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SSD is for notebook and desktop users

SanDisk has unveiled a new SSD today called the Ultra that is now shipping to retailers.

The Ultra 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 price."

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 retailers.

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RE: Cost
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2011 4:09:35 PM , Rating: 1
Everyone I know with an SSD has had them die one person is on his third

What, I'm calling bull on that.

no defrags on the SSD

Uhh I should certainly hope nobody "you know" is defragging their SSD...

RE: Cost
By Mitch101 on 7/26/2011 5:28:54 PM , Rating: 1
Newegg reviews
25% 1 Eggs

26% 1 Eggs

57% 1 Eggs

Read the reviews too some talk about problems with the sandforce chipset. Im especially interested in the reviews that show up after 6 months of use.

If you know me I think reviews of products have a major flaw in that they dont review reliability of a product 6 months to a year or re-review after driver maturity. How many companies promise the world and 6 months later leave you hanging or have revised the product because of issues yet the review gives them awards because they tested the product for 3 hours?

RE: Cost
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2011 5:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sandforce controllers are old news. But they did not all "fail", they just had horrible write issues and what not. Most SSD controller issues do get fixed via firmware updates however.

Let's not sit here and pretend there weren't batches and models of HDD's that didn't have terrible reliability problems. Remember IBM drives back in the day? So using one line of OCZ drives with a bad controller doesn't make an argument against ALL SSD's.

RE: Cost
By Mitch101 on 7/26/2011 5:48:07 PM , Rating: 1
The SandForce 2281 controller is one of the fastest out there and look at the review comments.

Reviewed on 6/23/2011 4:35:00 AM
These drives 120GB are now competitive with both Intel's SSD 510 and the 240GB Vertex 3. For desktop users looking for the best absolute performance at the 120GB price point, these are the SF-2281 drives you've been looking for.

23% 1 Egg Vertex 3

15% 1 Egg Vertex 3

I appreciate you early adopters and Im dying to get one but Im going to hold out a little longer for better reliability. It doesn't help that all my friends have had theirs die. It will get better and Corsair seems to have better reliability but Im just going to wait a little longer.

RE: Cost
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2011 5:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
You don't get it though, pointing out one controller isn't the same as you saying "all SSD's go bad". This is not an inherent problem with SSD technology, but a bad controller from ONE SSD provider. If the NAND flash was failing prematurely, your argument would have more bite to it.

Besides we both use Intel's, which seems to be king of SSD reliability. OCZ and others post good numbers, but I can live with slightly less sequential write speeds for the increased stability that Intel Gen2's have given me.

RE: Cost
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2011 6:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
Here since you use Newegg as your basis, check this out.

Pretty much every Intel SSD has 5 out of 5 Eggs.

Im dying to get one

Go for it!! :D

RE: Cost
By Mitch101 on 7/26/2011 9:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
None of them seem to come close to the sandforce performance 500MB/s but that might explain the high failure rate. Crucial seems to have a high reliability rating.

I have faith in it Im just going to give it a while longer to get a few more bugs worked out. My budget is $200.00 for 120gig with high reliability 95% 4-5 stars.

RE: Cost
By damage75 on 7/27/2011 8:22:14 AM , Rating: 2
Patriot Wildfire. Five reviews (it's new), all *5* stars.
They claim to have solved the instability issues that were affecting SF 22xx controllers.

Scanning the 'net, I see zero issues.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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