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Silicon Power & Lojixx Bring SSDs To The Masses

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Silicon Power & Lojixx Bring SSDs To The Masses

We've long talked about getting affordable SSDs - particularly in netbook friendly capacities - into the market so hats off to Silicon Power and Lojixx Technology who have teamed up and seemingly achieved just this.

Manufacturer Silicon and UK distributor Lojixx have launched two lines of solid state drives in the country this week stretching from just 8GB all the way up to 256GB and hitting every price point along the way.

First up is Silicon's dual SATA/IDE line of SSDs which race along at up to a potential sequential 160MBps read and 50MBps write on 8GB to 16GB capacities and managing 165MBps read and 95MBps write from 32GB to 256GB. All come in 2.5in form factors with points at £39, £59, £69, £120, £220 and £430 for 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models respectively. A sweet spot here is the 32GB model which should be an ideal upgrade for netbook owners.

Next we have the 'M10' range which differentiates itself by featuring both SATA II and mini USB interfaces allowing the drives to be used as either internal or external storage. Performance is claimed to hit 165MBps sequential read and 95MBps sequential write via SATA II and 30MBps read and 25MBps write over mini USB. Prices begin at £75 for the entry level 32GB edition then rise to £130, £240 and £460 for 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models.

Both lines come with two year warranties which should put the usual SSD reliability worries to bed. If there is one caveat it is Silicon's use of the somewhat criticised JMicron controller to keep costs down. Limited cache has seen the controller perform somewhat erratically on high end systems though subsequent firmware updates have made a difference. That said, ultra portable laptops and netbooks should prove very happy recipients indeed.

Both ranges are available now.

Update: Discrepancies between the prices here and on the Lojixx site have been pointed out by a number of readers. Lojixx says the figures it lists are out of date and will be updated over the weekend. Yes, our article has the correct prices :)

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Retset

May 21, 2009, 8:14 pm

I would so like an SSD as the main boot/system drive in my desktop PC. When I see the right combination of reliability, speed and price then I will jump in.





I will be very keen to read the TR review of these drives ;)

Brian ONeill

May 21, 2009, 11:17 pm

How do these compare against say an SDHC card? Most netbooks have an SD card slot, and 32gb sd cards are pretty cheap.





Is the issue that you can not use an SD card as the primary drive?

Simon Heather

May 21, 2009, 11:47 pm

I've just checked the Lojixx website and the prices seem much higher that quoted in your article - for example the 32GB SSD is selling for £92 (£80+vat) not £69.

Xiphias

May 21, 2009, 11:55 pm

They're a waste of money if they've got the current JMicron controller. Half a second to a second long pauses are unacceptible at this price for almost every type of use.





If they do manage to fix it with new firmware then I can't really see the 32GB version being that popular, Since you can get a good netbook now for £150-200 not many people will want to spend £70 extra on it, and 32GB is barely enough for vista and some programs on an ultraportable.

Gordon394

May 22, 2009, 5:58 am

@Brian - SDHC cards can't be used as they have extremely limited write/re-write cycles and Vista would kill your card within a day or two, possibly less. If that were an option everyone would be doing it I'm afraid.


@Xiphias - we'll have to put your points to the test, but personally I don't see the need for more than 32GB on a netbook - besides you'd have to be suicidal to put Vista on it ;)

xenos

May 22, 2009, 7:33 am

Not bad for an ultraportable, although the controller really is junk I could probably do better myself :-P





What would be really good is a nice inexpensive 64GB drive for a 13/14in laptop with the samsung controller, I think OCZ has my money if I decide to upgrade soon :-)

Gordon394

May 22, 2009, 8:51 am

@xenos - a 32GB, even 16GB, Intel X-25M would do me just fine in a netbook. Come on Intel!

Gordon394

May 22, 2009, 8:55 am

@Simon - I'll check with them about that.

Gordon394

May 23, 2009, 12:14 am

Update: Lojixx says the figures on its website are out of date and will be updated over the weekend. Yes, our article has the correct prices :)

basicasic

May 23, 2009, 6:57 pm

What point is there in introducing new SSDs with JMicron controllers. Seems like a cynical jump on to the SSD bandwagon in order to flog 'em them to the unsuspecting Joe Public to me.

Simon Heather

May 24, 2009, 1:49 am

SSDs with JMicron controllers are perfectly fine for netbooks with Windows 7 RC - I intend using one in my new Mini 10v when it arrives.

Simon Heather

June 12, 2009, 6:37 pm

I have now received my Silicon Power 32GB SSD and installed it in my Dell Mini 10v - here are the CrystalDiskMark scores running Windows 7 RC:





Seq read 104.2 MB/s write 51.42 MB/s


512K read 96.64 MB/s write 35.38 MB/s


4K read 8.016 MB/s write 1.501 MB/s

Darfuria

June 14, 2009, 6:52 pm

Anybody happen to know if these can be purchased from anywhere else? The Lojixx shop is down and I can't seem to find them anywhere.

Darfuria

August 10, 2009, 4:45 am

Jesus christ, their website is STILL down.

Simon Heather

August 11, 2009, 5:43 pm

Just send them an e-mail - they are good at responding to queries.

Darfuria

August 12, 2009, 6:26 pm

I've sent them three, now. From different e-mail addresses.

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