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SanDisk Intros SSD for Retail Consumers

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SanDisk is now offering its Ultra SSD to consumers through Newegg.

Previously SanDisk offered its Ultra SSD to the business sector, but on Tuesday the company revealed that it's now offering the drive to consumers. Unfortunately, it's not packed with the SandForce SF-2200 controller or a SATA 6 Gbps interface, so don't expect blazing fast speeds in the 500 MB/s realm. But considering its price, the Ultra SSD offers a cheap way to replace the standard HDD and boost performance without having to sell body parts on the black market.

"Replacing a computer's hard disk drive with the SanDisk Ultra SSD is more cost effective than buying a new PC," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Our new SSD delivers greater speed and reliability than a hard disk drive at an affordable price."

According to the specs, the 2.5-inch Ultra SSD features sustained sequential read speeds up to 280 MB/s and write speeds up to 270 MB/s. SanDisk claims that the 60 GB Ultra SSD can withstand at least 40 terabytes of data written to it over lifetime, while the 120 GB and 240 GB drives can withstand at least 80 terabytes and 120 terabytes of data written, respectively.

The SanDisk Ultra SSD is now available here in the States over on Newegg, costing $129.99 for the 60 GB model, $219.99 for the 120 GB model and a meatier $449.99 for the 240 GB model (although currently the 120 GB model is the only one listed). Additional retailers are expected to be revealed shortly.

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    kanaida , July 27, 2011 4:48 AM
    I'm personally gonna wait until SSD manufacturers stop ripping people off.
    There's no way it even costs close to that much to produce a few small chips, especially at 32nm and below.
    I'm gonna wait until it's about $100 for 100-120GB. They're really milking it this time.
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    alidan , July 27, 2011 3:51 AM
    seriously, we need a commercial psa for these companies.

    the ssds are fast enough. please bring the price down.
    (skinny a** malnutritioned kid) this poor kid has been waiting non stop for the price of ssds to fall to reasonable levels, he is on the verge of dieing he has waited so long, refusing to eat till it happens. (pan to the nearly dead dog) even his dog is suffering from this lack of food till ssds are reasonably priced.... please, r&d cheaper ssds, not faster... for this kid, and this dog.

    the whole time. play a song so depressing that you cant shed a tear if you have a soul.

    seriously, i would take a 50 read and write ssd, because for me, no seek is the best thing about it, the performance can be s*** as far as everything else, i just need the seek times.
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    Kamab , July 27, 2011 1:09 AM
    the 120gb model looks like its selling for 179.99$
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    j2j663 , July 27, 2011 1:16 AM
    Not so sure why this is big news. There are already quite a few SSD drive available and many are cheaper and faster than this one.
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    applegetsmelaid , July 27, 2011 1:52 AM
    I had to sell my little toe on the black market for my first SSD. Worth every penny.
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    JamesSneed , July 27, 2011 2:01 AM
    I’m not sure claiming they have the fastest SATA II SSD drive is all that impressive. There are faster SATA III drives that are backwards compatible with SATA II so the point falls a little short for me. Plus, why spend the cash on a SATA II SSD drive when you can get a SATA III drive for future upgrades.
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    hoofhearted , July 27, 2011 2:10 AM
    Oh great a scaled down version. Intel and Crucial have sata3.
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    leandrodafontoura , July 27, 2011 3:26 AM
    OCZ sells a 240GB for 360...
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    alidan , July 27, 2011 3:51 AM
    seriously, we need a commercial psa for these companies.

    the ssds are fast enough. please bring the price down.
    (skinny a** malnutritioned kid) this poor kid has been waiting non stop for the price of ssds to fall to reasonable levels, he is on the verge of dieing he has waited so long, refusing to eat till it happens. (pan to the nearly dead dog) even his dog is suffering from this lack of food till ssds are reasonably priced.... please, r&d cheaper ssds, not faster... for this kid, and this dog.

    the whole time. play a song so depressing that you cant shed a tear if you have a soul.

    seriously, i would take a 50 read and write ssd, because for me, no seek is the best thing about it, the performance can be s*** as far as everything else, i just need the seek times.
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    Judguh , July 27, 2011 3:55 AM
    Anything to help boost competition and possibly lower prices!
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    Marco925 , July 27, 2011 4:15 AM
    applegetsmelaidI had to sell my little toe on the black market for my first SSD. Worth every penny.

