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Mtron MSD, MSD PRO and MSD XTM SSD family  (Source: Mtron)
Mtron steam rolls past SanDisk and Samsung in SSD performance

Solid-state disks (SSDs) are still a long way from entering the regular mainstream market, but that isn't stopping companies from releasing larger and faster products on a continual basis.

SanDisk and Samsung are currently sitting at 64GB with their SSDs. SanDisk's offering features read speeds of 67MB/sec (write speeds are unknown) while Samsung quotes 65MB/sec reads and 45MB/sec writes. Adtron's 160GB SSD trumps both with a maximum read speed of 70MB/sec and maximum write speed of 55MB/sec.

Mtron is leaving all three manufacturers in the dust with its new range of SSDs. The South Korean manufacturer boasts that its new 2.5" and 3.5" drives feature read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.

According to Mtron, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB drives will be available in September. During the fourth quarter, the company is expected to launch a 128GB SSD in a 1.8" form factor.

Mtron has not released pricing for the drives, but expect to pay a pretty penny considering the read/write speeds of the memory chips being used. For those looking for a more cost-effective solution, there's always SanDisk's new uSSD 5000 lineup.



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Finally a SSD...
By defter on 9/4/2007 2:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
Thas has similar read/write speeds as a basic HDD.

Too bad that SSDs are still 50-100 times as expensive.




RE: Finally a SSD...
By AnnihilatorX on 9/4/2007 6:55:37 AM , Rating: 2
120MB/s is 50% faster transfer rate sustained than the fastest HDD
even the older Mtron had 100MB/s rate sustained


RE: Finally a SSD...
By erikejw on 9/4/2007 8:23:16 AM , Rating: 3
Since 99% + of a regular users diskaccess is for small files the access time is what is most important. SSDs have access times at 0.1 ms compared to the HDDs 10ms. That is where SSDs really excel. They are still too pricey for regular users though but in a years time I'd probably put my operating system and swapfile on a SSD and use the 2TB of other drives for pure storage.


RE: Finally a SSD...
By PlasmaBomb on 9/4/2007 4:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
SSDs won't get anywhere near 120MB/s on numerous small files.


RE: Finally a SSD...
By leexgx on 9/4/2007 8:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
depends what you call an small file if it reads an file thats 32KB the speed per 0.05ms will be 32KB
on an norm hard disk it takes time for it to Seek to the next file as well it mite be wanting to read an big file at the same time with SSD unless its accessing more then 300 small files at once the drive should still do 120MB/s (cant rember what its I/O rate is but its Blows Scsi disk out of the water thay do not even come close to SSD) its when it has to write something it may slow down as it takes alot longer to do it but thay do in write speed is 90MB/s and thats very good, WD raptor Reads at that speed


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