SanDisk has unveiled a new SSD today called the
Ultra that is now shipping to retailers.
SSD is sized to work in a notebook or a desktop computer and is designed
for a drop-in upgrade to a machine for users. The SSD reads up to 280MB/s
sequentially and up to 270MB/s sequential writes are supported.
The drive has a mean time between failure rating
of up to a million hours.
"Replacing a computer's hard disk drive with
the SanDisk Ultra SSD is more cost effective than buying a new PC," said
Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Our new SSD delivers
greater speed and reliability than a hard disk drive at an affordable
The SSD is offered in three capacities with a 60GB
for $129.99, 120GB for $219.99, and a 240GB for $449.99. All three capacities
are available right now in the U.S. and can be purchased from Newegg and other
quote: The only reliability issue that concerns me about current SSDs is that I won't want to use it 5 years from now due to greater technologies
quote: So what you admit is that your oldest SSD is only 2 years old. Most people use conventional HDDs much longer than that. I have HDDs from at least 4 years ago that are still spinning...
quote: That doesn't make any sense. The slowest SSD today will STILL be superior in random read/write in five years than any HDD that will come out in that span. Sequential speeds will have improved, yes, but those aren't as important to the "feel" of the OS drive as randoms.
quote: Everyone I know with an SSD has had them die one person is on his third
quote: no defrags on the SSD
quote: Im dying to get one
quote: The SSD reads up to 280MB/s sequentially and up to 270MB/s sequential writes are supported.
quote: However as others have stated it is not the same as DDR2 v DDR3 as NAND is all about die size. So the market actually behaves the opposite, the drives get cheaper to produce each generation NOT more expensive. Hence why the last gen SSD is not a bargin like DDR2 was when DDR3 came out.
quote: Well yes but that's because of market forces. As demand causes production to ramp up, your margins from each unit can be lower. The more mainstream and less niche SSD's become, the better for everyone because it lowers prices.
quote: If you break down the cost of an SSD, you could divide it into 4 broad categories. 1) NAND 2) Controller 3) Case, PCB, other components 4) Labour, overhead, other manufacturing, distribution and advertising costs.