MSI looks to have some SSDs up its sleeve


— 4:10 PM on July 23, 2012

Mechanical hard drive makers have consolidated quite a bit in recent years, but in the world of solid-state drives, vendors only seem to be multiplying. Now, even motherboard makers might be interested in supplementing the ever-growing SSD smorgasbord. Several reports suggest that MSI—yes, that MSI—plans to offer its own line of SSDs in the not-too-distant future.

A TechPowerUp story from earlier this month pointed to the SandForce website, which includes MSI on a list of "SandForce Driven SSDs." The entry is still up, and it looks like so:

Now, another website called InsideIndustryNews claims to have obtained a full spec sheet for three upcoming MSI SSDs. The site credits an "inside connection at MSI" for the scoop—and, at least from what I can tell, the sheet looks pretty legit.

It describes a line of 2.5" MSI Reflex Series drives featuring SandForce SF-2281 controllers and capacities of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB. (The drives have RX-60, RX-120, and RX-240 model numbers, respectively.) Peak transfer rates range from 525 to 560MB/s for reads and from 495 to 525MB/s for writes, with higher-capacity drives delivering the quickest speeds. All three drives purportedly come with 6Gbps SATA interfaces and 3.5" adapter brackets.

If that report is correct, then the MSI Reflex SSDs won't look all that different from other SandForce-powered solutions on the market today. MSI could distinguish itself by offering longer warranties or combo deals with its motherboards, though.

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