Super Talent MasterDrive SX SSD: up to 256GB, 220MB/sec read

Chris Davies - Jun 18, 2009
Super Talent MasterDrive SX SSD: up to 256GB, 220MB/sec read

Super Talent have announced a new range of solid-state drives, promising higher read and write rates thanks to a new 8-channel controller and more cache.  The 2.5-inch Super Talent MasterDrive SX SSDs range in capacity from 64GB to 256GB, made up of MLC NAND flash, and the company is quoting sequential read speeds of up to 220 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200 MB/sec.


Each of the drives have 128MB of DRAM cache and use a 3Gbps SATA-II interface.  Power draw is down to 0.5W during reads and 0.15W while idle, and they’re also tipped to be more rugged, too, thanks to an aluminum shell.

The new Super Talent MasterDrive SX SSDs are available now, through retailers such as NewEgg and SuperBiiz.  So far the only price we’ve seen is around $359 for the 128GB mid-range model.


Press Release:

Super Talent Unveils MasterDrive SX SSDs

128MB DRAM Cache Delivers Exceptional Write Speeds

San Jose, California – June 18, 2009 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new line of MasterDrive SX SSDs that incorporate 128MB of DRAM cache and reach new performance levels in high performance laptops.

The MasterDrive SX is based on an advanced new 8-channel controller and MLC NAND Flash. Its 8-channel architecture combined with a hefty 128MB of DRAM cache takes full advantage of the 3Gbps SATA-II bandwidth. The MasterDrive SX is capable of sequential read speeds up to 220 MB/sec and sequential write speeds up to 200 MB/sec.

MasterDrive SX SSDs have undergone thousands of hours of intensive validation and stress testing in both Windows® and LINUX environments to emerge as one of the most reliable SSDs available. These drives are encased in a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum shell that protects the drives against physical damage. MasterDrive SSDs are dramatically more resistant to shock and vibration than hard drives.
Another great advance in the MasterDrive SX is its power efficiency. The drive sips a mere half a watt of power in read mode, and 0.15 watts while idle. That’s considerably lower than typical notebook hard drives, and even lower than the vast majority of 2.5-inch SSDs. The benefits to users are less fan noise and longer battery life.
“We developed the MasterDrive SX series to offer extreme reliability at an aggressive price point that makes sense for mobile professionals and enthusiasts. Moreover, these drives boast power efficiency and write speeds that few SSDs can match”, said Super Talent Director of Marketing Joe James.
MasterDrive SX SSDs are available now in capacities up to 256GB through NewEgg and SuperBiiz. Street prices for the 128GB drive are around $359.
About Super Talent Technology
Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI standards bodies. With over 250 patents, the company was ranked 38th in the 2008 Wall Street Journal’s Patent ScorecardTM for the IT industry.

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