Monday, August 15th 2016

Crucial Scraps the Ballistix TX3 PCIe SSD

Crucial today, in a statement to TechPowerUp stated that it has canceled the Ballistix TX3 PCIe solid-state drive launch. The company canceled the product on the basis of "prioritization of company resources and investments." The company however stated that it will continue to develop SSD products that target the gamer-enthusiast market that the Ballistix TX3 PCIe was intended for. "We are, however, continuing to explore potential opportunities for future gaming products and will provide an update as new plans are formalized," the company stated.

Crucial first unveiled the Ballistix TX3 at the 2016 Computex Expo, where it demonstrated its M.2 variants. The drives combined Silicon Motion's new SMI2260H processor with Micron-made 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The drive took advantage of 32 Gb/s PCIe and the new NVMe protocol to offer transfer rates up to four times higher than current performance-segment SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs.
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14 Comments on Crucial Scraps the Ballistix TX3 PCIe SSD

#1
natr0n
Pretty sure they want to keep the ballistix name for ram uses only.
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Ferrum Master
RIP Ballistix TX3, your sacrifice will be remembered. :laugh:
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Ferrum Master
The poll should have - I already own a nvme drive...
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EarthDog
natr0n
Pretty sure they want to keep the ballistix name for ram uses only.
Yeah, THAT is why they would scrap likely millions of R&D getting this drive where its at...o_O
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Ferrum Master
EarthDog
Yeah, THAT is why they would scrap likely millions of R&D getting this drive where its at...o_O
Because those aren't millions, it is probably a dev board for the silicon motion controller. Basic layout that they actually provide.
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Ahhzz
btarunr
Crucial today, in a statement to TechPowerUp stated that it has canceled the Ballistix TX3 PCIe solid-state drive launch. The company canceled the product on the basis of "prioritization of company resources and investments." The company however stated that it will continue to develop SSD products that target the gamer-enthusiast market that the Ballistix TX3 PCIe was intended for. "We are, however, continuing to explore potential opportunities for future gaming products and will provide an update as new plans are formalized," the company stated.

Crucial first unveiled the Ballistix TX3 at the 2016 Computex Expo, where it demonstrated its M.2 variants. The drives combined Silicon Motion's new SMI2260H processor with Micron-made 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The drive took advantage of 32 Gb/s PCIe and the new NVMe protocol to offer transfer rates up to four times higher than current performance-segment SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs.


What I wouldn't give to be able to grab a stack of those....
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EarthDog
Ferrum Master
Because those aren't millions, it is probably a dev board for the silicon motion controller. Basic layout that they actually provide.
Maybe...

That reasoning though, because of keeping the name, is still asinine, LOL!
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Ferrum Master
EarthDog
Maybe...

That reasoning though, because of keeping the name, is still asinine, LOL!
Who knows, maybe they stumbled upon a serious errata in the controller silicon working with this memory... They were stillborn since the beginning maybe.
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#10
EarthDog
Maybe again... that still doesn't make the reason of 'keeping the ballistix name' any less humorous. :)
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Ferrum Master
EarthDog
Maybe again... that still doesn't make the reason of 'keeping the ballistix name' any less humorous. :)
yeah... but it doesn't match intel's biggest canned flop - project Larrabee...

I often think why some product names are really so silly... like coming from the 80ties hairspray era often.

Like Ballistix Sport.


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Ferrum Master
Who knows, maybe they stumbled upon a serious errata in the controller silicon working with this memory...
That would be my guess too. Although it could be as simple as Crucial/Micron realising that they can't compete on price with Samsung/Toshiba. There's also the fact that the market for NVMe SSDs is still very small so maybe it's just not worth launching a product in that space. (Although, the Skylake Dell workstation I just got upgraded to uses an NVMe SSD.)
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
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That would be my guess too. Although it could be as simple as Crucial/Micron realising that they can't compete on price with Samsung/Toshiba. There's also the fact that the market for NVMe SSDs is still very small so maybe it's just not worth launching a product in that space. (Although, the Skylake Dell workstation I just got upgraded to uses an NVMe SSD.)
The market is small because no one uses it and no one uses it because the market is small. Just a decent NVMe drive at a decent price would be welcome to be honsest. Targeting gamers is a good idea too.
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#14
breakfromyou
I'm honestly not even all that surprised. With Samsung and OCZ having pretty great drives on the market, with the TX3 numbers far behind, why would they launch a "gaming" product that is far behind the competition?

Let's just hope they work on something competitive and reasonably priced. With a name that makes sense.
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