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A-Data Ready with SATA 6 Gb/s and Turbo SSDs

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  1. btarunr

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    A-Data showed off two lines of 2.5" internal SSDs, the S501 and S596 Turbo. The S501 uses the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and has transfer rates that could use the additional bandwidth at its disposal. The S501 reads at 350 MB/s, and writes at 200 MB/s. It makes use of 34 nm MLC NAND flash chips, and 128 MB of cache. It will be available in capacities of up to 512 GB.

    The S596 Turbo is a upgraded version of the original S596, it uses SATA 3 Gb/s and mini USB 2.0 interface. The 128 MB of cache in place is of DDR2 type. The SSD can read at speeds of up to 280 MB/s, and write at 180 MB/s. It is available in capacities of up to 256 GB.

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    512GB. Nice. Too bad i don't even want to know the price...
     
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    as if SSD's werent already stupidly expensive now they will add another price premium ontop for the 6Gbps interface/controller.

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    Id like to see W1zzard get hold of one & bench to see what sort of scores comes up compared to the standard. 3gbps interface, but i highly doubt its gonna be worth paying extra
     
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    holy crp 300 readds??? SSDs are really climbing me likey
     
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    I wish i had money for those SSDs because my OS HDD died on me just days ago (mechanical model).
     
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    writes are more important than that to me, vertex 2, you are staying by my side :D
     
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    Is the S501 based on the Intel drive?
     
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    Re: Intel controller inside - very doubtful given the write speeds - unless of course it is internally RAIDed. It could however be using Intel MLC chips, since they do sell them to others.

    Re: Prices, it's pretty safe to assume it's in the ballpark of $2.40 - $3.40 / GB street price, barring sales. They ALL cost that much. Usually after every SSD announcement, there are a bunch of comments expressing sentiments along the lines of "..OMG [drive X] is so expensive, I'll stick with my Raptors." The prices don't really vary that much, so I'm not sure what people are expecting from companies like A-Data or OCZ - they just use off the shelf components, it's not like they can slash prices to 1/3 of current levels since they can't control manufacturing costs.
     
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    http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3...marvell_controlled_400mb_s_preview/index.html

    Nope, not an Intel. I wrote that up last night from the tests at the booth. It is now the next day and I have the drive with me here. NCQ was broken on the controller but we now have it here and can test on the X58A-UD7 just like I test at home. The Vantage tests should go up quite a bit. There are also some new, very shocking things that you will just have to wait to read about when I have the full preview finished.

    PS - time ran out at the show so I didn't get to run my 4K and 4K QD tests so we had no idea NCQ was broke on the controller until today when I went back to finish my testing.

    It is Friday night in Taipei....you will have to wait until I get my freak on at Luxy before I start testing here at Cams.
     
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    I just hate how it seems like with every new SSD that someone comes out with (baring Intel) that they always seem to switch to the latest and greatest controller at the moment. It makes it almost impossible to decide if the SSD I'm looking at is pretty good for the price or pretty average unless I can figure out what controller it uses and that's another chore all together trying to track down a review that shows that.

    You guys should do a kind of guide like Pcper has done with their SSD reviews (SSD decoder ring). It makes thumbing through all the SSDs out there to find if you have a review of the one I'm looking at and what controller it uses.
     
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    I do an article every three to four months called The State of Solid State. I had to put it off an extra month this round since I knew we had some exclusive stuff coming at the show.

    Another way you can get the latest info is to just read the article. Right now, the SandForce SF-1200 is better than the C300 in 120-128GB capacity. I will have the larger SandForce in soon, maybe even this week. From what I can see right now thought the C300 takes the 240-256GB catagory. I have been gone for a week and a half so I will have to check on the pricing info.
     

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