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Super Talent Shipping Dual-Interface SSD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

It's an SSD with mini-USB and SATA 3Gbps interfaces.

Thursday Super Talent said that it began shipments of its new dual-interface SSD, the UltraDrive MX. Packed with both an SATA 3Gbps and mini-USB connections, consumers can use the drive's USB connection to create a mirror image of an existing internal hard drive, then swap out the older drive and boot up with the new, faster SSD via the SATA 3Gbps interface.

"Most customers know that solid state disks offer superior performance, reliability and power savings, yet they have been unable to makes the switch," said Super Talent COO, CH Lee. "The dual-interface on the UltraDrive MX enables a convenient bridge solution during this critical transition period."

Arriving in a 2.5-inch form factor, the UltraDrive MX will offer capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB. Other features will include read speeds up to 250 MB/s and write speeds up to 180 MB/s thanks to the JMicron 616 controller, 64 MB internal cache and support for both GC (Garbage Collection) and TRIM.

"This UltraDrive MX drive is an important addition to Super Talent's SSD lineup," the company said. "The new UltraDrive MX represents a premium consumer offering and fits nicely between our Value Line and Enterprise SSD offerings."

Although pricing wasn't given, the 480 GB model will reportedly cost $1,159.99 USD.

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    rpmrush , November 19, 2010 9:39 PM
    I just wish it had a usb 3.0 interface. Much more useful.
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    nforce4max , November 19, 2010 9:40 PM
    It would be nice to have a SSD that added IDE support as well to be a true universal SSD for most consumers and businesses without the added cost. I already got one SSD and it has been good thus far.
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    burnley14 , November 19, 2010 9:44 PM
    Can't you just use Windows 7 system image to make a copy of your hard drive onto an external drive, then just restore your system onto the new SSD? Or am I totally off here.
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    house70 , November 19, 2010 9:45 PM
    Still more than 2 bucks/ GB. bummer...
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    JOSHSKORN , November 19, 2010 9:47 PM
    NEEDS USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps interfaces.
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    jimmysmitty , November 19, 2010 10:23 PM
    nforce4maxIt would be nice to have a SSD that added IDE support as well to be a true universal SSD for most consumers and businesses without the added cost. I already got one SSD and it has been good thus far.

    I don't think there is enough demand left for IDE. Most computers these days have SATA and even ones as old as 5 years ago do.

    Plus IDE is just a pain. Master/Slave and slower than SATA by a lot.

    But this is a great idea. It allows for a seamless HDD upgrade from HDD to SSD without having to reinstall Windows or your OS of choice.

    Now we just need SSDs to hit near current HDDs in $/GB and we will be all set.
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    applegetsmelaid , November 20, 2010 12:17 AM
    I think I won't get one.
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    dEAne , November 20, 2010 4:58 AM
    At cost $1,159.99 USD wow.
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    wotan31 , November 20, 2010 1:24 PM
    Do not want. Keep that USB crap away from my hard drives please. USB is simply too slow to be useful for hard drives. eSata and Firewire800 only please.
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    techcurious , November 20, 2010 11:20 PM
    Having the USB interface built into the drive would be useful to me to use this drive as an external, much like the SATA drive I already use in my eSATA/USB dual interface 2.5" enclosure. I get the eSATA speed on my PC and anywhere else it's available, and I have the USB to fall back on when there is no eSATA connection. But if I wanted to upgrade my laptap, I would rather get a regular SSD and a 2.5" USB enclosure than have the USB built into my new SSD drive. That way, after the upgrade/swap, my old drive can still be usefull in the enclosure.
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    K-zon , November 21, 2010 6:13 AM
    It probably wouldnt need usb 3.0 given maybe some configs or purposes of use having additional uses of access or connections. With one connection being used for one form of communication and another connection being used for another communitcation. If applied.
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    K-zon , November 21, 2010 6:14 AM
    house70Still more than 2 bucks/ GB. bummer...

    I dont know price comparisons for drives much anymore, but SSDs have went down in some price ranges for various reasons.
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    eddieroolz , November 22, 2010 5:57 AM
    This just might be the single most forgotten aspect of any drives. I'd love to have a USB port built right into the device in other brands as well.