Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008, Part 4

Samsung 64GB SATA II SSD

http://www.samsung.com/
$549
By: Chris Angelini

Solid state storage prices are still way too high (and capacity is still far too small) to justify going SSD-only. Sure, Samsung recently announced it was mass-producing its first 256 GB models. But given the $549 price tag on the 64 GB drive and relative unavailability of the 128 GB model at retail, we’re not sure when that larger repository will actually be a realistic option. For the time being, you can enjoy the MCCOE64G5MPP, Samsung’s OEM configuration of the drive that won our recommendation in Patrick’s 14-Way SSD Roundup earlier this year.

Why the hefty price tag? Unlike a lot of the other SSDs out there, this is based on SLC (single-level cell) technology—hence the beefy transfer speeds and 2 million hour MTBF. Samsung claims 100 MB/s sequential reads and 80 MB/s sequential writes. Our numbers weren’t as high for the drive’s writes, but they were still impressive. Where the SLCs really shine is performance per watt.

It’s worth noting that Intel’s 32 GB SLC drive recently launched as well, though it’s significantly more expensive, given the online prices we’ve been seeing (MSRPs put the two fairly close, though). If screaming write speeds are your thing and you can stomach the loss of capacity, we’d also be inclined to lean in that drive’s direction, too.

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  • snotling
    The model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.
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  • snotling
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.

    I did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.
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  • wicko
    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous :p
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  • blackened144
    I personally like the brunette for the articles.. Something about her reminds me of Christmas.. The blonde, not so much..
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  • LSoares1
    Wait, Did I miss something? What happened to part 2 and 3 of the 2008 Holiday Guide? All I see is part 1 and now this one....
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  • LSoares1
    nevermind - I see the links in this article, but I didn't notice them on the Guide section.
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  • antiacid
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.

    Were you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.
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  • WINTERLORD
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    Of course, you’ll void your warranty in the process,


    does anyone know if intel really can tell if your CPU has been just mildly overclocked? with no burn marks ect. i wonder about that cause id love to overclock it's fun to tinker with, but could not afford getting a bum chip, and it not be under warranty.
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  • Anonymous
    Nice to see the update about the Seagate fix, finally.
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  • WINTERLORD
    That "the Gigabyte’s board with 2 graphics slots" is a sweet looking motherboard. and for anyone who just needs one graphics card slot i bet this be an alswome rig as well. a deffinit choice if i upgrade to the core 2 quad route. prolly go nehalem core i7 though
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  • romans11
    wickoWow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous


    Yeah, but the point is compared to Sarah (particularly with long hair in 2006) these ladies aren't in the same league. Some of us like women who look at least a little curvy.

    I know I should probably comment on the products not just the modeling talent, but since this is where the conversations begins, I'll jump in to the fray.
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  • snotling
    antiacidWere you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.

    the actual dumbest "comment chain" of the year were on spotlight where hundreds of comments criticized Tamara for using a mac, dressing to casual, dressing to formal, being to expressive, being not expressive enough, being sexy, not being sexy... well I just find it amusing that nobody cares how Ben Meyer and Rob Wright look or dressup.
    Fat girls gone wild... how drastic. What about water-cooled hot chicks ?
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  • Shadow703793
    For part 6 of this guide, consider recommending this: http://www.livescribe.com/smartpen/index.html My friend has one and god I envy him for it. Helps to handle long lecturs (1hr +) easily.
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  • tipoo
    SnotlingI did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.

    lmao
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  • KyleSTL
    I'm surprized I'm the first to catch it, but the motherboard in the picture is not the UD3R, it is the UD3P. The UD3P has 2 PCIe 16x slots, whereas the UD3R only has one. It you click to see the full sized picture you can read (barely) the correct model number.
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  • randomizer
    It must suck to handle all that hardware but not be able to keep it.
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  • randomizer
    Snotlingwell I just find it amusing that nobody cares how Ben Meyer and Rob Wright look or dressup.

    Ben and Rob posing in Christmas gear, that would be funny.
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  • caamsa
    I am sure that none of you boys have the hardware that these ladies would be interested in anyway.

    Keep your flash drives in your pockets. ;-P
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  • motleydogg
    Sorry but my floppy drive has been replaced with a hard drive,... I wonder if I can place my RAM in the slot, I wouldn't try turning it on until after everything is in. I would like to monitor the cable being managed. It might get hot, but if we have a fan, I shouldn't have to twist those knobs to control things much,...
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  • MitchMeister-
    So I keep seeing everyone recommending the E8600.. but why when an E8400 is $100 less and the only difference is that it's not factory overclocked? Or is something on the E8600 that much better?
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