Super Talent intros new, higher-speed SSDs to combat Intel

— 2:35 PM on September 16, 2008

Eight days after Intel's thunderous entry in the solid-state drive world, Super Talent has announced that it's bolstering its MasterDrive line with new, high-performance SSDs.

The MasterDrive OX and MasterDrive PX drives feature multi- and single-level-cell flash, respectively, and they have impressive credentials: 150MB/s sequential reads and 100MB/s sequential writes for the former, 170MB/s reads and 130MB/s writes for the latter. Super Talent is only releasing the faster PX drives in 32GB and 64GB flavors, but you'll be able to nab MasterDrive OX drives with capacities up to 128GB.

High performance or not, these drives won't break the bank—at least, not compared to the competition. Super talent says the 128GB MasterDrive OX will arrive in stores this week with a price tag of only $419, which is a tad cheaper than what Newegg charges for the 120GB MasterDrive MX today. The MX has top sequential read and write speeds of 120MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively.

In case you're wondering, the MasterDrive OX, PX, and MX are all 2.5" drives with 300MB/s Serial ATA connections. Super Talent says the OX and PX offerings have 0.1ms response times, tolerance for temperatures between 0 and 70°C, and built-in algorithms for error correction and "bad bit management." Depending on the models, OX drives can purportedly last between 18 and 70 years with 50GB of write/erase operations per day, while the PX SSDs can survive 175-350 years of the same treatment.

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