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SanDisk Focusing More On Desktop and Mobile SATA SSDs, Extreme II Series Tested

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the trying-it-out dept.

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MojoKid writes "Odds are, if you've purchased anything that uses Flash memory in the last 20 years or so, you already own a piece of SanDisk technology. The company has been in Flash storage since the late '80s and manufactures products used in everything from smartphones to digital cameras. Even though it enjoys a long history in the Flash memory business, SanDisk is perhaps not as well known for its Solid State Drive (SSD) solutions for desktop and mobile PCs. However, SanDisk recently expanded their product stack with new, high-performance SSDs that leverage the company's own NAND Flash memory and Marvell's popular 88SSS9187 controller. The new drives are SanDisk's Extreme II family of SSDs targeted performance enthusiasts, workstations professionals and gamers. The initial line-up of drives consists of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB models. Performance specifications for the three drives come in at 545MB/s – 550MB/s for reads with write performance from 340MB/s to 510MB/s, depending on density. In the benchmarks, SanDisk's Extreme II SSD showed it has the chops to hang with some of the fastest drives on the market from Samsung, Corsair and OCZ."

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you've got to be kidding me (4, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#44030523)

This blurb could not possibly have been written by a regular human interested in technology, unless there is a SanDisk fanclub I was previously unaware of.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (4, Insightful)

mcrbids (148650) | about a year ago | (#44030731)

As somebody closely following the development of SSD technology (that we use for our database servers) I would have to respectfully disagree.

You see, our results testing SSDs against PostgreSQL 9.1 showed that SSDs improved performance by at least 90%. In other words, queries, particularly the large, nasty, 10-table joins with combined inner, outter, and meta-table joins that our vertical application is rife with, take 10% or less time to run. That result isn't just dramatic, it's a game-changer. But the truth is that even that isn't enough. Being able to saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III link in a random access read-load is fine and dandy, but write performance is also a very big deal, especially since our system is highly transactional and transaction wait states are painful.

In short, unlike CPUs, SSD technology is still immature enough that every bit of good news counts quite a bit.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (2)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#44030811)

Personally, I'm more interested in durability. And I'm very suspicious that planned obsolescence plays a big part in this market.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#44030851)

The part that bugged me is the idea of fixing an obviously badly broken application by just throwing more hardware at it. Although doing this with hardware of dubious reliability does seem like a recipe for disaster.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031011)

While there is a lot of 'eh, hardware will speed it up' in managerial circles, there are more situations where the problem is just sufficiently non-trivial that it would be impractical with older technology.

I must ask, do you consider research into quantum computing to just be 'throwing more hardware' at NP-hard computing problems?

Re:you've got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031681)

I must ask, do you consider research into quantum computing to just be 'throwing more hardware' at NP-hard computing problems?

No, I consider it half-baked pseudo-science and groveling for grant money by using the most hyped buzzwords available.

After a dozen years of trying to find one -just one! - actual physical example of quantum computing, working to solve any problem whatsoever, all I have ever found is simulations on fairly standard hardware (that solve the problem of obtaining funding).

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44031853)

I must ask, do you consider research into quantum computing to just be 'throwing more hardware' at NP-hard computing problems?

That's a completely stupid analogy. NP-hardness is an ultimate limit (for now, at least) but there's probably lots of sloppily coded databases which can enjoy great performance increases today by just someone doing sane software optimization.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

Firehed (942385) | about a year ago | (#44034843)

Using a JOIN is not a sign of a badly broken application; on the contrary, it generally indicates you have well-normalized data. We've shied away from using them in the past because they're inherently reliant on data scattered across the disk, and until SSDs came around accessing the non-sequential data proved too expensive in many cases.

This exactly the kind of problem that you *should* throw hardware at, because this kind of hardware (storage with near-zero latency) is the right tool for the job. We've just historically performed a lot of software-based workarounds because we were forced to use the wrong tool (storage with relatively high latency; i.e. spinning platters), either because SSDs didn't exist or were prohibitively expensive.

I agree about the reliability concerns, but all forms of long-term storage we have will eventually fail. If you're doing something mission-critical without accounting for that... stop.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

mcrbids (148650) | about a year ago | (#44035069)

It's like people are afraid of using a tool (SQL) to do what it does best: join relevant slices of data from a large set of data! (generally called a "database")

When did it become preferred to use SQL more like a NoSQL like file store? No wonder some people are claiming that NoSQL is "better"!

We use ORM for editing data, EG: CRUD. But for the types of complex reports that our customers ask for, there's no higher god than a good, well-written SQL query. Even though some queries take a while (5 seconds isn't unheard of) doing it any other way has (over and over) proven to be far slower and more error prone.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | about a year ago | (#44035933)

I'm confused like you, if you're going to use SQL, use it properly. If you want a big flat file of data, just write it out as a pickled Python object or something.

