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Plextor Jumps Into SSD Fray With 64GB, 128GB

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The premium optical drive maker gets into the solid state market.

Plextor, the famed maker of optical drives earlier this year announced that it will be jumping into solid-state drives (SSDs). Today the company announced the release of its first line of SSDs, the PX-64M1S (64GB) and the PX-128M1S (128GB).

The company's first generation of SSDs use Marvell controller chipsets, which will help the 64GB version deliver up to 110MB/s sequential read, 65MB/s in sequential write, and up to 4,200 random read IOPS and 1,200 random write IOPS. The 128GB version will run a little faster and deliver up to 130MB/s sequential read, 70MB/s sequential write, and up to 4,300 random read IOPS and 1,800 random write IOPS.

Plextor boasts that its SSDs will be equipped with a unique Wear Leveling algorithm that the company claims can prevent degradation of drive performance and prolong product life. The initial press info did not specify whether or not the drives support the TRIM command for Windows 7 users.

Both models are available now, with MSRP around $225 for 64GB and $400 for 128GB. 

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    kresso , March 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    grieveI saw a vid about this on youtube earlier, its cool!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

    BLAST YOU!!! How dumb can I be?
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    1) All these companies jumping in to the SSD party means that the SSD market must be ridiculously lucrative, so those $3-$4+ per GB figures we are paying must be truly outrageous. I wonder what the margins are on the drives.

    2) I'm glad that all these companies are jumping in because it will accelerate the price drops.
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    grieve , March 1, 2010 9:47 PM
    I saw a vid about this on youtube earlier, its cool!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0
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    shadow187 , March 1, 2010 9:52 PM
    Mayhaps competition among SSD makers will drop price?

    (One can hope, :bounce: )
  • 15 Hide
    kresso , March 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    grieveI saw a vid about this on youtube earlier, its cool!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

    BLAST YOU!!! How dumb can I be?
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    1) All these companies jumping in to the SSD party means that the SSD market must be ridiculously lucrative, so those $3-$4+ per GB figures we are paying must be truly outrageous. I wonder what the margins are on the drives.

    2) I'm glad that all these companies are jumping in because it will accelerate the price drops.
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    grieve , March 1, 2010 9:55 PM
    Yes for certain competition will lower prices. I would love to have an SSD... I'm just not going to pay insane prices for a small drive.

    BTW the negatives on my first post means you enjoyed the movie! :) 
    It's a joke, and a little humorous, lighten up.
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    grieve , March 1, 2010 9:55 PM
    kressoBLAST YOU!!! How dumb can I be?

    haha i will never do it again, but it is fun for a change of pace.
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    distortion , March 1, 2010 9:58 PM
    I keep reading about TRIM being "for Win 7 users". Does anyone know if Ubuntu EXT4 now reliably supports TRIM or is it still under development? Thanks.
  • 0 Hide
    JohnnyLucky , March 1, 2010 10:23 PM
    I'm all for competition - better performance at a lower price. I'm just wondering how long the process will take before ssd's are really affordable.
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    Gin Fushicho , March 1, 2010 10:31 PM
    More competition. =)
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    descendency , March 1, 2010 10:42 PM
    Can someone please explain how this drive is competitive? It doesn't seem like it will be competitive in the average consumer market. Maybe with those IOPS it will be nice in other markets...
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    shin0bi272 , March 1, 2010 10:44 PM
    Gin FushichoMore competition. =)

    Im with you man. Theyve been in existence for almost 10 years and they are still pretty expensive for a relatively small drive. Not saying Im not looking at a vertex turbo 120gb or anything but I'd like it to not stab me in the wallet when I do. The more people that are in the market the better IMHO.
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    sliem , March 1, 2010 10:54 PM
    grievehaha i will never do it again, but it is fun for a change of pace.


    Let me guess, rickroll video?
    Here's the corrected url.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0
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    hakesterman , March 1, 2010 10:55 PM
    Um they haven't been around for ten years Dude. The technology you are talking about is PCI SSD's Cards
    that were bootable but they never took off because they were to expensive. And obviously they didn't learn from that because their at it again and they cost between $1,500.00 to $ 4,000.00 for the new ones. SSD Hard Drives as we know them now are only 3 years old.
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    gekko668 , March 1, 2010 11:03 PM
    Glad to see more competition to lower the SSD price. Now I hope Toshiba, Samsung and other flash memory makers wont price fixing to keep memory at high price.
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    falchard , March 1, 2010 11:24 PM
    This seems sloooow and expensive. You can get Platter HDDs that perform better then these SSDs.
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    HansVonOhain , March 1, 2010 11:33 PM
    sliemLet me guess, rickroll video?Here's the corrected url.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0


    Hard troll is a hard fail, sorry.
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    dupaman , March 2, 2010 12:12 AM
    descendencyCan someone please explain how this drive is competitive? It doesn't seem like it will be competitive in the average consumer market. Maybe with those IOPS it will be nice in other markets...

    +1
    Maybe if they priced the 64GB around $150 or less, but you can reliably get a much better spec'ed Indilinx-based drive for under $200. Everyone always keeps repeating "competition -> lower prices" but it really hasn't been happening with SSDs despite yet another "competitor" joining the fray pretty much every month...
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    siuol11 , March 2, 2010 12:19 AM
    I'm seeing the competition, but not the price decreases. Over $200 for a 64GB that gets such crappy read/writes? Why not just get any number of older, cheaper, faster drives by any number of manufacturers. My two OCZ Agility's come to mind- the write rate on those is faster than the read rate on this one.
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    jivdis1x , March 2, 2010 3:24 AM
    Are they trying to recover their investment within a year? Just jumping into the market with poor spec at crazy high prices.
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    wolfseeker2828 , March 2, 2010 5:00 AM
    falchardThis seems sloooow and expensive. You can get Platter HDDs that perform better then these SSDs.


    Definitely NOT. SSDs have Read/Writes in the hundreds of MB and latency in fractions of a millisecond. Even VelociRaptor drives have latencies of about 4 ms and Read/Writes that do not even come close to SSDs. Expensive? Yes. Slow? No.
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