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The "SSD watch" thread
The Fuzz damn you! 
5/2/08 10:34:52 PM
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Mmmm... phase change memory: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/02/05/intel_doubles_phase_change_memory/1

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iamthemaxx 
7/2/08 9:34:42 AM
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I think we have a winner folks;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/05/bitmicro-keeps-it-real-unveils-1-6tb-ultra320-scsi-ssd/

That's right, 1.6TB.

"The E-Disk Altima E3S320 solid state flash disk arrives in a 3.5-inch form factor and houses some 1.6TB of storage space. Additionally, it promises sustained data transfer rates of up to 230MB/sec, and just in case the aforementioned model is just too capacious for you, the outfit will be shipping versions as small as 16GB in Q3 of this year. No word on how many houses you'll need to liquidate in order to take one home, however."



Edited by iamthemaxx: 7/2/2008 9:34:53 AM

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The Fuzz damn you! 
7/2/08 3:58:17 PM
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That's the thing with SSDs, you can (almost) always just throw in more chips. Flash memory chips scale a lot better than platters. It's the price that ends up being the killer.

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7/2/08 4:18:06 PM
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Nice find guys, the 230MB/s transfer is uber awesome. :D

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The Fuzz damn you! 
19/2/08 8:02:38 AM
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http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=10741

128GB SSDs from MTRON, in a 1.8" form. Now hopefully Apple will snaffle a few of these up by the end of the year. :-P

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The Fuzz damn you! 
23/2/08 5:25:57 PM
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http://gizmodo.com/359882/samsung-planning-on-256gb-ssds-huge-price-drops-by-end-of-the-year

256GB drives by year's end?

35-45% price drop expected year-on-year?

Nice, but that lower-end price drop estimate is pretty much the same as you'd expect for traditional HDDs. SSDs need to do better than that to earn my dollar.

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zebra 
24/2/08 12:51:59 PM
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Quote by The Fuzz damn you!
SSDs need to do better than that to earn my dollar.



Yup...and moreover, they need to do a lot better in performance stakes for the cost. Some recent benchmarks of the new 64GB SSD in the MacBook Air showed wonderous sequential read rates (almost double that of a mechanical disk) but almost 1/2 the performance in sequential writes, at worst benchmarks.

The cost to performance ratio just isn't there in consumer SSD technology, just yet :(.

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iamthemaxx 
14/3/08 10:22:52 AM
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A few links as I need to play catch up!

Some general tech news;
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/02/new_ssd_tech_means_fatter_cheaper_drives_sooner-2.html


Compact flash as SSD?
http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/15/compactflash-based-ssds-get-tested/


Samsung says stock level will be no problem;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/23/samsung-puts-the-kibosh-on-ssd-reliability-worries/

Samsung reiterates plans for 256GB SSDs in 2009;
http://feeds.engadget.com/~r/weblogsinc/engadget/~3/245921363/


Intel gets in on the picture, 160GB, 50% price cuts;
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/03/intel_bringin_ssd_drama_160gb_capacity_50_price_drop-2.html


OCZ releases SATAII 64GB units;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/13/ocz-announces-32-64gb-sata-ii-ssds/

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iamthemaxx 
19/3/08 8:57:57 AM
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OCZ releases some 32 and 64GB drives, sometime and for some price;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/13/ocz-announces-32-64gb-sata-ii-ssds/

Ars Technica has a good article here;
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080314-ssds-in-2008-fast-speeds-200mbsec-over-price-cuts.h

Moar SSD!;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/15/innodisk-intros-128gb-fid-2-5-inch-sata-10000-ssd/


Edited by iamthemaxx: 19/3/2008 03:43:52 PM

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19/3/08 8:23:51 PM
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iamthemaxx 
20/3/08 1:04:17 PM
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Quite a bit of chatter recently about the high failure rate of SSD's in laptops that they come bundled in, here is one story;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/hardware/soa/One-in-four-SSD-based-laptops-fail/0,130061702,33928732

They are talking 20-25%, compared to 1-2% for traditional drives.

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Jeruselem 
20/3/08 3:05:16 PM
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So it seems spinning disks of rust are still more reliable then these new SSDs. One in four is very high failure rate really, but I hope they get the manufacturing processes improved.

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Kung Fu Hung-Su 
22/3/08 1:10:25 PM
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Quote by Jeruselem
So it seems spinning disks of rust are still more reliable then these new SSDs. One in four is very high failure rate really, but I hope they get the manufacturing processes improved.


Wait, where did you read this?

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23/3/08 4:42:34 PM
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Quote by Kung Fu Hung-Su
Quote by Jeruselem
So it seems spinning disks of rust are still more reliable then these new SSDs. One in four is very high failure rate really, but I hope they get the manufacturing processes improved.


Wait, where did you read this?



In the links in the post above his one, my post.

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confined 
23/3/08 6:26:18 PM
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Quote by iamthemaxx
Quite a bit of chatter recently about the high failure rate of SSD's in laptops that they come bundled in, here is one story;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/hardware/soa/One-in-four-SSD-based-laptops-fail/0,130061702,33928732

They are talking 20-25%, compared to 1-2% for traditional drives.


Interesting. I was expecting the failure rate to be lower than traditional hard disks considering the lack of moving parts.

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iamthemaxx 
25/3/08 11:36:32 AM
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Quote by confined
Quote by iamthemaxx
Quite a bit of chatter recently about the high failure rate of SSD's in laptops that they come bundled in, here is one story;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/hardware/soa/One-in-four-SSD-based-laptops-fail/0,130061702,33928732

They are talking 20-25%, compared to 1-2% for traditional drives.


Interesting. I was expecting the failure rate to be lower than traditional hard disks considering the lack of moving parts.



This may have been a load of shit;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/19/dell-denies-20-30-return-rates-for-ssd-laptops/

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25/3/08 12:25:20 PM
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It must be crap, because there aren't many ASUS Eee SSD failures, and it's probably the most sold SSD laptop ever.

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Kung Fu Hung-Su 
25/3/08 12:30:29 PM
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Quote by iamthemaxx
Quote by confined
Quote by iamthemaxx
Quite a bit of chatter recently about the high failure rate of SSD's in laptops that they come bundled in, here is one story;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/hardware/soa/One-in-four-SSD-based-laptops-fail/0,130061702,33928732

They are talking 20-25%, compared to 1-2% for traditional drives.


Interesting. I was expecting the failure rate to be lower than traditional hard disks considering the lack of moving parts.



This may have been a load of shit;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/19/dell-denies-20-30-return-rates-for-ssd-laptops/



That makes me feel much better =) That said I still won't be trying an SSD yet. 2.5" HDDs will do for now.

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iamthemaxx 
28/3/08 12:25:33 PM
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Seagate might take their ball and go home if SSD's from other companies take off.

All via a patent and lawsuit type thing;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/24/seagate-warns-it-might-sue-ssd-makers-for-patent-infringment/


Way to stifle innovation guys.

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The Fuzz damn you! 
3/4/08 10:16:42 PM
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Oh... so *that's* what a 160GB SSD looks like.

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9909648-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

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