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Super Talent Debuts UltraDrive SSDs

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Super Talent is stepping up its SSD game with the UltraDrive series.

With solid state drives (SSDs) constantly coming down in price and thus becoming more popular, the two primary concerns for many consumers are size and speed. Super Talent is certainly addressing the latter with its brand new line of UltraDrive SSDs.

The UltraDrive series has two different families of drives: UltraDrive ME (MLC) and UltraDrive LE (SLC). The ME drives offer read and write speeds of 200 MB/sec. and 150 MB/sec. If those numbers won't cut the mustard for you, the LE series bumps performance up a notch, with read and write speeds of 230-and-170 MB/sec., respectively. As for I/O performance, SuperTalent's internal numbers put sequential read and write IOPS for both the LE and ME families at over 16,000 IOPS and 13,000 IOPS. Random read and write IOPS are over 7500 and 6000 IOPS each. When compared to SuperTalent's older MasterDrive series, these new UltraDrives certainly have an advantage in performance. The UltraDrive ME series has a 17 percent boost in read speed and a 23 percent jump in write speeds when compared to MasterDrive PX SSDs.

While these new UltraDrives are the fastest SSDs Super Talent has to offer, are they at a price point that's acceptable for most consumers? Unfortunately, the 256 GB version of the UltraDrive ME is going for a staggering $645, and the 128 GB version is $379. Keep in mind that these are ME drives, which means a 128 GB UltraDrive LE will likely go for significantly more than $400. Compare that to a 300 GB Velociraptor from Western Digital that goes for $230, and which would you choose for your desktop? While there may not be any consumer 10,000 rpm drives for notebooks, spending $400 on a notebook SSD is a lofty expense.

All of the UltraDrive are in the 2.5-inch form factor, SATA II drives. The ME series comes in 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB flavors, and all four come with a two year warranty. The more premium LE drives come in 32, 64 and 128 GB sizes, and carry three years of coverage.

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    LoneEagle , March 20, 2009 12:01 AM
    Quote:
    the two primary concerns for many consumers are size and speed
    The main concern is the price for me and maybe for many people...
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    mrubermonkey , March 20, 2009 12:19 AM
    I will look into
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    Area51 , March 20, 2009 12:30 AM
    How about MTBF. I understand that the Intel SLC has 2BP random write life with their 64GB SLC and 200TB random write on their 160GB MLC. How about these guys?
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    Area51 , March 20, 2009 12:35 AM
    Area51How about MTBF. I understand that the Intel SLC has 2BP random write life with their 64GB SLC and 200TB random write on their 160GB MLC. How about these guys?


    Correction. The MLC has 40TB random write life
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    Anonymous , March 20, 2009 3:04 AM
    "Compare that to a 300 GB Velociraptor from Western Digital that goes for $230, and which would you choose for your desktop?"

    What an ignorant comment, read the anadtech SSD article and learn why you can't compare a velociraptor to an SSD. Its annoying enough when people say I can just raid 37 or these together and get the same performance for less cost, but tech writers should know better.
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    tayb , March 20, 2009 4:14 AM
    gjfgykj"Compare that to a 300 GB Velociraptor from Western Digital that goes for $230, and which would you choose for your desktop?"What an ignorant comment, read the anadtech SSD article and learn why you can't compare a velociraptor to an SSD. Its annoying enough when people say I can just raid 37 or these together and get the same performance for less cost, but tech writers should know better.


    Show me someone who would rather have a 128GB Solid State Drive instead of a 400GB WD Hard Drive and I'll show you someone with more money than brains.
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    jaragon13 , March 20, 2009 4:52 AM
    Instead of buying a 300Gb Western Digital Velociraptor, I'll stick with a RAID-0 Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB setup. Thank you.
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    bin1127 , March 20, 2009 11:56 AM
    i think they say size and speed cause price is relative to those aspects. we say it's expensive only cause the capacity is still too small. but speed wise there is no comparison with technology of the yesterold.
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    thomasxstewart , March 20, 2009 12:52 PM
    One Prob: Using SSD on Defective Controllers for SSD today, Means that when Mains finally appear that can do 200/Mb/s from low v. SSD, Your SSD will be 50% worn out(Known thru Standardized Testing of SSDs').


    Signed:p HYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.
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    Anonymous , March 20, 2009 4:54 PM
    "Show me someone who would rather have a 128GB Solid State Drive instead of a 400GB WD Hard Drive and I'll show you someone with more money than brains."

    Maybe someone who wants to have the SSD as their primary boot drive with windows and applications, and then have a 1TB WD caviar black for everything else? I'm guessing you've never booted a computer that has windows on a good SSD.
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    dark_lord69 , March 20, 2009 6:07 PM
    I would love to have an SSD but I won't buy one until I can get a 60GB for $100. It is comming close though. Just yesterday I saw an ad for a high preformance OCZ (Vertex) 32GB drive for $109!! Just a bit lower prices and I'm gonna buy one. But I will of couse keep my current spinning disk RAID 0 setup. For additional storage and of course booting ability.
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    P_haze420 , March 20, 2009 8:49 PM
    60gb sdd is nothing compare to 1tb harddrve. I could buy 100 dollars for 1tb hdd. I would choose that over ssd anyday till the price is drop and more memory. The only thing I'm afraid of is that it acts like flash drive, so you could lose your memory for no reason at all. I had a flash drive and all my work was in there, brought to work and it suddenly dissapear. All hard work went nothing, what a bad day for me.
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    subaqua , March 24, 2009 1:38 PM
    taybShow me someone who would rather have a 128GB Solid State Drive instead of a 400GB WD Hard Drive and I'll show you someone with more money than brains.


    Sure, if all you want is capacity, then it's actually better to buy a 1.5TB for $139.00 (9.2cents/GB). But, if I want value and low power for my IOPS, I'd rather buy an SSD. The 256GB version of this drive has a price of $645.00. That's a painful $2.50 / GB but only .05 to .10 cents per IOP (seq. vs. random write). Not bad at all. It would take many WD drives and lots of power to get these kinds of IOPS .... and most importantly, all those drives will not fit in my laptop :-)



    $2.50 / GB (ouch!)

    but:

    $0.50 / IOP (not too shabby)

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    dneonu , June 25, 2009 9:24 PM
    hdd or ssd? it's as simple as this. if maximum storage and bang for your
    buck is priority 1 go with hdd. if maximum computer performance is
    priority 1 then go with ssd. by going with the latter, is the only way
    your computer parts will ever be able to trully flex it's muscles
    because hdd's are too much of a bottleneck. when it comes to speed and
    performance hdd's with it's spinning mechanical platter will never be
    able to match sdd's all electronic design and the already big perform-
    ance advantage ssd's have over hdd's will only grow greater and
    greater and with ssd's prices dropping someday all computers will have
    ssd's with adequate storage. unfortunately that's still a few years
    away. a few years after that hdd's should become obsolete.
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    Anonymous , July 6, 2009 2:48 AM
    I have an intel ssd it smokes it flys it makes a scorpio black drive look like a snail. It costs a lot. It is small. You need an external. I have a seagate 1.5tb freeagent. super quiet mac mini setup. It is the best speed up mod possible for notebooks and many other computers. It is not good if you want a large capacity 1 piece notebook. The scorpio black 320gb 7200 hdd is best for a speed + storage 1 piece setup.