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Old 13th May 2010, 11:28   #1
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OWC launches 480GB SandForce-based SSD

OWC launches 480GB SandForce-based SSD

Just don't ask about the price...

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...ce-based-ssd/1
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Old 13th May 2010, 11:38   #2
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What's the fastest setup you can get with RAID'ing ultra-fast regular HDD's?
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Old 13th May 2010, 12:11   #3
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I think the read speed on that Black Dwarf was over 200MB/sec, RAID5, 8 drives.
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Old 13th May 2010, 12:23   #4
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1070? Ha ha ha ha ha! I'm sorry but there's no justification for that unless you are part of the ultra, ultra leet computing crowd.

When SSD prices drop by a factor of ten, THEN it'll be worth it.
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Old 13th May 2010, 12:28   #5
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1070? Ha ha ha ha ha! I'm sorry but there's no justification for that unless you are part of the ultra, ultra leet computing crowd.

When SSD prices drop by a factor of ten, THEN it'll be worth it.
how much did you just spend on graphics cards pete?
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Old 13th May 2010, 12:49   #6
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how much did you just spend on graphics cards pete?
That's different !

Seriously though, I imagine a large capacity high cost SSD will only be used by very specialist applications (and this is where people tell me this is what the company's aiming for) such as computer simulations involving lots of small file transfers.

It'd just be nice to see SSDs come down to a sensible price .
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Old 13th May 2010, 13:18   #7
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That's different !

Seriously though, I imagine a large capacity high cost SSD will only be used by very specialist applications (and this is where people tell me this is what the company's aiming for) such as computer simulations involving lots of small file transfers.

It'd just be nice to see SSDs come down to a sensible price .
well you could argue that 3xGTX480s is a specialist setup for specialist apps (CUDA etc).

and anyway, if you look at the price/storage ratio its similar to 'consumer' drives.
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Old 13th May 2010, 13:28   #8
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Old 13th May 2010, 14:22   #9
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Jesus God, at that price tag, it doesn't seem like much of a jump to just get a PCI-E SSD drive like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227499. For only $300 more you're getting nearly triple the access speeds and another 32 gigs.
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Old 13th May 2010, 15:00   #10
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I'm very happy with my newly acquired X-25M G2, so no need for an upgrade just yet. It is however good to see more manufacturers jumping on the SSD bandwagon.
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Old 13th May 2010, 15:29   #11
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I have an application for it. But its best summed up with two words..

Rainbow Tables.

But i certainly dont have that much cash laying about!
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Old 13th May 2010, 16:12   #12
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I've been looking at these cards (http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?W...source=froogle) for some time and at 1410 there still expensive but when there reaching half that price I will take the plunge into ssds if its worth doing do it properly. having a direct link into the motherboard has surely got to better than going through the sata controller, with Read 800MB/s, Write 750MB/s that's impressive.
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Old 13th May 2010, 16:14   #13
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Looks pretty cool, and I'm not overly fussed about the price tag. New technology is always expensive, but it always comes down as the manufacturing and implementation mature.

Just look at the IBM 3380. In 1980 it offered a whopping 1GB capacity, weighed over 500 pounds, and cost $40,000.
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I look forward to the day when we can count SSD capacity value in terms of number of GB per dollar, as opposed to dollar per GB.
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Old 13th May 2010, 19:42   #15
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We gonna see a new ssd labs test soon? Seems like quite a few new drives have been released recently. Wouldnt mind a review of Crucials C300 drives.
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Like you said on the podcast, we want fast SSD's at about the 100GB mark for a boot drive. For mass storage HDD's are much better value.
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Id happily grab one if it was around 500, but that not happening anytime soon.
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having high data rate does not mean it be faster, access times that makes SSDs work very fast (data rate is just an side affect of flash chips why faster Sata 600 SSDs are more targeted for server use) does not matter how many HDDs you add access time be the same or worse
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Old 14th May 2010, 07:30   #19
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well, SSDs gives so much a boost in real life apps on your PC: e.g.
browsing pictures (generating thumbnails) is 5x faster
zip works 50% faster
searching through sources 40x faster
mercurial, git works 3 times faster
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not mentioning overall lightness of the system, where you save seconds here and there

If SSD is going to save you several hours a week, and you are a consultant paid 100 quid for an hour, why not ask your company to buy one for you? It will be paid off in a month.
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i just installed an intel 160gb SSD - it has made the single most difference to the speed and responsiveness of my system. i dont have to wait for things anymore, and every other pc feels slow now.
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