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Samsung announces speedy 256GB SSD

Samsung announces speedy 256GB SSD

The stylish brushed-metal SSDs will be released in 2.5" and 1.8" sizes for both laptops and ultraportables.

If you've been waiting for the performance and capacity of solid state drives to increase before taking the no-moving-parts plunge, check out the latest from Samsung.

Electronista broke the news late yesterday regarding Samsung's latest entry into the notebook SSD market with a lovely brushed-metal number storing an impressive 256GB in a standard-size 2.5” and 9.5mm thick chassis.

Where the new drive shines – aside from the prodigious amount of space available – is in the performance stakes: capable of reading sequential data at a staggering 200MB/s and writing data at a non-too-shabby 160MB/s, the new drive is around twice as fast as Samsung's prior 128GB models.

According to Samsung, this is achieved not via the use of expensive single-level cell (SLC) memory as used by most top-end SSDs, but by a new multi-level cell (MLC) system that is capable of achieving the same speeds as its more expensive counterpart. The use of MLC memory will help to keep costs down to an almost sensible level, and improvements to the storage controller used to drive the chips holds the promise of longevity equal to or greater than a traditional mechanical hard disk.

The drive is expected to be made available in sample quantities to OEMs in September this year, with production quantities shipping by year end in both 2.5” and 1.8” formats. If you're eager to know how much, you'll have to wait – unsurprisingly, Samsung hasn't seen fit to share any pricing information. Whether the use of MLC memory will keep the price down, or whether the company will take advantage of the high performance promised by the drive to slap a premium price tag on it, remains to be seen.

Anyone here hoping to get their hands on one next year and go completely solid-state on their desktop, or is it a technology that should stay in the mobile market even at these speeds? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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bowman 27th May 2008, 10:25 Quote
'Anyone here hoping to get their hands on one next year and go completely solid-state on their desktop,'

Not planning on going all solid state for a long while. The storage can stay on the dinosaur platter drives, that's okay. Boot/OS/apps, though, I'm looking to transition that ASAP.. Raptor is driving me insane with the noise - the speed, lower heat output and lower power usage will be a nice bonus.
Krikkit 27th May 2008, 10:27 Quote
That's good for the progression of drives, but the key to its success is the price tbh. If it's cheap enough they can corner the high-performance, decent-capacity storage market. If only they'd make a smaller-capacity one with the same tech - a 128GB one would be plenty big enough for a nice fat boot drive. :D
Cupboard 27th May 2008, 10:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
If only they'd make a smaller-capacity one with the same tech - a 128GB one would be plenty big enough for a nice fat boot drive. :D

+1
Though I can't think why they wouldn't release a smaller one.
I am sure it will be a long time before these are cheap enough that I can justify one though.
airchie 27th May 2008, 12:01 Quote
I'm pure moist tbh.
Been looking to buy one for ages and as soon as they became available in large quantities I'd spent my money on other things. :/
Fod 27th May 2008, 12:45 Quote
this is the big one, guys - the tech that will cause some serious price drops to be seen. I wouldn't be surprised to see this type of drive within Raptor pricing in a year.
StephenK 27th May 2008, 13:31 Quote
Im so there! I'm gonna put some cash aside for a couple of these bad boys!
C-Sniper 27th May 2008, 15:46 Quote
Honestly for me anything above 60gb would be an upgrade for the laptop. Lately as the price has been dropping i have been eying them.
ssj12 27th May 2008, 15:50 Quote
when are the 3.5" SSDs coming out?
Phil Rhodes 27th May 2008, 17:49 Quote
To be honest it's hard enough to even get hold of the 64GB ones, even if you're willing to pay for them.

Pointless until it's a lot more mainstream.

Am I the only person round here becoming increasingly frustrated at vapourware? I mean, seriously - when can I go and get one of these things from ebuyer? 2010?

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impar 27th May 2008, 17:53 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Am I the only person round here becoming increasingly frustrated at vapourware?
With vapouware or with the hype around vapourware?
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