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Super Talent 2 TB SSDs Coming Next Month

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Super Talent is shipping its PCIe-based SSDs next month, including the 2 TB Gamer version.

Super Talent Technology said earlier today that it's shipping its PCI Express RAIDDrive SSDs in early October. The company chose to use the PCIe Gen. 2.0 x8 interface in order to take advantage of the PCIe's heavy-duty pipeline, providing more than ten times more bandwidth than the SATA-II 3 Gbps bus (and five times more than the upcoming SATA-III bus apparently).

According to the company, the SSDs will come in three flavors: Enterprise, Workstation, and Gamers. All three use Super Talent's super patent pending RAID architecture optimized for NAND flash memory, and offer sequential read speeds of up to 1.4 GB/sec and sequential write speeds up to 1.2 GB/sec. Both the Enterprise and Workstation models feature storage space of up to 1 TB, however the company showed true love for PC gamers, throwing in a hefty 2 TB capacity.

“RAIDDrive SSDs are a quantum leap ahead of existing SSDs in sequential transfer speeds due to our RAID architecture combined with the latest in flash technology and the bandwidth of the PCI Express interface," Super Talent COO, CH Lee said. "RAIDDrive shatters previous storage system bottlenecks and sets a new standard in performance."

Super Talent also said that the OEM pricing for the 1 TB Gamers version will cost a face-slapping $4999. Interested consumers can check out the SSDs during the Intel Developer Forum next week. The RAIDDrive SSDs will be available to OEMs and system integrators next month.

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    tsiberious , September 16, 2009 11:53 PM
    Call me when it's $300, until then a couple WD Caviar green drives and a Velociraptor are good enough for me.
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    ubernoobie , September 16, 2009 11:45 PM
    wow $4999 for a tb of storage in a ssd for gamers?what?I thought most gamers don't spend over 1500 dollars on a rig
  • 24 Hide
    dingumf , September 17, 2009 12:28 AM
    face-slapping $4999

    *slaps face*
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  • 24 Hide
    ubernoobie , September 16, 2009 11:45 PM
    wow $4999 for a tb of storage in a ssd for gamers?what?I thought most gamers don't spend over 1500 dollars on a rig
  • 28 Hide
    tsiberious , September 16, 2009 11:53 PM
    Call me when it's $300, until then a couple WD Caviar green drives and a Velociraptor are good enough for me.
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    brendano257 , September 16, 2009 11:56 PM
    $5000, an arm, leg, three pay checks and a months worth of food. Awesome, I'll plan my fasting so I can get my new SSD.....when will we finally see acceptable storage, SSD, and reasonable price in the same sentence, when you get that, I'm all ears.
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    Homeboy2 , September 17, 2009 12:03 AM
    duh, this isn't a home pc product
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    SlyMaelstrom , September 17, 2009 12:15 AM
    Homeboy2duh, this isn't a home pc product

    I'm pretty sure the "Gamer" version that costs $5000 is a home product. There isn't really a huge pro-gamer market out there. I don't see much sense in having these in anything but an enterprise server... the through-put is just extreme overkill for any small amount of users, let alone just one.
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    cybrcatter , September 17, 2009 12:27 AM
    There were times when 1GB HDDs cost several thousand dollars.
    Step 1: Mass production.
    Step 2: Significant market penetration
    Step 3: Intense competition
    Step 4: Drop one of these babies in my rig.

    Remember how much LCD TVs were just 3 years ago?
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    dingumf , September 17, 2009 12:28 AM
    face-slapping $4999

    *slaps face*
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    HibyPrime , September 17, 2009 12:46 AM
    I'd be interested to see this up against $5000 worth of regular 2.5" SSDs and a PCIe controller.

    I'm gunna bet on the DIY winning, as usual...
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2009 1:01 AM
    Good Lord!

    I'd love to get my hands on a 2 TB model, but sadly, even the 1 TB model is beyond my reach. :( 

    But even worse is I know of a large group of people nearby who wouldn't think twice of "Asking Daddy" for the money to buy one of these SSD drives. A nearby college where rich people from all over the world send their kids. These kids don't think twice about throwing expensive stuff out when simple things go wrong instead of getting them fixed. Or when they leave for summer vacation, they just give stuff away and buy new stuff when they get back.

    Not all are like this, but enough of them are.
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    ElectroGoofy , September 17, 2009 1:46 AM
    Hmm.... wonder what the 2TB version will cost? Probably $7,500-$10,000? Would about have to put a mortgage on a house to afford that.
  • 16 Hide
    mrhappy50 , September 17, 2009 1:48 AM
    But the real question is can it BOOT??
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    coopchennick , September 17, 2009 2:09 AM
    And how are the random writes?
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    razor512 , September 17, 2009 2:12 AM
    they should interview the maker of the product and the moment they mention the price, slap them as fast as you can and sit back down and act like nothing happened, and say something like "sorry about that, what were we talking about again,... oh yea pricing, what was the price for the product?"

    then if they try to say the price of 4999 again, slap them again, then say "oops sorry, I thought you said $4999"

    the maker of the product will then finally say "sorry, you must have been mistaken, I said the product will be selling for $49.99"

    then the entire tech community will thank you
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    rexter , September 17, 2009 2:22 AM
    As of this time, who buy this unit:
    People who need it and have money to spend.
    People who want it and do whatever to find a way to get it.
    People who has money and not affriad to spent it.


    Who can't:
    Me, the bum down the street and millions of others.

    Maybe after 15 year I'd be able to afford this on my Intel Hextium Processor. :) 
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    Master Exon , September 17, 2009 2:22 AM
    I just want affordable 80GB...
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    eklipz330 , September 17, 2009 2:26 AM
    dingumfface-slapping $4999*slaps face*


    i imagine Macaulay Culkin
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    gekko668 , September 17, 2009 2:42 AM
    with that much money I rather buy several intel ssd and raid them together.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2009 2:48 AM
    Supertalent is known for one of the first companies bringing SSD drives at affordable prices.
    The problem is that those drives where so slow, that they had more returns, then sales of their drives.

    I hope these drive are a little better then their first MLC drives.
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    socrates047 , September 17, 2009 3:12 AM
    just like every other technology this is going to become affordable and ubiquitous at some point, How long is that going to take? I don't know I am not Psychic man!
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    enyceckk101 , September 17, 2009 3:39 AM
    Thats good ! If 2tb comes out, all the other ssd ( 32gb 64gb etc .. ) will all cost 50$ a pop ! finally ?
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