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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:51

SanDisk releases new SSDs

Written by Nick Farell


Straight to consumers
SanDisk has released a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) that it's flogging directly to consumers rather than manufacturers.

The Ultra SSD line has been designed to replace hard drives in older systems and thereby increase the performance, durability and lifespan of existing laptops and desktops. It uses the SATA 2.0 specification I/O interface, and can manage a read rate of up to 280MB/sec and a  write rate of up to 270MB/sec.

The technology is based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rate of up to one million hours.  Of course most people think that the MTBF is about as reliable a way of determine an SSD's longevity as counting the rings of dead coffee on my desk. SanDisk claims that replacing an existing hard drive with an SSD is more cost effective than purchasing a new computer. However it is still not nearly as cheap as a conventional hard-drive.

The drives arrive in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities and will set you back $129.99, $219.99 and $449.99.
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+2 #1 robert3892 2011-07-26 14:21
Consumers want speed as well. These SSDs are too slow compared to Sandisk's competition for users who have access to SATA 6. Prices still need to come way down to compete with HDs. Mechanical HDs are already being introduced with SATA 6. They are not as fast as SSDs but are more cost effective
 
 
0 #2 Silentwalker 2011-07-26 15:18
I'll buy one once there under $1 for 1 gig or less! Even though SSD's prices have droped quite alot over the years there still a bit too much for me.
 
 
+1 #3 gamoniac 2011-07-26 16:40
Quoting robert3892:
Consumers want speed as well. These SSDs are too slow compared to Sandisk's competition for users who have access to SATA 6. Prices still need to come way down to compete with HDs. Mechanical HDs are already being introduced with SATA 6. They are not as fast as SSDs but are more cost effective


SATA II SSD are still very relevant and is still way faster than any mechanical HDD. Not to mention there are many young SATA II machines out there, like mine, that won't be upgraded for a while.

Besides, from what I read, mechanical HDD never reaches the full potential of SATA II anyway. So there is litereally no gain using one with SATA III.

Edit: Of course, SATA III would be prefered. And these SATA II SSD are too expensive.
 
 
0 #4 crackerz 2011-07-27 19:20
I'll buy one of these if the IOPS are better than competition..speed isn't everything is iops are low. I want to feel that my system is fast, not transfer one movie from one spot to another with 250, 500, 1000mb/s

P.S. I don't even store any big files in my ssd, for storage hdd is just fine.
 

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