Monday, July 20th 2009

Lexar Media Announces Next Generation Crucial M225 Solid-State Drives

Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced its revved-up line of Crucial solid-state drive (SSD) products - the fastest, highest capacity Crucial SSDs to date. The most dramatic change in this new generation of Crucial SSDs is the blazing-fast read and write speeds. The flagship 256 GB Crucial M225 SSD screams at an impressive 250 MB/sec read speed and a 200 MB/sec write speed. The new Crucial SSDs enhance system performance by improving operating system boot and application load times. They also utilize a SATA 2.0 (3 Gb/s) interface and feature MLC NAND flash components housed in an industry standard 2.5-inch drive enclosure, making a Crucial M225 SSD easy to install.

"By upgrading their system with a solid-state drive, mobile computer users will enjoy a faster, more rugged system with storage built for mobility. The fact that SSDs don't have any moving parts makes Crucial solid-state drives quieter, cooler, and more durable than traditional hard drives," said Robert Wheadon, Lexar Media's senior worldwide product marketing manager.

The benefits of an SSD aren't limited to notebooks; the Crucial SK01 External Drive Storage Kit (sold separately) is compatible with all three Crucial M225 solid-state drive products. This innovative device delivers the benefits of SSD technology to a user's desktop, or as a portable storage device via a USB port. The kit includes a 2.5-inch USB 2.0 external enclosure, a 3.5-inch SATA 3 Gb/s hot-swappable drive bay, and a 5.25-inch drive bay bracket. The Crucial SK01 kit comes with a five year limited warranty.

Visit crucial.com/ssd, crucial.com/uk/ssd, or crucial.com/eu/ssd to take advantage of free online tools, such as the Crucial SSD Advisor tool, which allows customers to find a compatible SSD simply by choosing their system make and model from a drop-down menu. Additionally, an online flash-based installation guide demonstrates how easy it is to install a Crucial M225 SSD.

Crucial SSDs are available in 64 GB (currently $169.99/GBP 104.99/Euro 120.99), 128 GB (currently $329.99/GBP 201.99/Euro 143.99), and 256 GB (currently $599.99/GBP 367.99/Euro 424.99) capacities online at crucial.com/ssd, crucial.com/uk/ssd, or crucial.com/eu/ssd, and through select channel partners. The new Crucial SSDs also feature a five year limited warranty.Source: BusinessWire
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13 Comments on Lexar Media Announces Next Generation Crucial M225 Solid-State Drives

#1
Aximous
Great, so everybody and his friend makes SSDs nowadays,
i think by now every computer buff knows the benefits of having one of these babes
But Reasonable Price is what everybody waiting for.
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#2
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
I just cant justify spending $170 for 64gb.
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#3
ShadowFold
I'm not buying anything until I can get a 200gb+ for around 100$. What's the point of these? I mean are they REALLY that much faster than two 60$ raid-0 7200rpm hard drives?
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#4
extrasalty
by: ShadowFold
I'm not buying anything until I can get a 200gb+ for around 100$. What's the point of these? I mean are they REALLY that much faster than two 60$ raid-0 7200rpm hard drives?
YES!:rockout:
I'm so impressed by the Indilinx 64 GB, that my laptop and server are getting 1 too.
Intel should be coming with their new generation drives tomorrow- I read they should be around $240 for 80 GB- let the price wars begin!
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#5
BazookaJoe
Agree - All this Hoo-Ha is well & great , and I have to admit that 200mb/s+ write, on a single drive, IS rather tempting, but the prices are still just silly.
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#6
Aximous
by: ShadowFold
I'm not buying anything until I can get a 200gb+ for around 100$. What's the point of these? I mean are they REALLY that much faster than two 60$ raid-0 7200rpm hard drives?
Well, in some aspects,Yes they are much faster than any Raid combination you can manage even with 10K rpm Raptors!
Anand has a fine in-depth review, check that out.
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#7
Breit
problem with raid-0 setups is that the access times are still the same as of a single hdd and for instance for your os-drive only the access times will matter... ;)

yeah but on the other hand all manufacturers claim fantastic transfer rates for their drives on the data sheets which really doesn't say anything about the true performance of the drive. maybe thats why someone can come to the conclusion that a bunch of cheap sata discs in a raid-0 setup can easily match the performance of a single ssd (transfer rates may be superior, but thats it).

...just wondering how this baby will compare to a seagate 15k.7?! 8)
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#8
Aximous
It doesn't matter how much fast a mechanical HDD spins, they'll never get close to access time or IO/s of a (non-Jmicron!) SSD!

Sigh ... i'm getting old yet have to wait a couple more years for my favorite gadgets to become mainstream..

^ Says: DAMN! i'm not gonna wait any longer! and promises to himself a great shopping spree
by the end of this fall
^
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#9
Breit
by: Aximous
It doesn't matter how much fast a mechanical HDD spins, they'll never get close to access time or IO/s of a (non-Jmicron!) SSD!

Sigh ... i'm getting old yet have to wait a couple more years for my favorite gadgets to become mainstream..

^ Says: DAMN! i'm not gonna wait any longer! and promises to himself a great shopping spree
by the end of this fall
^
maybe true, but accessing data on a ssd is slightly more complicated than accessing data on a hdd which may reduce your performance (only full block writes etc.)... ;)
but in the end only real world performance on YOUR applications matter, so that performance has to be shown. :)
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#10
tkpenalty
the only way that the prices of SSDs will come down is if there is a demand for it, and so far it seems that there isnt much of a demand for them because some people still insist a computer will run much better with a HDD and that MLC SSDs will never be reliable.
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#11
Aximous
Seems those people have never tested latest bunch of SSDs ( say Intel or Indilinx based):rolleyes:
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#12
farquaid
128 GB (currently $329.99/GBP 201.99/Euro 143.99)
Must be a typo on the 143 euro, it should probably be something like 243 euro.
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#13
Kitkat
by: freaksavior
I just cant justify spending $170 for 64gb.
EVER

by: ShadowFold
I'm not buying anything until I can get a 200gb+ for around 100$. What's the point of these? I mean are they REALLY that much faster than two 60$ raid-0 7200rpm hard drives?
fithed or whatver number of agreers u have already.

by: tkpenalty
the only way that the prices of SSDs will come down is if there is a demand for it, and so far it seems that there isnt much of a demand for them because some people still insist a computer will run much better with a HDD and that MLC SSDs will never be reliable.
at the mere menton of wd 1tb case is closed its just so much over for so little let them spin. spin spin my cares away.
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