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Samsung's Fast 256GB SSD Goes Into Production

Samsung has announced that its ultra-fast 256 GB SSD has finally entered mass-production.

Showing that patience can be a virtue, the impressive Samsung 256 GB SSD that was first unveiled back in May has finally entered mass-production, but now with even faster performance. Originally stated to have sequential read and write speeds of 200 MB/s and 160 MB/s, Samsung has since been able to boost the drive’s write speed up to 200 MB/s and read speed up to 220 MB/s.

This high-capacity SSD is claimed by Samsung to be capable of saving 25 high-definition movies (10 GB each) in just 21 minutes, which apparently takes a 7,200 RPM HDD about 70 minutes to accomplish. Another aspect of the SSD’s performance is deletion speed, with the new SSD being capable of permanently deleting 256 GB of data in about 2.5-minutes. If being able to quickly wipe a drive clean is of importance to you, you might also like to know that the SSD is available with full disk encryption.

Please find below a chart for comparison that includes the new Samsung SSD and a select few other SSDs.

SizesMax Seq. ReadMax Seq. WriteForm FactorSSD TypeInterface
Samsung SSD256 GB220 MB/s200 MB/s2.5-inchMLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Toshiba SSD256 GB120 MB/s70 MB/s2.5-inchMLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Micron SSD256 GB250 MB/s100 MB/s2.5-inchMLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Intel X25-E32, 64 GB250 MB/s170 MB/s2.5-inchSLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Intel X25-M80, 160 GB250 MB/s70 MB/s2.5-inchMLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Super Talent MD PX32, 64 GB170 MB/s130 MB/s2.5-inchSLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Super Talent MD OX32, 64, 128 GB150 MB/s100 MB/s2.5-inchMLCSATA 3.0 Gb/s

As for power consumption, the new SSD is rated at 1.1-watts, slightly higher than the 0.9-watts the drive was originally stated to have. For comparison, a new ’green’ 500 GB 5,400 HDD from Toshiba this week had a rating of 0.6-watts, with its power consumption reaching 1.7-watts during seek mode and 1.4-watts during read/write mode.

The new Samsung SSD takes a 2.5-inch form-factor, has a thickness of 9.5 mm and weighs just 81-grams. Pricing is still unknown, but expect it to be steep. With Samsung expected to introduce a 512 GB SSD in 2009 though, we hope to see the price come down rather quickly.