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SanDisk Intros Extreme and X100 Lines of SSDs

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SanDisk launched two lines of SSDs: the Extreme series and the X100 series.

On Tuesday SanDisk revealed two separate lines of solid state drives: the high-performance Extreme series for the retail channel and the X100 series for desktop and notebook manufacturers. The former series is available in 120 GB and 240 GB capacities, with a meatier 480 GB version hitting the market at a later date.

SanDisk claims that its Extreme line delivers up to 83,000 maximum random write IOPS and up to 44,000 maximum random read IOPS. It also provides sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 520 MB/s. SanDisk didn't specify a SATA interface, but it's presumably SATA 6 Gb/s. The SSD also reportedly consumes 30-percent less power, generates less noise, and generates less heat than an HDD, making it ideal for laptops.

The 120 GB and 240 GB versions are available now, costing $189.99 and $399.99 respectively. The 480 GB ($749.99) will launch at a later date.

As for the X100 series, SanDisk is now sampling the drive to PC manufacturers. It will connect via a SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and provide sequential read speeds up to 500 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 420 MB/s. Available capacities will be 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

"In addition to the standard 2.5 inch form factor (7-mm or 9.5-mm), the X100 SSD also comes in mSATA and customized thin form factors to address the emerging ultra-thin laptop market," the company said on Tuesday. "SanDisk offers a wide variety of configuration options, including standalone and dual drive caching solutions."

Tech specs reveal that the X110 series will have a typical active power consumption of 150mW (@ 3.3V) and a typical standby mode of 75mW (@ 3.3V). The drive's MTBF is up to 2 million hours, and the target platforms are ultrabooks, notebooks and desktops.

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    theuniquegamer , February 15, 2012 3:19 PM
    Good to be used in ultra books or tablets
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    theuniquegamer , February 15, 2012 3:21 PM
    And good price to performance ratio
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    DRosencraft , February 15, 2012 3:33 PM
    The price on the 120GB isn't that bad, but that price on the 480 is a bit steeper than I was expecting. Just goes to show pricing still has a ways to go until it flatens out. Still, can't complain too much about getting new products to market.
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    tntom , February 15, 2012 3:34 PM
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    The SSD also reportedly consumes 30-percent less power, generates less noise, and generates less heat than an HDD, making it ideal for laptops.


    Yes I hate them noisy SSDs they put in notebooks now. And they call them "extreme" so they must be really fast too.
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    memadmax , February 15, 2012 3:43 PM
    I wonder when we get to the point where main storage is just the same as RAM =P
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    jacobdrj , February 15, 2012 3:54 PM
    memadmaxI wonder when we get to the point where main storage is just the same as RAM =P

    Isolinear chips are coming...
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    loomis86 , February 15, 2012 3:57 PM
    memadmaxI wonder when we get to the point where main storage is just the same as RAM =P


    I wonder when we get to the point when both RAM and cache are integrated onto the CPU.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 4:04 PM
    Why is the 240GB version more per GB than the 120GB? The price per GB should decrease with increasing capacity.
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    drwho1 , February 15, 2012 4:07 PM
    I'm just waiting for the REAL Ultra-Super Xtreme edition with 1TB at StupidyFast Speed for $99 dollars.

    .... (unintelligible voice) ...
    Dr Who.... Wake Up!
    You are having a dream!
    .... (Dr Who)...
    ZZZzzzZZZzzz
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    alvine , February 15, 2012 5:03 PM
    memadmaxI wonder when we get to the point where main storage is just the same as RAM =P

    i dont want to loose my data every time i shut my pc off
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    wiyosaya , February 15, 2012 5:34 PM
    tntomYes I hate them noisy SSDs they put in notebooks now. And they call them "extreme" so they must be really fast too.

    I hate it, too, when articles state the obvious.
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    ProDigit10 , February 15, 2012 7:38 PM
    looks like a nintendo 8bit cartridge!
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    __-_-_-__ , February 15, 2012 9:52 PM
    samsung 830 is better and cheaper
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    nateO10 , February 16, 2012 2:03 AM
    another sandforce controller?!
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    juncture , February 16, 2012 3:30 AM
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    The SSD also reportedly consumes 30-percent less power...than an HDD

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    150mW (@ 3.3V) and a typical standby mode of 75mW (@ 3.3V)

    Those are some insanely low power consumption numbers. By comparison the OCZ Vertex 3 takes about 1.65W in idle and 3W active. I hope those numbers are really true! By checking specs on a WD Scorpio Blue 2.5" 320GB it appears on the site's spec sheet that on average power consumption for read/write is 2.5watts, .85 watts for idle and .2 watts for standby/sleep. Where does the 30% less power consumption number come from? It appears this SSD is vastly supperior in power consumption by a percentage in the hundreds. Please correct me if I'm wrong about this. I would love to know.
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    slabbo , February 16, 2012 8:24 PM
    prices still need to come way down. $1/GB is still really expensive. I'm not spending $1000 for a 1TB drive.