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New, Faster SSDs From Crucial up to 256 GB

More and more SSDs are hitting the market, hopefully spurring competition and eventually leading to lower prices. The latest entry comes from Lexar, today announcing its fastest Crucial solid-state drive (SSD) products to date.

These line-topping new Crucial SSDs is led by the 256 GB MLC NAND Crucial M225 SSD which gives a 250 MB/sec. read speed and a 200 MB/sec. write speed.

“By upgrading their system with a solid-state drive, mobile computer users will enjoy a faster, more rugged system with storage built for mobility. The fact that SSDs don’t have any moving parts makes Crucial solid-state drives quieter, cooler, and more durable than traditional hard drives,” said Robert Wheadon, Lexar Media’s senior worldwide product marketing manager.

The new SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor, but those who wish to run them in a desktop can use the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit (sold separately), which includes a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, a 3.5-inch SATA 3Gb/sec. hot-swappable drive bay, and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket.

Capacities and prices of the new Crucial SSDs are: 64 GB (currently $169.99/£104.99/€120.99), 128 GB (currently $329.99/£201.99/€143.99), and 256 GB (currently $599.99/£367.99/€424.99).

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • mlcloud
    $3:1GB? We're getting there.
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  • cbigfoot
    When we Hit $1.50-$2.00 per GB i will buy 2 256 to put in a raid 0 in my DELL M6400 Covet!
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  • Chipset? These don't look like standard indilinx or samsung specs!
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  • Wayoffbase
    mlcloud$3:1GB? We're getting there.yep, the 64 and 128GB prices are just about in reach for the not-quiet-early-but-earlyish adopters :P
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  • jacobdrj
    Golden number is 1:1
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  • brendano257
    Hmmmmm I like the
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  • belardo
    if you want speed and performance... why RAID basic SSDs? Just get an SSD-PCIe card and you can reach data speeds of 1500.
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  • Hovaucf
    You also cant boot off of a PCIe-SSD at this time and the cost is absurd...
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  • Wayoffbase
    Belardoif you want speed and performance... why RAID basic SSDs? Just get an SSD-PCIe card and you can reach data speeds of 1500.hovaucfYou also cant boot off of a PCIe-SSD at this time and the cost is absurd...Which consumer pci-e ssds are actually on the market already? And you can't boot from the fusion-io drive but the others I have heard about work basically like a raid controller card with on board flash memory, so they are boot-able.
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  • Hovaucf
    I've read they're working on making them bootable but have not seen anywhere saying they're at this time, and plus I've read prices for these range between $1600-5000 US.
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