Samsung Targets SSD for Gamers

Samsung revealed today that it is kicking off a new campaign by targeting the PC gaming industry with its high-performance 256 GB solid state drives (SSD). The company hopes to capture gamers with the "lightning-fast processing power" offered by it SSDs, providing superior performance over traditional hard disk drives, and longer battery power for the notebook gamer.

The 256 GB drives--now available for desktops and notebooks--went into mass production back in November 2008, boasting sequential read rates of 220 MB/sec., sequential write rates of 200 MB/sec., and erase cycles of 100 GB per minute. The SSDs also consume 1.1 watts of power.

"In addition to processing power, advanced graphic cards and high-resolution monitors, gamers want a fast storage drive for reduced loading times and faster game performance," said Jim Elliott, vice president of memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "Our 256 GB SSD provides much better overall performance than conventional HDDs, as well as longer battery life for the notebook gamer. Clearly, all PC gamers will benefit from the blistering speeds and dazzling photorealism enabled by the Samsung 256GB SSD."

In addition to its new focus, Samsung pointed to two videos posted over on YouTube showing the benefits of SSDs in a gaming environment: "Are SSDs Good for Gaming?" and "Samsung SSD Awesomeness." Samsung also plans to demonstrate its 256 SSDs in action at the World Cyber Games event taking place September 25 - 27.

  • Kaiser_25
    Sounds like they might rival Intel drives...but how will their price be? It will be nice to see price, and speed side by side...maybe Toms will do a compare article...?
  • Gin Fushicho
    Ooooooooo. I'd lie to see an article comparing this with the Best when it comes out. That would be awesome Tom's.
  • rooseveltdon
    yeah but...would it load crysis 2 when it does come out?
  • xavier_23
    Gaming on pc? Like Diablo 3 in 2011 on 6 core and dx 11? Cmon, i stick with consoles this era. The golden age is no more on today pc. Welcome to the big UPUPUPgrade, i hate it. Go buy Ssd with 300 mb speed to play Mahjong, and next month the hdd is already old. The hell, all the rig is getting old....the ps2 has 10 years and yet are games for him.
  • laytons
    xavier_23........your a freaking idiot.
  • wesleywatson
    So, this SSD targeting gamers is exactly like all other SSDs that don't target gamers. Should be nice reads and writes, but I don't see how they made this different from all the other fast SSDs out there.
  • scook9
    this is the same as the corsair P256 and the Dell branded ssd's that come in their notebooks. It is an outstanding SSD. And Dell sells them for $480 (for the 256GB which is AMAZING)
  • simplyderp
    Xaviar, that's because console games are PC games with low/medium settings and no AA!

    I'm still trying to notice a difference between my raid 0 1.28TB WD Caviar Black and 30GB OCZ Vertex in everyday computing/gaming. I think I'll wait a couple of years to invest in another SSD...

    "SSD for gamers" is synonymous to "AMD dragon platform". It's just another marketing strategy to target uninformed consumers. I'll pass, thanks.
  • Mr_Man
    It's good to see them marketing something for gamers that isn't just about frame rates and bling. Load times and boot times are important to make PC's rival consoles.
  • omnimodis78
    kami3kUm what? Are you retarded by any chance?kami3k i'm not sure if you're putting down his writing or the content of his writing, but either way you are one ignorant person! How many languages can you communicate in? Yeah....that's what i thought.... stfu!