Friday, February 15th 2008

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 64GB SATA 3Gb/s Solid State Drives

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has begun mass producing of 64GB solid state drives (SSDs) utilizing the SATA 3Gb/s data interface. Some of you may be more familiar with the word SATA II, but SATA II and SATA 3Gb/s are two different terms and I prefer to stick with the right one - SATA 3Gb/s. Back on the story, Samsung said its 64GB SATA 3Gb/s SSD, which began shipping in limited quantities earlier this month, will be available as an option within the next few weeks in selected Dell and Alienware notebooks. Able to read data at 100MB per second and write data at 80MB per second, Samsung's new SSD is up to 60% faster than SATA I (1.5Gb/s) drives and performs two to five times faster than conventional hard disk drives (HDDs), according to the company. It also consumes nearly 75% less power than typical HDDs (1.45W compared to 2.1W) and at 73 grams, SSDs are much lighter than HDDs. The SATA II SSD is comprised primarily of single-level-cell NAND flash memory.Source: DigiTimes
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22 Comments on Samsung Begins Mass Production of 64GB SATA 3Gb/s Solid State Drives

#1
candle_86
when can we see these in the desktop channel?
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#2
Laurijan
Wouldnt it be :rockout: to have two or three of them in raid 0 on a desktop PC - but i doubt that they ever will be sold seperatly from a laptop.

I have the feeling that solid-state disks are the future and will probably be used instead of mechanic drives sometime.

I googled and found out that 100Mb/s read speed is ultra high compared to a Transcend 8GB SATA solid-state disk which has only - read: 30MB/s, write: 28MB/s
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#3
kylew
SSD Could well be the way forward from HDDs, I think there was a news article posted on here a few weeks back about a company that's making a 500GB SSD drive, all they need now is to work on the prices of them and I'll be sold. :roll:
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#4
1c3d0g
Awesome news! You can kiss slow-loading games, office suites etc. goodbye. SSD's for life! :rockout:
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#5
kenkickr
The only way we will kiss slow loading games, business apps goodbye is if the programers use systems that everybody else uses, I mean 70-80 percent of the mainstream users. Perfect example would be our POS system at work(Point of Sells). It was designed on a $3000 system but is ran on 500-700 dollar systems everyday. Sure, it flies on the 3000 dollar system but pisses me off when I have to pull it up on our much cheaper systems because it is slow and inconsistent. We are developing a new one due to this issue.
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#6
OnBoard
by: kylew
SSD Could well be the way forward from HDDs, I think there was a news article posted on here a few weeks back about a company that's making a 500GB SSD drive, all they need now is to work on the prices of them and I'll be sold. :roll:
I think everyone would be sold if the price was just a little bit higher than HDDs :) Double the price on same size disks could be a real seller in the 64GB->256GB range.
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#7
mdm-adph
by: Laurijan

I have the feeling that solid-state disks are the future and will probably be used instead of mechanic drives sometime.
Well, I happen to know that solid-state disks are the future. ;)

Yes, I'm from the future.
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#8
Drac
I want it for desktops! and what is the price?
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#9
lemonadesoda
The SATA II SSD is comprised...
LOL. I think you need to fix that last sentence if quoting misnomers gets on your nerves.
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#10
Black Panther
Senior Moderator™
Is this one the same thing? http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-047-SA&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=910

I'm definitely going to wait for the price to go down though!!!

Reviewed by: Dave Miller

recipe for a happy database server:

1 x Dell Poweredge 2950 III
2 x Xeon E5345
8 x 4GB FB-DIMMs (32GB)
1 x PERC 6/i SAS/SATA Controller
1 x 8-drive 2.5" Backplane

8 x Samsung 64GB SSD Drives

Configure array to be RAID-10, install choice of operating system. Fire up MySQL and watch that baby churn - damn thing exceeded our expectations by a long way and its "cheap" compared with an enterprise SAN capable of handling the same IOPS ;-)

Only thing to ponder is how the SSD drives will handle repeated writes - apparantly that's "not a concern" according to manufacturers of these, but I'll have to wait 12 months and see.

Total cost:

'bout £8,000 for the server + support
'nother £4,500 for the SSDs

Benefits:

almost priceless ;) This sucker is fast.

We're a very happy user of these!



Sheeeet.... I need a drooling emoticon. A very big drooling emoticon!
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Mass Production should also mean lower prices :)
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#12
tomkaten
by: WarEagleAU
Mass Production should also mean lower prices :)
Exactly. Throw in some healthy competition (soon to come I hope) and in 3-4 years we might actually be able to buy SSD drives without any mortgaging going on :toast:
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#13
Mussels
Moderprator
i for one, will RAID two of these. the speeds would be immense, without the failure risk of mechanical drives.
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#14
CrAsHnBuRnXp
by: Black Panther

Sheeeet.... I need a drooling emoticon. A very big drooling emoticon!
Here ya go. :)

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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
i dont knwo where or how, but i have an idea of $349 as a release price for these at launch somehow.

Almost makes sense, since they're uber fast (think raptor prices here) and current SSD's are $500+ (if not $1K+)
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#17
zatblast
uh random question... whats the maximum read/write on current ssd drives? would imagine them to be very similar to my 4gb cruzer thumb drive... which i have never burnt any thumb drive out but theres also a theoretical max to how many times you can read/write to/from one... so what is that count for ssd?
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#18
erocker
I'll get one for sure if they're under $400 bucks.:D
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#19
ktr
Easily $2000 bucks...lucky if its around $1000.
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#20
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
The cost of setting six of these in a RAID 0 would easily fetch another decent gaming PC. Hope we get to have a 64GB drive for under $150.
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#21
lemonadesoda
They should also make 32GB "LEGACY COMPATIBLE" 2.5-inch versions with PATA connectors. That way we can all upgrade our old laptops for extra zing. After all... the HDD is usually the bottleneck in most laptops... and would provide a new leash of life for using laptops for email and basic office productivity software. Also, *bump* proof. PERFECT for business users.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: lemonadesoda
They should also make 32GB "LEGACY COMPATIBLE" 2.5-inch versions with PATA connectors. That way we can all upgrade our old laptops for extra zing. After all... the HDD is usually the bottleneck in most laptops... and would provide a new leash of life for using laptops for email and basic office productivity software. Also, *bump* proof. PERFECT for business users.
i think they'd rather stay with SATA, and make people upgrade. SATA works in desktops and laptops, whereas IDE had different versions (costs more to assemble)
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