Super Talent TeraNova SSD offers crazy 540MB/s speeds

SSD manufacturer Super Talent has launched a new, high-speed drive capable of over 500 MB/s read and write rates, targeted at hardcore users. The Super Talent TeraNova offers up to 480GB of solid-state capacity, paired with a modified SandForce 2200 controller in a 2.5-inch form-factor, making it suitable for performance desktops or notebooks.

There's a SATA III 6Gbps connection, and speed-freaks should probably opt for the 240GB model if they want the best combination of performance. As the following table – using Super Talent's own data – suggests, that model leads the TeraNova pack with a 540 MB/s sequential read rate and 520 MB/s sequential write rate. Still, even the lowest write rate is a healthy 480 MB/s.

All that speed will come in handy not just for booting up and shutting down your system – though it's worth noting that an SSD-equipped notebook can be dramatically faster to load than an HDD-based counterpart – but for storage-intensive apps. Video and audio processing, image editing and the like are all improved using an SSD.

The Super Talent TeraNova begins shipping today, in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. Pricing is yet to be confirmed