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Plextor Jumps Into SSD Fray With 64GB, 128GB

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March 1, 2010 9:52:05 PM

Mayhaps competition among SSD makers will drop price?

(One can hope, :bounce: )
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March 1, 2010 9:54:40 PM

1) All these companies jumping in to the SSD party means that the SSD market must be ridiculously lucrative, so those $3-$4+ per GB figures we are paying must be truly outrageous. I wonder what the margins are on the drives.

2) I'm glad that all these companies are jumping in because it will accelerate the price drops.
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March 1, 2010 9:55:11 PM

Yes for certain competition will lower prices. I would love to have an SSD... I'm just not going to pay insane prices for a small drive.

BTW the negatives on my first post means you enjoyed the movie! :) 
It's a joke, and a little humorous, lighten up.
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March 1, 2010 9:55:59 PM

kressoBLAST YOU!!! How dumb can I be?

haha i will never do it again, but it is fun for a change of pace.
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March 1, 2010 9:58:35 PM

I keep reading about TRIM being "for Win 7 users". Does anyone know if Ubuntu EXT4 now reliably supports TRIM or is it still under development? Thanks.
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March 1, 2010 10:23:42 PM

I'm all for competition - better performance at a lower price. I'm just wondering how long the process will take before ssd's are really affordable.
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March 1, 2010 10:31:20 PM

More competition. =)
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March 1, 2010 10:42:25 PM

Can someone please explain how this drive is competitive? It doesn't seem like it will be competitive in the average consumer market. Maybe with those IOPS it will be nice in other markets...
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March 1, 2010 10:44:56 PM

Gin FushichoMore competition. =)

Im with you man. Theyve been in existence for almost 10 years and they are still pretty expensive for a relatively small drive. Not saying Im not looking at a vertex turbo 120gb or anything but I'd like it to not stab me in the wallet when I do. The more people that are in the market the better IMHO.
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March 1, 2010 10:55:49 PM

Um they haven't been around for ten years Dude. The technology you are talking about is PCI SSD's Cards
that were bootable but they never took off because they were to expensive. And obviously they didn't learn from that because their at it again and they cost between $1,500.00 to $ 4,000.00 for the new ones. SSD Hard Drives as we know them now are only 3 years old.
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March 1, 2010 11:03:52 PM

Glad to see more competition to lower the SSD price. Now I hope Toshiba, Samsung and other flash memory makers wont price fixing to keep memory at high price.
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March 1, 2010 11:24:58 PM

This seems sloooow and expensive. You can get Platter HDDs that perform better then these SSDs.
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March 2, 2010 12:12:12 AM

descendencyCan someone please explain how this drive is competitive? It doesn't seem like it will be competitive in the average consumer market. Maybe with those IOPS it will be nice in other markets...

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Maybe if they priced the 64GB around $150 or less, but you can reliably get a much better spec'ed Indilinx-based drive for under $200. Everyone always keeps repeating "competition -> lower prices" but it really hasn't been happening with SSDs despite yet another "competitor" joining the fray pretty much every month...
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March 2, 2010 12:19:13 AM

I'm seeing the competition, but not the price decreases. Over $200 for a 64GB that gets such crappy read/writes? Why not just get any number of older, cheaper, faster drives by any number of manufacturers. My two OCZ Agility's come to mind- the write rate on those is faster than the read rate on this one.
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March 2, 2010 3:24:50 AM

Are they trying to recover their investment within a year? Just jumping into the market with poor spec at crazy high prices.
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March 2, 2010 5:00:30 AM

falchardThis seems sloooow and expensive. You can get Platter HDDs that perform better then these SSDs.


Definitely NOT. SSDs have Read/Writes in the hundreds of MB and latency in fractions of a millisecond. Even VelociRaptor drives have latencies of about 4 ms and Read/Writes that do not even come close to SSDs. Expensive? Yes. Slow? No.
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March 2, 2010 6:06:26 AM

I am talking about this ones read write. 130MB Read, 70MB write for as much as an Intel X25. SAS drives reach those Read/Write speeds.
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March 2, 2010 6:23:52 AM

I would just like to see a working TRIM system built into the drives hardware. As it stands "all" SSDs in Raid"any mode" do not work with trim with any OS.
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March 2, 2010 12:59:43 PM

This is still a lot of money. It already seems like we've been waiting a long time for price drops.

$400 for a 128Gb drive. I just spent $450 on an AMD 3.2Ghz dual core cpu, a 1Gb Radeon HD5750, four gigs of memory and Windows 7.

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March 2, 2010 1:42:57 PM

WOW, they are obviously not trying to break any price barriers!
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March 2, 2010 1:45:41 PM

Cool. If they make SSDs like they make Burners then I'll probably get one.
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March 2, 2010 4:52:02 PM

^ Except they're not 'making' anything in this drive other than the nice brushed aluminum casing with their company logo on it... and even then, that's probably outsourced too...
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March 2, 2010 6:30:25 PM

Well here's one tarnished brand. Not just because their RMA system is just as good as not having an RMA return at all (I returned a scsi cdrom once and they ship me one that obviously was abused, dropped in their factory although it did work with a large rattle whenever spinning a disc) but they also cheapened their SCSI devices by using plastic gears in place of metal and then went on to IDE and made it even worse. Good luck with SSD but I'd stick with Intel if I was in that boat. I wouldn't trust this brand, especially since they are an optical company not a semiconductor one.
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March 4, 2010 1:41:01 AM

Still too expensive for me. Hope prices come down and capacity goes way up.
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