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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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Why use the ancient form factors?
By B166ER on 9/4/2007 3:12:11 AM , Rating: 2
I understand the tech hasn't matured and all but is it not so advanced to use a smaller form factor? 3.5" is sooooo 20 years ago, and unless the space is needed by the flash technology, then why make em so big? And don't give me compatibility, it costs nothing to make brackets that'll fit 3.5", 5.25" spaces. not to mention we start today with smaller drivers and by tomorrow we're fitting 20-30 of them suckas in our cases. Makes sense(but costs major dollas!), but with a 3.5" sizeyou can fit what, 4 in your current case? 1.8" and less FTW!

By B166ER on 9/4/2007 3:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
And, as i read on Mtrons site, "A tantalizing 128GB drive in the 1.8-inch form factor is also in the works for the fourth quarter of 2007." So tell me again why they even dropped a larger sized drive?

By Bluestealth on 9/4/2007 4:23:26 AM , Rating: 3
Easy pop in replacements for OEMs?
This is especially important in the laptop market where the SATA connectors need to line up perfectly in order to actually be useful. It also tends to be where most of these early drives are likely to end up.

RE: Why use the ancient form factors?
By teldar on 9/4/2007 8:21:30 AM , Rating: 2
3.5" isn't so 20 years ago, 10 years ago my sister's computer had a 5.25" quantum big foot. That was awful....

And who says a case can only hold 4 drives? Mine holds 6 and I can get adapters to have it hold another 4 plus the 2 optical drives I have. And that's without trying to cram one into the extra external 3.5"s.

If you need more drives, get a bigger case....

By tedrodai on 9/4/2007 10:11:54 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, they're not quite THAT old, but the point of smaller form factors is so you don't have to get a bigger case. You can have room for 4+ drives, and you still have extra space for more equipment or better air flow, etc., or--a smaller case. My computer at home is in a big tower case, but despite being an enthusiast, I definitely wouldn't mind a smaller computer that performs the same as my current one.

RE: Why use the ancient form factors?
By B166ER on 9/4/2007 10:31:39 AM , Rating: 2

Read son, Rodime dropped the first 3.5" in '83, by 88 they were quite available. Your sistas 5.25" unit in 98 was a joke.
And unlike those who wield 17" laptops, these a current crop and generation that would prefer that size NOT be everything. Getting bigger need not mean better.

By Gul Westfale on 9/4/2007 11:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
they cannot simply change the form factor on their own, without industry support. after all they need to be able to sell these things to somebody, and if nobody makes enclosures/spaces in laptop or desktop cases for this custom size then they are out of luck.

once these things become mainstream i'm sure some of the manufacturers will get together and develop a new standard.

By Polynikes on 9/4/2007 12:31:43 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe because someday SSD tech will be fast and cheap enough for people to warrant putting them in their desktops. There's a reason people buy Raptors. They want the fastest there is.

And I don't know about you, but I don't have any 2.5" or 1.8" disk drive mounting cages in MY case.

RE: Why use the ancient form factors?
By iFX on 9/4/2007 1:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
You ansered your own question. Compatibility.

Do you honestly think the industry hasn't thought about moving to a smaller form factor? Of course they have.

RE: Why use the ancient form factors?
By B166ER on 9/4/2007 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
It was all but impossible with magnetic technology, you can only shrink magnetics so much. But this is a totally different tech. And, I reiterate, compatibility is an afterthought with shrinking such because it is nothing near difficult to provide brackets. Many case manufs and some hard drive makers (at least when the switch to the smaller 3.5" drives happened) provided brackets to allow such fit. Not to mention I'm not talking immediately, but in the meantime, 1.8" is such a scale to thats too impossible to comprehend? C'mon.

By SoCalBoomer on 9/4/2007 4:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Compatibility being that Dell or HP or anyone building desktop computers can begin to pick these up and snap them into existing form factors without modification. Forcing desktop manufacturers to adjust to smaller immediately is going to alienate the manufacturers rather than actually accomplishing anything.

It is an added expense to use brackets - and eliminates the chance for tool-less cases and such.

It will come - force it and you get backlash.

By JeffDM on 9/4/2007 11:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
The space might be needed to fit all those chips in? I mean, high capacity chips cost money, so maybe they can just add a lot of lower capacity chips and be able to sell them at a lower price.

If you have a mobile computer, space means something, a stationary computer can probably hide behind the desk.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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