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SSD Summer Slam: 12 New 2.5" And 1.8" Drives Rounded-Up

Super Talent UltraDrive GX 2.5” (128GB)

The last drive in this roundup is Super Talent’s UltraDrive GX (MLC), based once more on the practically-ubiquitous Indilinx controller.

Obviously, this is the firm’s performance product. Super Talent offers both SLC and MLC flash models. We received the latter at 128GB capacity, although there also are 64GB and 256GB options. Higher capacity models are rated for higher performance. Our drive didn’t reach the specified 260 MB/s throughput, but it delivered strong throughput and PCMark Vantage application results. At the same time, power consumption numbers were better than average, making the GX strong on performance per watt both for streaming and I/O operations. Setting I/O performance aside, Super Talent manages to deliver slightly more than other SSDs based on the same Indilinx controller.

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The vendor also offers a garbage collection tool, called Performance Refresh Tool, on its Web site. Super Talent’s long list of firmware updates demonstrates how much progress is going on in the SSD arena.