OWC (aka Other World Computing) said that it added four new "prosumer" SSDs to its Mercury Extreme Pro SSD (opens in new tab) line. The drives will come in four capacities--60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB. They also promise sustained read rates up to 285 MB/s with no speed degradation thanks to the tasty SandForce processor, write speeds of up to 275 MB/s, and sustained random 4KB write performance of 10,000 IOPS (with a burst of up to 30,000 IOPS).
The drives also feature a 7-percent over-provisioning to ensure a high level of data reliability. OWC said that SandForce DuraClass with ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies eliminate the reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long-term usage of the drive without the need for depending on external TRIM management.
"Utilizing SandForce DuraClass technology, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD is able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives," the company said. "By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD provides RAID like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity."
Although the drives aren't on the market just yet, consumers can head here (opens in new tab) to pre-order. Unfortunately, the SSDs aren't cheap, ranging from a meaty $219.99 for the 60 GB version to a crazy $1,579.99 for the 480 GB model. Although OWC didn't specify, the new small form factor SSDs are built for laptops, however the company also offers a separate adapter for desktop use.
P.S. Is that close to SATA II bandwidth of 3.0Gbps. I don't want to do the math....285MBps = 2,280Mbps = 2.23Gpbs < 3.0Gbps SATA II...Am I right? I'll settle for close.
the longer i hold out the better
remember the very first drive being 5.25 for the computer in 1988 and cost 4000.00 for a 100 meg hard drive. good old brick drive.
Hard drive market will only advances in technology mechanical drives to non movement drives. hence Solid State Drives. anyways that is my 2 cents on it.
Yup, the SATA II speed limit has been hit by SSD's already. Keep in mind there is some overhead, so I doubt drives will ever go over 285MB/s on SATA II. Bring on SATA III!
Heck, as fast as their performance shot up, even SATA III will be saturated by SSD's soon.
Always best to look at stuff outside the box. Imagine if you gave the people with the creative minds at Sandforce the workforce and R&D budget of Intel....
lol forget SATA III, bring on Intel's Light Peak :D