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Super Talent Also Releasing Dual Interface SSD

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The UltraDrive MX 2.5-inch SSD also provides a dual interface.

Last week we reported that ADATA Technology's S596 Turbo SSD would offer two interfaces when it hits the market--SATA II and mini-USB. This design allows the consumer to use the SSD as an external storage device or as an internal HDD replacement. It's also a good way to shift a system from HDD to SSD, allowing the user to move the disk image from the HDD to the SSD via a USB port, and then remove the HDD and boot up the rig via SSD, system intact.

Now Super Talent follows up with its own dual-interface 2.5-inch SSD with the announcement of a new line in its UltraDrive series, the UltraDrive MX. As with ADATA's solution, the UltraDrive MX provides both an SATA II and mini-USB connection. It also uses the JMicron JMF616 controller, delivering read speeds up to 250MB/s and write speeds up to 180MB/s. Additional highlights include support for the latest GC and Trim features.

“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, C.H. Lee. "The dual-interface on the UltraDrive MX enables a convenient bridge solution during this critical transition period."

The company said that the UltraDrive MX will come in four flavors: 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The SSDs are expected to ship on September 1, however pricing was not provided.

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    husker , July 29, 2010 12:28 AM
    Wouldn't having 2 interfaces make the unit more expensive? Seems like that is moving in the wrong direction.
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    mp562 , July 29, 2010 12:32 AM
    It might make it a little more expensive, but it's kinda cool to have the option when you need it in a bind.
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    snotling , July 29, 2010 1:07 AM
    huskerWouldn't having 2 interfaces make the unit more expensive? Seems like that is moving in the wrong direction.

    USB is dirt cheap, you know about USB flash drives right?
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    phatboe , July 29, 2010 1:17 AM
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    It's also a good way to shift a system from HDD to SSD, allowing the user to move the disk image from the HDD to the SSD via a USB port, and then remove the HDD and boot up the rig via SSD, system intact.
    I am confused here, can't you do that over a SATA interface? How does this change anything?
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    jamoise , July 29, 2010 1:30 AM
    phatboeI am confused here, can't you do that over a SATA interface? How does this change anything?


    say if you have a laptop, and you want to change it to an SSD, and it only has one bay for a hdd inside the laptop, it makes it more convenient to just plug the ssd into your usb and ghost your data to the ssd, then remove the old hdd and install the SSD, especially if said person only has the laptop.
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    drwho1 , July 29, 2010 2:01 AM
    pricing will be way overpriced, I wait until price/size ratio can compare to today's
    hard drives.
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    dEAne , July 29, 2010 6:28 AM
    It is still expensive NOT a GOOD product to buy.
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    back_by_demand , July 29, 2010 10:06 AM
    USB 3.0 I assume? If not then why?
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    teodoreh , July 29, 2010 10:52 AM
    back_by_demandUSB 3.0 I assume? If not then why?


    100% agree, why spending hundreds of $/€ for a 250MB/s capable device that will get a huge bottleneck around 38MB/s??
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    huron , July 29, 2010 12:45 PM
    back_by_demandUSB 3.0 I assume? If not then why?


    I am confused as well.

    I understand the want for USB2, but isn't USB3 backwards compatible. I keep thinking if I was going to spend this much, it would be awesome to have both of those.
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    back_by_demand , July 29, 2010 1:11 PM
    huronI am confused as well.I understand the want for USB2, but isn't USB3 backwards compatible. I keep thinking if I was going to spend this much, it would be awesome to have both of those.

    Not very difficult to understand really is it?
    If you have a drive that can bosh out 250Mb/s transfer rate, then if you have USB 2.0 it will have a severe bottleneck, USB 3.0 will at least allow transfer at speeds not far away from SATA.

    It doesn't state anywhere above, or on the press release if it is USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 so a perfectly valid question...
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    g00ey , July 29, 2010 2:23 PM
    I stopped reading at JMicron.
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    Dkz , July 29, 2010 2:39 PM
    That's bullsh!t. The ones who didn't change to SDD is because the cost in it.. Plus the technology is still too fresh to jump right into it. Give me a reasonable price and then we will see some change.
    And if you tell me that the price is all about performance, then I tell you this, "call me when you get 320Gb SSD for $50"
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    cknobman , July 29, 2010 2:57 PM
    I was all like "This is sweet" and then I read the word "JMicron" and then I was all like "Damn!".
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    zaznet , July 29, 2010 3:35 PM
    drwho1pricing will be way overpriced, I wait until price/size ratio can compare to today'shard drives.


    I'm wanting price to capacity in line with the flash drives. The cost to produce the device isn't significantly higher. We are paying a premium for Sata or making it internal.

    Competition is increasing rapidly and prices are dropping.
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    halcyon , July 29, 2010 4:40 PM
    ...any why is this news?
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    zaznet , July 29, 2010 5:41 PM
    halcyon...any why is this news?


    Because Tom's Hardware reports a lot of SSD releases. It's a topic many of the readers are interested in, even if the news isn't anything too much more innovative than the last bit.
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    halcyon , July 29, 2010 5:49 PM
    Yeah, but SSDs with dual interfaces USB and SATA is not a new or innovative topic...why treat it as such?
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    jimmysmitty , July 29, 2010 8:12 PM
    drwho1pricing will be way overpriced, I wait until price/size ratio can compare to today'shard drives.


    I am waiting for Intels 25nm SSDs. They say its supposed to increase the drive size, performance while reducing price and power consumption.

    That I am all for.
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    K-zon , July 31, 2010 3:46 AM
    Sweet, should give SSDs some better performance and "solidarity" values.