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Mach Xtreme Tech's 1.8'' SDDs Mirror NES Carts

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Mach Xtreme Tech has unleashed a new series of 1.8-inch SSDs for PATA interfaces.

Monday Mach Xtreme Technology unveiled its new 1.8-inch MX-NANO series of PATA SSDs for notebooks with 50-pin, 44-pin, and ZIF PATA interface. The MX-NANO line also resembles old NES cartridges, a bonus for old-school gamers who cant get enough of 8-bit nostalgia.

According to the company, the MX-NANO series offer maximum reads speeds of up to 120 MB/s, write speeds of up to 90 MB/s, a maximum of 5,200 IOPS, and a lifespan of around 1 million hours MTBF. As for storage capacities, all three versions provide 30 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB. The drives also come with a 1 Year Warranty.

"Combined with industry’s leading 256MB cache memory and ultra-fast access times, these new SSDs deliver double or even triple the performance of the default hard drives in most current notebooks, resulting in substantially faster boot-up, application load and shutdown speeds," the company said. "It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to upgrade dozens of different notebooks and UMPCs to higher performance and more local storage."

At this point, pricing and availability is unknown, however the company's website indicates that consumers can purchase the drives in Los Angeles and New York.

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    idisarmu , May 18, 2010 10:42 PM
    I would buy the 240gb version if it was $100 and not a penny more.
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    ubernoobie , May 19, 2010 12:18 AM
    looks good for the specs as it is pata and not sata
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    Gin Fushicho , May 19, 2010 5:04 AM
    Why are they making these for the old ribbon cables? I can't see anyone gaining any speed, I don't get it.
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    nawat , May 19, 2010 1:16 PM
    Gin FushichoWhy are they making these for the old ribbon cables? I can't see anyone gaining any speed, I don't get it.

    Traditional 1.8" hard drives are very slow. I'm using a VAIO TZ series and it's running on a 1.8" drive just like on the iPod classic and is extremely slow. Given the prize is not too expensive, this would be a very good upgrade for my laptop.
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    borisof007 , May 19, 2010 4:38 PM
    nawatI'm using a VAIO TZ series and it's running on a 1.8" drive just like on the iPod classic and is extremely slow.

    I weep for you.
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    Thunderfox , May 19, 2010 6:52 PM
    Uh, that really doesn't resemble an NES cart at all. Maybe a bit like a gameboy cart.
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    tahrey , May 20, 2010 9:35 AM
    Hmm... might be worth a bit of an investment to keep my old HP TC4200 running in a contemporary fashion a while longer, vs the cost of upgrading both the spinning (2.5") hard disk and the RAM. CPU + Gfx are fine in it, but disk access is getting a bit oldskool.

    Nawat: not all of us feel a burning need to stay on the bleeding edge at all times. It's expensive and often unneccessary. My laptop is 4 years old and works just fine, except for modern software starting to load the disk a little heavily.