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Samsung Targets SSD for Gamers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 106 comments

Samsung is targeting PC gamers with its ultra-cool 256 GB SSD.

Samsung revealed today that it is kicking off a new campaign by targeting the PC gaming industry with its high-performance 256 GB solid state drives (SSD). The company hopes to capture gamers with the "lightning-fast processing power" offered by it SSDs, providing superior performance over traditional hard disk drives, and longer battery power for the notebook gamer.

The 256 GB drives--now available for desktops and notebooks--went into mass production back in November 2008, boasting sequential read rates of 220 MB/sec., sequential write rates of 200 MB/sec., and erase cycles of 100 GB per minute. The SSDs also consume 1.1 watts of power.

"In addition to processing power, advanced graphic cards and high-resolution monitors, gamers want a fast storage drive for reduced loading times and faster game performance," said Jim Elliott, vice president of memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "Our 256 GB SSD provides much better overall performance than conventional HDDs, as well as longer battery life for the notebook gamer. Clearly, all PC gamers will benefit from the blistering speeds and dazzling photorealism enabled by the Samsung 256GB SSD."

In addition to its new focus, Samsung pointed to two videos posted over on YouTube showing the benefits of SSDs in a gaming environment: "Are SSDs Good for Gaming?" and "Samsung SSD Awesomeness." Samsung also plans to demonstrate its 256 SSDs in action at the World Cyber Games event taking place September 25 - 27.

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    laytons , August 13, 2009 12:44 AM
    xavier_23........your a freaking idiot.
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    Kaiser_25 , August 12, 2009 11:38 PM
    Sounds like they might rival Intel drives...but how will their price be? It will be nice to see price, and speed side by side...maybe Toms will do a compare article...?
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    rooseveltdon , August 13, 2009 12:17 AM
    yeah but...would it load crysis 2 when it does come out?
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  • 16 Hide
    Kaiser_25 , August 12, 2009 11:38 PM
    Sounds like they might rival Intel drives...but how will their price be? It will be nice to see price, and speed side by side...maybe Toms will do a compare article...?
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    Gin Fushicho , August 13, 2009 12:10 AM
    Ooooooooo. I'd lie to see an article comparing this with the Best when it comes out. That would be awesome Tom's.
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    rooseveltdon , August 13, 2009 12:17 AM
    yeah but...would it load crysis 2 when it does come out?
  • 18 Hide
    laytons , August 13, 2009 12:44 AM
    xavier_23........your a freaking idiot.
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    wesleywatson , August 13, 2009 1:00 AM
    So, this SSD targeting gamers is exactly like all other SSDs that don't target gamers. Should be nice reads and writes, but I don't see how they made this different from all the other fast SSDs out there.
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    scook9 , August 13, 2009 1:09 AM
    this is the same as the corsair P256 and the Dell branded ssd's that come in their notebooks. It is an outstanding SSD. And Dell sells them for $480 (for the 256GB which is AMAZING)
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    simplyderp , August 13, 2009 1:14 AM
    Xaviar, that's because console games are PC games with low/medium settings and no AA!

    I'm still trying to notice a difference between my raid 0 1.28TB WD Caviar Black and 30GB OCZ Vertex in everyday computing/gaming. I think I'll wait a couple of years to invest in another SSD...

    "SSD for gamers" is synonymous to "AMD dragon platform". It's just another marketing strategy to target uninformed consumers. I'll pass, thanks.
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    Mr_Man , August 13, 2009 1:40 AM
    It's good to see them marketing something for gamers that isn't just about frame rates and bling. Load times and boot times are important to make PC's rival consoles.
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    omnimodis78 , August 13, 2009 3:04 AM
    kami3kUm what? Are you retarded by any chance?

    kami3k i'm not sure if you're putting down his writing or the content of his writing, but either way you are one ignorant person! How many languages can you communicate in? Yeah....that's what i thought.... stfu!
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    AdamB5000 , August 13, 2009 3:29 AM
    A SSD for gamers is a SSD priced at
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    Blessedman , August 13, 2009 3:37 AM
    dazzling photorealism enabled by the Samsung 256GB SSD.

    huh?
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    deltatux , August 13, 2009 3:54 AM
    Until they drop it to CAD$150 at the very least, I won't be touching an SSD. The performance for me doesn't justify the skyrocket price.
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    amnotanoobie , August 13, 2009 4:56 AM
    xavier_23Go buy Ssd with 300 mb speed to play Mahjong, and next month the hdd is already old.


    But it'd still load around 3x faster than any console today.
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    anamaniac , August 13, 2009 5:31 AM
    Nice.
    Buying a new lappy, and I would love to have this in there. To bad I'm already over budget with it...

    xavier_23Gaming on pc? Like Diablo 3 in 2011 on 6 core and dx 11? Cmon, i stick with consoles this era. The golden age is no more on today pc. Welcome to the big UPUPUPgrade, i hate it. Go buy Ssd with 300 mb speed to play Mahjong, and next month the hdd is already old. The hell, all the rig is getting old....the ps2 has 10 years and yet are games for him.


    Many of us like it like that.
    The thought that there is always something new and better to look forward to.
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    Ridik876 , August 13, 2009 7:35 AM
    "...dazzling photorealism enabled by the Samsung 256GB SSD"
    Really Samsung? Forget upgrading my Radeon X800 Pro and 17" CRT...I'm getting an SSD!!!!
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    back_by_demand , August 13, 2009 7:42 AM
    deltatuxUntil they drop it to CAD$150 at the very least, I won't be touching an SSD. The performance for me doesn't justify the skyrocket price.


    Totally agree with this, I have posted in other SSD stories and been beaten down by the SSD zealots. I think the idea of an SSD is great, but when I have a basic installation of my programs of around 110Gb, then have to add games on top, that's pushing a serious amount of storage.

    "Why dont you install games and your Virtual XP image on another HDD?"

    Duh, doesn't the Virtual XP need to run faster too? Don't games need to load faster? Of course they do, having a piddly 30Gb or 60Gb SSD isn't going to cut it. The reason why this story is targeting gamers is not because it is just an SSD, but that they know gamers have huge installations and 256Gb is going to be just about sufficient for the high capacity demands of games.
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    justcallmeben , August 13, 2009 9:10 AM
    xavier_23....the ps2 has 10 years and yet are games for him.

    yep, and graphics and specs stayed the same for 10 years... Have fun with your year2000 draphics, I'll go play Crysis on my 700$ PC now, a game even the PS3 can run decently btw ;) 
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    xavier_23 , August 13, 2009 9:35 AM
    Upgrade your life, the new dx 11 is here, and what games are for it? A yes, not a single one, at most Grid 2 or some other shooter will be.No thanks. I am curios about Ps4, not Sli or Fps testing.
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    back_by_demand , August 13, 2009 9:55 AM
    Dude! Back to the story? This is about SSD's, not a pissing contest between console and PC gaming. End of story, PCs are better at gaming than consoles, cosoles are cheaper than PCs. Get over it.

    When the next generation of consoles come out they will have SSD's as well so try not to diss the tech too much.
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