Properly normalized data with properly maintained indexes is efficient and fast despite the people with crap drives trying to prove otherwise.

Re: you've got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44035829)

no your not, since you would know that durability has not been an issue in three years. You are just trying to rationalize your penchant for being cheap, while ignoring cost/transaction.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about a year ago | (#44030841)

Maybe so, but these performance numbers appear to be on par with the competition. I'm not sure what's of particular interest here other than someone is pointing out that SanDisk is a company making competitive products despite not being known as an SSD manufacturer. Sounds more like an advertisement than a news story.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (2)

samkass (174571) | about a year ago | (#44030981)

Didn't we JUST have an article about the new MacBook Air's PCIe SSD getting 700-800MB/s in both read and write? Now a pseudo-press release claiming that 500MB/s is keeping up with the competition? All you're proving with ~500MB/s is that you can keep up with SATA.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about a year ago | (#44031055)

That's not a competing product, that's a whole computer....and an advertisement for Apple.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#44033875)

That is like saying nobody has a competitive car unless they can smoke a Ferrari. The Apple solution frankly has more in common with the old RAMDrives that also use PCIe than to a modern SSD drive which not only costs a hell of a lot less but is compatible with older systems.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

LDAPMAN (930041) | about a year ago | (#44034503)

There is actually no reason PCI connected storage should cost more than SATA connected storage. There is also no reason for it to be limited to Apple. Others will get around to it eventually and SSDs in their current form will only be around to support legacy systems.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#44037261)

Because modern PCs are set up all stupid? if you have ANY graphics card in damned near every board except for the high end gamer boards you can't use the PCIe 1X slot because it will be fucking BLOCKED. is it stupid? Fuck yeah its stupid, i don't know how many times i have complained on Mobo OEMs websites about how if they want to stick a slot right next to the X16 it needs to be one of the shitty PCI that most people will never use anyway, but instead they just keep putting the damned things so close to the x16 that even a single slot card will roast because the fans won't be able to turn, fucking stupid.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44037433)

You don't want PCIe 2.0 x1 for a SSD anyways, it maxes at ~360MB/s.
As for "no board has a sane slot layout"...
Asrock B75/P75/ZH77 series
MSI B75/Z77/ZH77 series
Asus P8B75/Z77 series
Note: most of those are well <$100, and I'd certainly not classify any of them "high end gamer board".

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#44041487)

So Crossfire boards are NOT "gamer boards"? Because that is what you listed, except for the second one which only has a PCIe 1X which you just said would be worthless for this purpose.

BTW just FYI but you probably want to avoid Asus and Asrock for the next few months as they are merging and nobody knows WTF is gonna be the final result, whether they will keep the Asrock boards and just have Asus do the laptops, or maybe they will kill Asrock altogether and just have Asus or what. This is coming from someone who really likes Asrock boards and whose home system runs on Asrock but until they figure out WTF the final company is gonna be you should be warned you run the serious risk of buying a board that is quickly abandoned.

You're missing the point of the comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031917)

It's not that SSDs aren't cool, it's that the summary is pretty clearly an advertising blurb for one company.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44032221)

In other words, queries, particularly the large, nasty, 10-table joins with combined inner, outter, and meta-table joins that our vertical application is rife with, take 10% or less time to run.

Out of idle curiousity, what kind of tool would you use to build and test a query like that?

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

gazbo (517111) | about a year ago | (#44033653)

Vim? Joining 10 tables is a ballache in terms of typing, but it's not actually /hard/ - any more than writing a function with 10 statements is hard. You just need to step away from the ORM long enough to realise that actually relational databases are perfectly logical and easy (well, as easy as any other programming) despite what various frameworks have screamed at you for years.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (2)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#44033717)

While I don't know about any fanclub I have to say their MP3 players, especially the M and E series? Fricking great, no matter how much abuse you throw at the things they just keep on trucking.

Now for a question...anybody who has had Sandisk SSDs, how long did it last? If it failed HOW did it fail, did it go read only or did it go tits up in the controller and take your data with it?

The reason i ask is I have some gamer customers that use SSDs and these MLC SSDs? Frankly the failure rate is just nuts. Its like things have gotten worse since coding horror put out the hot/crazy scale article [codinghorror.com] talking about how for all this hot performance you pay for it with crazy failure rates. I don't know how many others are seeing this (they might want to chime in if they are seeing the same or different) but with the gamers it really don't seem to matter what brand you get, the controller WILL go and when it does poof! Hope you had a backup because your data just went bye bye.

This is why I have been recommending the hybrids (those fail safe since they always have a copy on the HDD) or caching drives because the failure rate is just too damned high on the SSDs. With the spinning rust honestly unless its REALLY abused they last for a pretty long time, but I'm not seeing this with MLC SSDs, if anything I'm seeing the opposite where with every shrink the failure rates get worse.

