Still not affordable though.
Patriot showed us its latest high-performance SSD drives, which boast both impressive read and write speeds – something that many previous SSD drives still haven’t been able to achieve. The drives come in capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB and the company said that it expects to release the 256GB drive in July – smaller models should be out before that date.
Obviously, SSD technology is still in its infancy and hasn’t reached price points that most people would consider affordable – Patriot remained mum on price. However a representative of the company did say they expected solid state drives with decent performance to hit reasonable price points towards the end of 2009 when NAND prices drop further.
Patriot faced the drive off with a standard 2.5in hard drive, although it didn’t want to reveal the manufacturer whose drive it was using for the comparison. The mechanical drive hit read and write speeds in the region of 47MB/sec, while the Patriot 32GB SSD hit read speeds of close to 130MB/sec and write speeds of over 70MB/sec. All that and access speeds are, of course, lightning fast.