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Solid as a rock

I don't know whether to shout for joy or cry from sadness. Samsung has announced the world's first PC with a NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD). The joy comes from the fact that the 32GB SSD makes Samsung's 12.1", 2.56 pound Q30 notebook completely silent. With the spinning hard disk drive gone, there is absolutely no noise. In addition, the SSD can withstand twice the impact force of a traditional hard drive, offers 300% faster reads (53MB/sec) and 150% faster writes (28MB/sec), boots into Windows XP 25-50% faster and weighs roughly half as much.

So how could I possibly be sad with all of these positives? Samsung has decided to throw the 32GB SSD into its ancient (in the computer world) Q30 notebook. This means that the notebook is based around the outdated 915GMS chipset and features Intel GMA900 graphics. That also means that memory is limited to DDR2 400 spec. The processor also is a rather meager 1.2GHz Celeron M 753. Not even a Pentium M at least?

For now, it appears that the Q30-SSD is a Korean market only notebook. That may be for the best as its $3,700 USD price tag would surely make potential buyers do a double take -- especially given the outdated components surrounding the fabulous storage disk.



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Who is this for?
By White Widow on 5/23/2006 5:41:42 PM , Rating: 1
To whom does this setup actually appeal to?

If I recall from some reviews of the iRAM (on overclockers.com maybe?), that device was connected via the SATA interface. While the solid-state drive was definitley faster than any SATA drive, the overall impact was limited by the interface. It was postulated that if the card used the PCI Express bus it would get much better throughput. Since this notebook uses an older chipset, which only supports SATA 1.0/150, the real-world impact will probably be somewhat muted. Especially considering the meager grpahics and CPU attached to it, how can this EXPENSIVE and SMALL sorage device be expcted to shine? You're not gonna be doing any graphics or video editing, hard core gaming, CAD/CAM, etc on a 1.2GHz CELERON with GMA video.

Who is this system intended for???




RE: Who is this for?
By Hippiekiller on 5/23/2006 6:15:49 PM , Rating: 3
Your mom.


RE: Who is this for?
By eomhS on 5/23/2006 6:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
lmao, i couldnt stop laughing when i read that, god one hippie, one of the best "Your Mom's" i've seen in a whlie and i'm a sophomore.


RE: Who is this for?
By Trisped on 5/23/2006 6:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like a proof of concept rather then an actual product. They probably had a few of these Q30's laying around (warrantees maybe) and thought they would use them to prototype their new drove. The Laptops probably cost them nothing, and the enthusiasts will just buy the laptop, pop it open, and stick the drive where they want it.


RE: Who is this for?
By jkresh on 5/23/2006 8:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
Its not currently targeted for a particularly large market but with a solid state drive, along with the rest of those components it should get great battery life and still be moderately quick for normal tasks. I would prefer if they put it in a core duo system with a 7900gtx and maybe a second 160gig drive for large storage purposes, but that might negate the battery improvement of ssd. I also would suspect that they don’t have the capacity to make too many of these drives at the moment and if they sold them in workstation or high end gaming notebooks they wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand.


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