difference between this setup and my last one was about 5 seconds every 25 seconds of loading time (so i load 30 now)

On newegg, a 250gb SSD, the cheapest is $700 (OCZ vertex) and the user reviews have mentions of the drive crashing in a week and refusing to update the firmware.

The cheapest 250GB HDD is $45 and'll run like a charm.

I'm willing to bet 2 of those in raid 0 beat the SSD in any kind of test, stability or performance. And still be 8 times cheaper. And have double the space. I'll gladly wait 2-3 more seconds and spend that 600 bucks difference on my graphics card.

RE: Hey samsung?
By UNHchabo on 8/13/2009 2:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
Most gamers (excluding those who use laptops) have two hard drives; one for Windows, and one for the games. That way Windows disk activity and game disk activity is separated.

When I build my next machine, I'm putting my OS on a standard hard drive, and games on an SSD. OS startup times don't matter much to me cause I rarely reboot, but I want fast level loads.

RE: Hey samsung?
By AskTheChief on 8/13/2009 5:11:33 PM , Rating: 2
You said "I'm willing to bet 2 of those in raid 0 beat the SSD in any kind of test, stability or performance." Well this article pits an OCZ Vertex (120 Gb version) up against several drives, one set is a pair of Rapters in RAID 0 that gets beat by the SSD by a 17% margin in the Everest Disk Benchmark. Another page in the link shows the SSD with a 20% lead on the bandwidth test over the Raptors in RAID 0.

While I agree there are several benchmarks that a set of RAID 0 drives could out perform an SSD in, those are becoming few and far between as SSD performances ramp up. But unfortunatly I can only fit one drive in my laptop. So I'll have to spend a few extra dollars on an SSD to get any more performance out of it.

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