Samsung's new 470 series SSDs appear to come with a bit orange flair! Grooooovy.
South Korean silicon bigwig Samsung has very quietly slipped out its latest 470 series SSDs
into Japanese and EU markets. Featuring its latest controller, 30nm NAND and a standard 2.5in form factor, these drives can push up to 250MB/sec sustained read and 220MB/sec sustained write with 31k/21k IOPS for the 128GB and 256GB parts respectively.
The cheaper 64GB option sees a halving of its write performance to 110MB/sec and 11k IOPS, which is consistent with using half as much physical NAND.
Despite some reports of using a SATA 6Gbps interface, the Samsung website
TRIM comes as standard across the range, and Samsung claims 1.5 million hours MTBF (roughly 171 years of constant use) and a three year warranty of writing up to 20GB a day.
While it's evidently slightly slower (on paper) than the Crucial C300
controllers out there, it's faster than the last series of Samsung controllers and could be a worthy replacement for the Indilinx mid-market SSDs.
Samsung could be hard pushed to shift them at RRPs of $199, $399 and $699 though, as this makes them more expensive than the Crucial C300 alternatives.
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