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New OWC SSDs Do 285 MB/s Sustained

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Four new Sandforce-tainted SSDs have sustained rates up to 285 MB/s.

OWC (aka Other World Computing) said that it added four new "prosumer" SSDs to its Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line. The drives will come in four capacities--60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB. They also promise sustained read rates up to 285 MB/s with no speed degradation thanks to the tasty SandForce processor, write speeds of up to 275 MB/s, and sustained random 4KB write performance of 10,000 IOPS (with a burst of up to 30,000 IOPS).

The drives also feature a 7-percent over-provisioning to ensure a high level of data reliability. OWC said that SandForce DuraClass with ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies eliminate the reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long-term usage of the drive without the need for depending on external TRIM management.

"Utilizing SandForce DuraClass technology, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD is able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives," the company said. "By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD provides RAID like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity."

Although the drives aren't on the market just yet, consumers can head here to pre-order. Unfortunately, the SSDs aren't cheap, ranging from a meaty $219.99 for the 60 GB version to a crazy $1,579.99 for the 480 GB model. Although OWC didn't specify, the new small form factor SSDs are built for laptops, however the company also offers a separate adapter for desktop use.

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    HansVonOhain , May 12, 2010 11:30 PM
    Competitor of Intel. Hoping it will drive prices down. Fingers crossed.
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    tipoo , May 13, 2010 12:13 AM
    The amazing thing here is that a startup company (Sandforce) is the ONLY one to be able to make a controller that even comes close to the Intel one. I love it when startups shake shit up.
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    tipoo , May 13, 2010 1:24 AM
    mlcloudImagine if you gave the people with the creative minds at Sandforce the workforce and R&D budget of Intel....



    nerdgasm
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  • 21 Hide
    HansVonOhain , May 12, 2010 11:30 PM
    Competitor of Intel. Hoping it will drive prices down. Fingers crossed.
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    foscooter , May 12, 2010 11:35 PM
    I've read about this new SandForce controller..good things to come! But for $220 for 60GB, Intel X25-M 80Gb are $229. How bad do you want it??? I'm gonna wait until Gen 3 comes out from Intel!

    P.S. Is that close to SATA II bandwidth of 3.0Gbps. I don't want to do the math....285MBps = 2,280Mbps = 2.23Gpbs < 3.0Gbps SATA II...Am I right? I'll settle for close.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , May 12, 2010 11:38 PM
    and by time i can afford a good sized one... maybe sustained 500mb/s ?
    the longer i hold out the better
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    Duesouth , May 12, 2010 11:41 PM
    wait a few years an it will be the standards for computers to have SSD and the rest will just be slowly eliminated from the market.

    remember the very first drive being 5.25 for the computer in 1988 and cost 4000.00 for a 100 meg hard drive. good old brick drive.

    Hard drive market will only advances in technology mechanical drives to non movement drives. hence Solid State Drives. anyways that is my 2 cents on it.
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    micky_lund , May 13, 2010 12:04 AM
    prices have to go down now that intel has a large competitor
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    tipoo , May 13, 2010 12:13 AM
    The amazing thing here is that a startup company (Sandforce) is the ONLY one to be able to make a controller that even comes close to the Intel one. I love it when startups shake shit up.
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    tipoo , May 13, 2010 12:15 AM
    foscooterP.S. Is that close to SATA II bandwidth of 3.0Gbps. I don't want to do the math....285MBps = 2,280Mbps = 2.23Gpbs < 3.0Gbps SATA II...Am I right? I'll settle for close.


    Yup, the SATA II speed limit has been hit by SSD's already. Keep in mind there is some overhead, so I doubt drives will ever go over 285MB/s on SATA II. Bring on SATA III!


    Heck, as fast as their performance shot up, even SATA III will be saturated by SSD's soon.
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    mlcloud , May 13, 2010 12:58 AM
    tipooThe amazing thing here is that a startup company (Sandforce) is the ONLY one to be able to make a controller that even comes close to the Intel one. I love it when startups shake shit up.


