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Alienware m9750  (Source: Alienware)
Alienware embraces solid-state disks for its notebooks

The use of solid-state disks (SSDs) continues to expand with the announcement that Alienware will offer the speedy drives in its Area-51 m5550, Area-51 m9750 and Aurora m9700 notebooks.

Alienware is offering customers a wealth of options when it comes to SSD configurations. Customers can choose a single 32GB SSD, a 32GB SSD combined with a 200GB 7,200RPM HDD (which should provide a nice compromise of speed and storage capacity) and dual 32GB SSDs in a RAID-0 configuration (for maximum performance). The dual-drive configurations are only available on the Area-51 m9750 and Aurora m9700.

"Alienware's new flash-based solid state drive solutions dramatically accelerate performance for mobile storage applications," said Alienware Associate Director of Product Marketing Bryan de Zayas. "From blazing load times to rock-solid durability, all the essential features that customers look for in a notebook are maximized in Alienware mobile systems loaded with solid state drives."

The new SSD options are currently available from Alienware's online website. A single 32GB SSD will set you back $500. Stepping up to the 32GB SSD combined with a 200GB HDD costs $800. Going full bore with dual 32GB SSDs will add a whopping $920 to your total bill.



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RE: Good Grief
By FITCamaro on 7/24/2007 4:16:35 PM , Rating: 5
Ok.

1) The difference between the SSD and a 7200 rpm drive is not that big.

2) That test shows nothing for write speeds.

Until I see that SSDs can last for years operating as a main drive for a PC OS (which is constantly writing to the page file on the hard drive), I'm not going to get one. And even if they prove they can, I'm still not going to get one at a price of $15.62/GB. I wouldn't spend $400 a 1TB drive (considering I can get 2 500GB drives for $200) so why would I spend 25% more for 3100% less?


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