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SuperTalent Ups Odds With Fast, Cheap SSDs

Gordon Kelly


SuperTalent Ups Odds With Fast, Cheap SSDs

Intel may have waded into the SSD game, but it looks like Super Talent isn't fazed in the slightest...

The California based company has today sent out a marker with its new MasterDrive PX and OX lines which up the speeds but significantly lower asking prices. Here's the skinny (quite literally given their svelte 100.2 x 69.9 x 9.5mm dimensions):

The OX line runs MLC (multi level cell) NAND and is therefore the cheaper of the two yet still manages to produce read and write speeds of 150MB per second and 100MB per second respectively in capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Up things to the SLC (single level cell) based PX series and these numbers jump to 170MB per second read and 130MB per second write in 32GB and 64GB sizes. Access times all round are just 0.1msec, equalling the best on the market to date.

Here's the kicker though, a 128GB MasterDrive OX will launch this week with a street price of just $419 (£234). Now compare that with Intel's $595 (£333) asking price for its 250MBps read / 70MBps write 80GB M series. Yes, there are pros and cons here but I know which appeals more to my wallet.

"In this, our third generation of SATA SSDs, we’ve taken performance to incredible new heights, with sustained read and write speeds that will leave any hard disk drive in the dust," said Jo James, Super Talent's Director of Marketing. "At the same time, our MasterDrive SSDs are among the most cost effective solid state storage solutions available."

Can you say: Game On!


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September 18, 2008, 2:06 pm

Please please please make this the first step in a vicious price war.


September 18, 2008, 2:10 pm

Sometimes, I love the pace at which technology moves...


September 18, 2008, 3:27 pm

First step?! OCZ hold rights to that claim (http://www.trustedreviews.c..., then along came Micron (http://www.trustedreviews.c..., now SuperTalent wages in with their offering.

I've held off buying an OCZ SSD, and rightly so, business looks set to pick up... but I'm disappointed with Intel's offering, they're obviously targeting the enterprise rather than the consumer with those prices...



September 18, 2008, 3:43 pm

Sadly I bought 2 120GB super talent MX's - both ran hot & died within a week. 1st one caused no end of aggro - was more cautious 2nd time. Once they die, unlike a spinning drive, they basically self-cremate.

For my money I'd rather stick with intel.


September 18, 2008, 3:44 pm

@VGA - well, let's see how next generations turn out. Sounds like horrible bad luck, but if that happened to everyone the company would be out of business in a week.

Sean 1

September 19, 2008, 7:23 am

Just got an email back from supertalent. These new OX MLC drives have the exact same JMicron (JMF602) controller with ZERO cache as all the other non intel MLC drives on the market. So expect it to have the same studder problem that the OCZ Core and others suffer from.

Its really unfortunate that such a small oversight can hamper the entire SSD market. It doesnt look like this is going to be fixed until sometime next year when JMicron rolls out there new controller with on die cache.

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