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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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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.

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