    Always best to look at stuff outside the box. Imagine if you gave the people with the creative minds at Sandforce the workforce and R&D budget of Intel....
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    tipoo , May 13, 2010 1:24 AM
    mlcloudImagine if you gave the people with the creative minds at Sandforce the workforce and R&D budget of Intel....



    nerdgasm
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    twisted politiks , May 13, 2010 2:04 AM
    tipooYup, the SATA II speed limit has been hit by SSD's already. Keep in mind there is some overhead, so I doubt drives will ever go over 285MB/s on SATA II. Bring on SATA III! Heck, as fast as their performance shot up, even SATA III will be saturated by SSD's soon.


    lol forget SATA III, bring on Intel's Light Peak :D 
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    spoofedpacket , May 13, 2010 2:38 AM
    mlcloudAlways best to look at stuff outside the box. Imagine if you gave the people with the creative minds at Sandforce the workforce and R&D budget of Intel....


    I would be willing to bet they would become Intel. I know what you are driving at, but once that level of money is in the game, it changes. That's why there are no 'cool' mega-companies.
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    stopthe_bomb , May 13, 2010 2:39 AM
    twisted politikslol forget SATA III, bring on Intel's Light Peak


    Give me light peak with an integrated power source (like USB) and I'll forgive Intel for being evil for a little bit :) 
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    mouettus , May 13, 2010 2:39 AM
    At last some decent sized HDD's so we can start about storing some media! I've been running a RAID1 + 2 external HDD's for years in fear of losing data.
    50 years ago, we figured ourselves living in space today but no... we're still stressing about losing data over HDD's!
    Rise SSD's, RISE!!!
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2010 3:24 AM
    Price is OW-CH.
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    kronos_cornelius , May 13, 2010 3:30 AM
    oxxfatelostxxoand by time i can afford a good sized one... maybe sustained 500mb/s ?the longer i hold out the better

    Don't hold out, buy an SSD NOW!. I got a 30GB a few months ago, an it is super fast even though it is not top of the line. Ubuntu fits in 15GB with space to spare, Win7 wants 20GB but 15GB is enough if you go to the trouble of updating the registry so that users and temporary files, and programs are stored somewhere else (HDD). But the difference is so noticeable is like going from SD tv to HD. When I have to use computers from other people or my older computers, I get impatient quicker because I have gotten use to the SSD's speed. So, don't wait, get a small one today, and two years from now you can get the 500GB one that will fill most of your important documents.
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    thejerk , May 13, 2010 3:37 AM
    kronos_corneliusDon't hold out, buy an SSD NOW!. I got a 30GB a few months ago, an it is super fast even though it is not top of the line. Ubuntu fits in 15GB with space to spare, Win7 wants 20GB but 15GB is enough if you go to the trouble of updating the registry so that users and temporary files, and programs are stored somewhere else (HDD). But the difference is so noticeable is like going from SD tv to HD. When I have to use computers from other people or my older computers, I get impatient quicker because I have gotten use to the SSD's speed. So, don't wait, get a small one today, and two years from now you can get the 500GB one that will fill most of your important documents.



    Seriously the best $90 I've spent in years on computer parts. It's only 30GB, but I don't store any large files on this laptop. It added one hour to the battery life.

    My Windows 7 install only consumes 6.2GB... of course I don't run a swap file or use System Restore, and I uninstall the Windows games and tablet components.
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    tainted_peak , May 13, 2010 3:59 AM
    Can't wait till these things are less than $2/ GB. Just think though the performance per dollar now. A year from now these things are going to be a standard and twice if now three times as fast and prices will be dirt cheap, all they have to go is penetrate the everyday consumer market......
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    FloKid , May 13, 2010 4:33 AM
    I'll buy a 500GB one, but not for 1.5K maybe for 200.
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    anamaniac , May 13, 2010 6:12 AM
    Can we get better sizing?
    Choose a standard of 50, 100, 250, 500 gigabytes etc. or use 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 gibibytes.

    Prehtty sweet though. I'm considering a 17" Sager, and I just may go for a 60GB boot drive and 500GB storage drive after all.
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    agnickolov , May 13, 2010 6:28 AM
    foscooterI've read about this new SandForce controller..good things to come! But for $220 for 60GB, Intel X25-M 80Gb are $229. How bad do you want it??? I'm gonna wait until Gen 3 comes out from Intel!P.S. Is that close to SATA II bandwidth of 3.0Gbps. I don't want to do the math....285MBps = 2,280Mbps = 2.23Gpbs < 3.0Gbps SATA II...Am I right? I'll settle for close.


    No, you are off. SATA uses 10 bit per byte due to protocol overhead. So 3 Gbps of protocol data translates into 300 MBps of user data. That's the theoretical maximum throughput of SATA II. So yes - this drive is pretty close to the theoretical maximum. That's why we have SATA 3 now...
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