Sometimes the world just seems to fly by and you can't believe where the time has gone. Then again, there's the wait for those Samsung 256GB SSDs and it has felt like forever...
Still, this is almost over folks as Samsung has announced today it has begun mass production of these monsters specifically targeted at the home PC and laptop user. And that's only half the good news.
The other bit is those stunning industry leading 200MBps read and 160MBps write rates quoted in May have found even more horsepower since then with Samsung saying 220MBps read and 200MBps sequential writes are now locked down - figures which destroy the nasty tendency of SSDs to lag in this latter specification. Erase cycles are monstrous too at 100GB per minute meaning an entire drive can be re-written very quickly.
"While SSD's have always been touted for their performance, Samsung is turning the storage industry upside down now with an SSD that delivers truly disruptive performance," said Jim Elliott, Samsung VP of Memory Marketing. "Getting our exceptionally high performing 256GB SSD in a notebook is analogous to having a 15,000rpm drive, without all of its size, noise, power and heating drawbacks."
The man has a point. Samsung quotes a power draw of just 1.1 watts - around half that of a comparable HDD - while the 256GB edition will weigh little more than its 128GB brother which barely tips the scales at 81g. Even full disk encryption is on the menu.
The one bad point? We still don't know a price, but that - along with a formal launch date - should be with us any minute. Cross all fingers and toes, people...