    I donated my body for science in taking experimental drugs for this!
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    henydiah , July 27, 2011 4:27 AM
    i want buy .. stil wait shipping
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    kanaida , July 27, 2011 4:48 AM
    I'm personally gonna wait until SSD manufacturers stop ripping people off.
    There's no way it even costs close to that much to produce a few small chips, especially at 32nm and below.
    I'm gonna wait until it's about $100 for 100-120GB. They're really milking it this time.
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    kanaida , July 27, 2011 4:49 AM
    Oh yeah, this is coming from someone already getting around 200MB Read/Write from a raid 10 array, 4 Samsung Spinpoint F3's SJ model. each less than $100 and a terabyte each.
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    alidan , July 27, 2011 5:09 AM
    kanaidaI'm personally gonna wait until SSD manufacturers stop ripping people off.There's no way it even costs close to that much to produce a few small chips, especially at 32nm and below.I'm gonna wait until it's about $100 for 100-120GB. They're really milking it this time.

    kanaidaOh yeah, this is coming from someone already getting around 200MB Read/Write from a raid 10 array, 4 Samsung Spinpoint F3's SJ model. each less than $100 and a terabyte each.


    yea, the no seek time would put that raid to shame though, but than again that is what, 2tb of storage with a backup for redundancy?

    2tb and a backup for lets say 400$, or 450$ for 240gb and no backup.

    realy for me an ssd needs to hit 1$ a gb before i but s***
    low performance ssds need to hit 25cents a gb before i buy them either
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    LuckyDucky7 , July 27, 2011 5:45 AM
    But really, who cares?

    For this to be frontpage-worthy it should have had SATA III and the speeds (500MB/s) to match.

    And the OCZ Solid 3, which can usually be found at around the same price point, stomps this drive into oblivion.
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    whysobluepandabear , July 27, 2011 9:24 AM
    Um, for $219~, the SanDisk gets RAPED by the M4.


    I'd only buy the drive if it was like $130-140 for 120GB. Otherwise, I'll get the M4 for around $200 and enjoy the better performance.


    And yeah, they really are milking the SSD markets - they need to mass produce and cut costs. Currently, most people do not own SSDs.
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    excelerater , July 27, 2011 10:50 AM
    in another year SSDs will be in the range of most HDs.........
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    vaughn2k , July 27, 2011 11:28 AM
    If no one buys it (for now), these companies will start lowering their price, until someone will start to buy...
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    jacobdrj , July 27, 2011 2:10 PM
    IIRC, the SATAIII SSD's may be backwards compatible, in that they function on SATAII ports, however, they seem to take a big performance hit, in excess of the SATAII specifications, because of the bandwidth cap playing havoc with the SSD's firmware.

    As an aside, where the H#*% has SanDisk been all these years? They used to be THE company for high performance flash memory for my camera and PMPs. What took them so long to get into the SSD market?
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    Ridik876 , July 27, 2011 4:52 PM
    "Replacing a computer's hard disk drive with the SanDisk Ultra SSD is more cost effective than buying a new PC."

    ...moron. Well I take it back...that may be something you have to explain to an Apple fanboy.
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    WyomingKnott , July 27, 2011 5:08 PM
    kanaidaI'm personally gonna wait until SSD manufacturers stop ripping people off.There's no way it even costs close to that much to produce a few small chips, especially at 32nm and below.I'm gonna wait until it's about $100 for 100-120GB. They're really milking it this time.

    Don't forget R&D costs, and making up the cost of building or re-equipping factories. The so-called "marginal cost" for producing one more unit is one of the least relevant measures for figuring cost or profit.
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