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New, Faster SSDs From Crucial up to 256 GB

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Lexar announces new Crucial SSDs.

More and more SSDs are hitting the market, hopefully spurring competition and eventually leading to lower prices. The latest entry comes from Lexar, today announcing its fastest Crucial solid-state drive (SSD) products to date.

These line-topping new Crucial SSDs is led by the 256 GB MLC NAND Crucial M225 SSD which gives a 250 MB/sec. read speed and a 200 MB/sec. write speed.

“By upgrading their system with a solid-state drive, mobile computer users will enjoy a faster, more rugged system with storage built for mobility. The fact that SSDs don’t have any moving parts makes Crucial solid-state drives quieter, cooler, and more durable than traditional hard drives,” said Robert Wheadon, Lexar Media’s senior worldwide product marketing manager.

The new SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor, but those who wish to run them in a desktop can use the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit (sold separately), which includes a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, a 3.5-inch SATA 3Gb/sec. hot-swappable drive bay, and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket.

Capacities and prices of the new Crucial SSDs are: 64 GB (currently $169.99/£104.99/€120.99), 128 GB (currently $329.99/£201.99/€143.99), and 256 GB (currently $599.99/£367.99/€424.99).

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    mlcloud , July 20, 2009 9:05 PM
    $3:1GB? We're getting there.
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    cbigfoot , July 20, 2009 9:17 PM
    When we Hit $1.50-$2.00 per GB i will buy 2 256 to put in a raid 0 in my DELL M6400 Covet!
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2009 9:30 PM
    Chipset? These don't look like standard indilinx or samsung specs!
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    Wayoffbase , July 20, 2009 9:31 PM
    mlcloud$3:1GB? We're getting there.

    yep, the 64 and 128GB prices are just about in reach for the not-quiet-early-but-earlyish adopters :p 
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    jacobdrj , July 20, 2009 9:46 PM
    Golden number is 1:1
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    brendano257 , July 20, 2009 9:50 PM
    Hmmmmm I like the
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    belardo , July 20, 2009 10:06 PM
    if you want speed and performance... why RAID basic SSDs? Just get an SSD-PCIe card and you can reach data speeds of 1500.
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    Hovaucf , July 20, 2009 10:16 PM
    You also cant boot off of a PCIe-SSD at this time and the cost is absurd...
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    Wayoffbase , July 20, 2009 10:24 PM
    Belardoif you want speed and performance... why RAID basic SSDs? Just get an SSD-PCIe card and you can reach data speeds of 1500.

    hovaucfYou also cant boot off of a PCIe-SSD at this time and the cost is absurd...

    Which consumer pci-e ssds are actually on the market already? And you can't boot from the fusion-io drive but the others I have heard about work basically like a raid controller card with on board flash memory, so they are boot-able.
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    Hovaucf , July 20, 2009 10:29 PM
    I've read they're working on making them bootable but have not seen anywhere saying they're at this time, and plus I've read prices for these range between $1600-5000 US.
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    coopchennick , July 20, 2009 11:25 PM
    Haven't we learned by now that the sequential read/write speeds mean next to nothing?

    After reading this article, I know nothing about these drives other than pricing.
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    Robert17 , July 20, 2009 11:35 PM
    I'm about willing to take bets: when the gallium/arsenide CPUs hit the shelves along with the magnesium hydride nanocrystal SSDs, we'll see the current version of SSD being used for chucking at the neighbor's yowling cat at midnight. Or is it just me?
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    buzznut , July 20, 2009 11:54 PM
    That's what I'm wondering. They just made their other models obsolete, so Crucial will have to charge a lot less for the older drives if they want to sell them. But why buy those when new models seem to be coming out every month?

    I still don't see a compelling reason until they come down to something like the 1GB:$1 that was mentioned. I would buy 64GB for 64 bucks..IF it was significantly faster than my current drive.
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    hundredislandsboy , July 21, 2009 1:26 AM
    Bigger SSDs but also bigger prices!! The real news here is that the high premium is still unreasonable for most folks.
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 2:15 AM
    I just hoped they would also create a budget version for the netbook/notebook market!
    Being fast is great and all, but I'm still not willing to pay more than $100 for a drive.
    And preferably for a drive > 32, or even 64GB
    these specs are all very wonderful, but for the average joe that uses his laptop for connecting to the internet, watch some HD video, and play a game or two, power requirement matters more than lightning fast speeds.

    If Crucial would create a 64-80GB SSD, with a good controller, and say 120/80MB R/W speeds, in a very energy efficient drive with plenty of IOPS, for the price of $120 I'd be on my toes to buy it immediately!
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 2:17 AM
    hovaucfYou also cant boot off of a PCIe-SSD at this time and the cost is absurd...

    Asus EeePc does it!
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 2:22 AM
    CoopCHennickHaven't we learned by now that the sequential read/write speeds mean next to nothing?After reading this article, I know nothing about these drives other than pricing.

    They DO mean something, because most of the time, if you know it has a good controller, a +200MBs R/W MLC SSD can outperform a 60MBs R/W SLC SSD.
    IOPS increase also with sequential R/W, and Crucial is known for making reasonably good drives.
    The drive's sequencial speed together with the data that it's SATA3 compatible should tell you that it is 90% surely not equipped with a crappy controller neither!
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    KyleSTL , July 21, 2009 4:06 AM
    jacobdrjGolden number is 1:1

    That's about where spinning disks were in ~2002 if my memory serves me well.
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    anamaniac , July 21, 2009 6:17 AM
    The price is almost bearable, can't wait to see one in my next computer.

    =D
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    doomtomb , July 21, 2009 6:46 AM
    jacobdrjGolden number is 1:1

    ditto
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