the major companies that were in the computer memory market have also jumped
into the flash drive and SSD market. The SSD market has
a lot of competition today and prices are coming down as storage capacities are
Crucial is one of the firms that has a firm position in the both RAM and SSD
markets. The company has announced a new SSD today that is called the Crucial
m4. The m4 SSDs are 2.5-inch form factor storage devices that the company
is aiming at the business user and the general consumer. The SSDs are built
with 25nm NAND flash technology and the m4 is the successor to the RealSSD
The new m4 SSD has fast operating speeds with up to 415MB/sec read and up to
260MB/sec write speeds. Those speeds are 17% higher then the C300 in read and
20% faster in write speed than the C300. The SSDs also consume little power and
are made to be light and to be able to survive shock and vibration.
"The new Crucial m4 SSD builds on the enormous success of its predecessor,
the Crucial RealSSD C300. As a subsidiary of Micron Technology, we're in the
unique position of leveraging Micron's NAND development and manufacturing
expertise for our Crucial branded SSDs," said Robert Wheadon, worldwide
senior product manager. "These next-generation m4 SSDs offer customers
higher capacities and even greater performance at affordable prices."
The SSD is offered in a 64GB version for $129.99, 128GB versions are $249.99,
and the 256GB version is $499.99. Those needing even more storage space can get
a 512GB version of the m4 SSD for $999.99.
varieties are backed with a 3-year warranty and are available right now.
quote: The sole available hybrid drive you can buy today is crap. The caching algorithms used were designed by a moron
quote: regardless of how well they do in benchmarks, they are useless in real life.
quote: In particular, they don't seem to track streaming and large file copies, so that pretty much anytime you copy a large file or play a movie you blow the cache out the water.
quote: I suspect there would still be a market for these devices if they did not suck. But Seagate has basically pissed in the well here for everyone. How do competitors convince the public that there hybrid, unlike Seagate's, is not garbage?
quote: The issue is not how well it does in benchmarks, but how well it does under real world conditions, especially when "irrelevant" file copies and streaming are thrown into the mix, and no benchmark sites cover this.