Value-oriented SSDs are still multiplying. Late yesterday, Super Talent unveiled four new, modestly priced solid-state drives, the VSSD series, with capacities ranging from 8GB to 64GB and prices stretching up only to "around $175."
The VSSD lineup also includes 16GB and 32GB models. Like pretty much every other SSD on the market today, all four products have 2.5" form factors and 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces, as well.
Looking at sequential transfer rates, Super Talent rates both 32GB and 64GB VSSD offerings for 150MB/s when reading. The higher-capacity drive can purportedly write at 100MB/s, but its 32GB sibling will only do 60MB/s. Meanwhile, 8GB and 16GB VSSDs should both hit 90MB/s when reading and 30MB/s when writing—nothing that would quite put hard drives to shame.
Even a 16GB SSD has limited use in a desktop PC or laptop, of course. As we keep pointing out when talking about low-end SSDs, the official Windows 7 system requirements call for a minimum 16GB of available capacity for Win7 x86 and 20GB for the 64-bit version. For an OS with a leaner footprint, folks will likely have to turn to Windows XP or Linux.
Super Talent says VSSD drives are already available across the globe. The firm adds that the 8GB drive will set you back $65, but the announcement doesn't mention pricing for the 16GB and 32GB products.