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Super Talent turns to SandForce for super-speedy SSDs

by Parm Mann on 22 January 2010, 12:49

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Super Talent's MasterDrive and UltraDrive series of SSDs aren't exactly slow, but in an effort to raise the bar another notch, the California-based company has teamed up with SandForce to develop its next line of solid-state drives.

Dubbed the TeraDrive FT2, Super Talent's latest makes use of a SandForce SF-1500 SSD processor to deliver read and write speeds of up to 250MB/sec.

The enterprise-orientated drive, designed for use in database servers and available in capacities ranging from 50GB to 200GB, makes use of a SATA 3Gbps interface and promises 30,000 input/output operations per second.

Boosting the drive's enterprise credentials is RAISE technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite technology for increased endurance, along with "state-of-the-art wear levelling" and error-correction code capable of correcting up to 24 symbols per 512 byte sector.

Super Talent joins OCZ in becoming the latest SSD manufacturer to incorporate SandForce technology, and states that its TeraDrive FT2 - in both single-level-cell (SLC) and multi-level-cell (MLC) flavours - is sampling to OEMs now and will enter volume production in Q1.

The company hasn't yet divulged pricing, but stay tuned as we reckon there's a good chance SandForce technology will filter through to Super Talent's high-end consumer drives in the coming months.

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Seems pointless, the only preview of the speeds are on the OCZ model, which the previewing site claimed was the single fastest drive ever. However it barely won in most benchmarks and in real world performance showed very little benefit, and this was an enterprise uber expensive version, not a mid level home user version which would likely have cheaper nand flash in and the lower end controller chip. Which would likely erase any performance benefit over any indilinx drive.

It would seem to me that outside of a couple of sythetic tests, it wouldn't be worth the difference, the same way a Crucial and an intel are all but identical in real world usage, even though both excel and beat each other in various benchmarks. You can't tell the difference to be honest between Crucials nor intel's in raid, yet benchmarks would tell you otherwise. These seem all hype so far, and if they offer anything to home users we'll see.

Keeping in mind home users won't be wanting to rape their hard drives, due to size and wear and tear downloading, unraring and storage aren't its main benefits, instant access and more than enough speed to push loading times back on cpu/subsystem limits is achieved with indilinx drives now. Now needing a drive to do video capture, encoding, heavy work loads where time is money, and you might want more speed and the wear and tear of SSD's becomes acceptable for the extra performance, but home users will be avoiding those situation and requirements.
Great. They've named an up-to-200GB drive the ‘TeraDrive’. Those marketing tools…

Can't wait till they release the up-to-500GB ‘PetaDrive’