New Super Talent SSDs target Eee PCs, Inspiron Mini

Have a nine-inch Asus Eee PC or Dell Mini 9? Feeling let down by the included storage solution? Then Super Talent has something for you: two lines of new solid-state drive upgrades with high performance ratings and prices starting under $100.

For Eee PCs (900, 901, 901A, 901 Go, and S101 models, specifically), Super Talent claims its new SATA Mini 2 PCIe drives are "the world’s fastest upgrade SSDs." The multi-level-cell drives have top performance ratings of 150MB/s for sequential reads and 100MB/s for sequential writes, so that may not be too far from the truth.

Super Talent offers MLC-based SATA Mini 2 PCIe drives in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities with prices of $86, $126, and $220, respectively. All of ’em fit into PCI Express Mini connectors, though the firm mentions a 300MB/s Serial ATA interface.

What about Dell’s Mini 9? For that system, Super Talent offers Half Mini 2 PCIe drives with capacities ranging all the way up to 128GB. The drives use a "custom IDE/PATA" interface, and they’re a little slower than their Eee PC-bound counterparts. Super Talent quotes 80MB/s for sequential reads and 40MB/s for sequential writes. Still, that’s purportedly a seven-fold improvement in sequential write speeds and a twofold improvement for sequential writes.

Prices are $75 for the 16GB model, $110 for 32GB, $200 for 64GB, and $380 for 128GB.

Finally, Super Talent has also announced variants of the Eee PC and Mini 9 drives with single-level-cell flash memory. Those have higher performance ratings and longer warranties (two years instead of three years), but they’re likely priced at a premium, as well. Super Talent says SLC drives "are in high demand for small embedded designs and ruggedized PC applications."

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    • crazybus
    • 10 years ago

    q[<(Presumably, the upgrade modules have embedded SATA controllers.)<]q Actually, while the form factor of these SSDs is PCIe mini card, they use a different pinout which potentially has both PATA and SATA connections. This connector is labelled "FLASH_CON", at least on the Eee PC. §[<http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://eee-pc.ru/wiki/%25D0%25BC%25D0%25BE%25D0%25B4%25D0%25B4%25D0%25B8%25D0%25BD%25D0%25B3:sata&ei=Mf3TSeftMMyb-gasxczkCg&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=3&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Deee%2Bflashcon%2Bto%2Bsata%2Bhdd%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26hs%3DAop%26sa%3DG<]§

      • Cyril
      • 10 years ago

      Interesting. Thanks for the link.

    • ludi
    • 10 years ago

    And just like that, the total monetary investment in your netbook creeps ever closer to ultraportable territory.

      • khands
      • 10 years ago

      Hey, if they make netbooks a base system and we finally get truly upgradeable laptops out of this I will piss my pants with glee.

        • ludi
        • 10 years ago

        I’d recommend holding it until finding a suitable latrine. Less embarrassing, easier cleanup.

        If you want a from-scratch netbook, OCZ already has one for you. Still be expensive as the dickens by the time you get something like this SSD shoved into it, though.

          • khands
          • 10 years ago

          I want a truly upgradeable laptop (laptop parts that work 100% like PC parts). Until that happens, I’ll be glad about any mention of portable upgradeability, especially when it’s inside the case.

            • ludi
            • 10 years ago

            That’s a one-way ticket to a DTR chassis. Each new swappable socket makes things bigger and harder to capture within a compact form.

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