Finally let me say since I always get one reply that is basically "U be hatin" I don't think the technology itself is bad, just the implementation as far as i can see. I mean talking to friends that admin high end systems those SLC SSDs? Those are fine, and there are roles where I recommend an SSD despite the failure rate such as laptops where the lack of moving parts and users keeping more and more of their data in the cloud make it worth the risk.

Its just the new MLCs from what I have seen have by and large had pretty shitty failures rates and unlike HDDs where I can often get most if not all the data off a failing drive once an SSD fails that is pretty much that. so is everybody else seeing similar results, or is it just my gamer customers? Oh and before anybody says it NO they are NOT using OCZ drives, everybody knows about the crazy fail rate with those.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44037395)

No idea about sandisk, we've been using Samsung 830 and later 840 pro in our custom builds.
So far out of ~1200 machines we had 2 failures.
Both were 128GB 830s, both same symptoms of < 40MB/s linear read and even slower writes, no amount of trimming or secure erasing would bring them back to normal performance. RMAed, no hassles.
As for spinning rust... let's just say I don't know any consumer HD series that manages < 1% AFR over the first 3 years.

Re:you've got to be kidding me (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#44041539)

Sadly the only place you are gonna get the HDDs with the insanely low failure rates is scoring some NOS, as Samsung and Hitachi both had crazy low failure rates but they got bought out by Seagate and WD so I expect their drives to have the shitty failure rates of those 2 companies quick enough. Kinda sad when even a low rent company like Maxtor had better numbers when it came to failures before Seagate bought them,but if there is one thing I have learned its avoid Seagate consumer drives like an STD.

Product stack. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44030645)

What a silly-sounding phrase. Carry on.

Good article stubbed its toe once (0)

fnj (64210) | about a year ago | (#44030703)

Quite informative piece, but Hothardware spells it "terra-bytes".

Intel disk fell off the radar? (1)

udachny (2454394) | about a year ago | (#44030805)

The light blue line on the graphs that on page 2 was marked as "Intel 520 Series (240GB)" on the following page was marked as "OCZ Vertex 3.20 (240GB)" and on the rest of the pages Intel was missing as well.

Was that an error in editing or what?

Re:Intel disk fell off the radar? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44031963)

Actually the colors change for other disks too, but the Intel is actually replaced by a Samsung one when moving from page 2 to 3. There's indeed something flunky going on in the article.

Endurance (4, Interesting)

fnj (64210) | about a year ago | (#44030813)

Personally I couldn't care less if the write throughput is 300, 400 or 500 MBps, but the write endurance of 80 TB, combined with the pseudo-SLC intermediate cache look pretty promising for home use. Intel 335 only specs 18 TB endurance.

Re:Endurance (4, Informative)

0123456 (636235) | about a year ago | (#44030925)

I can't vouch for the modern SSDs, but I've had an X25-M in my netbook for years, it's used every day, and it's now reporting that it's down to 99% of its write capacity. At that rate the netbook will be in a museum long before the SSD dies.

Re:Endurance (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031271)

I wouldn't try too hard to convince the "Derpability" crowd. There seems to be an vocal minority idea that if a SSD can't beat a platter drive in every conceivable way, then it's clearly unusable in any market for any reason. Forget the fact that we invented RAID as a way to mitigate the fact that hard drives are the least reliable part in a computer, this SSD can't work because it has a possibility of failure.

Re:Endurance (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44032041)

I wouldn't try too hard to convince the "Derpability" crowd.

I would. There's a known solution to derpability problems, which may start becoming commonplace as feature sizes decrease to 8nm. The endurance of an SSD can be increased dramatically by designing the chips to bake [arstechnica.com] their floating gates periodically.

Re:Endurance (1)

dfghjk (711126) | about a year ago | (#44038563)

"Forget the fact that we invented RAID as a way to mitigate the fact that hard drives are the least reliable part in a computer,.."

"We" didn't "invent RAID", "we" had nothing to do with it. Credit the creators of RAID for what they did. You clearly weren't part of that team.

No, RAID was not invented " to mitigate the fact that hard drives are the least reliable part in a computer". RAID was developed to enable lower cost drives to be useful in higher performance applications. Part of that is the need to use those drives in *quantity*, and it's quantity that causes potential availability problems with data. The "R" in RAID, Redundant, was a consequence of the goal, not the goal itself.

Finally, hard drives are not "the least reliable part in a computer". Far from it.

Re:Endurance (3, Informative)

fnj (64210) | about a year ago | (#44031391)

The X-25M had a write endurance of 7.5 TB for the 80 GB, and 15 TB for the 160 GB. If you've got the 160 and write an average of 100 MB per day, that's only 0.18 TB in 5 years, or barely more than 1% of the endurance. If on the other hand you wrote 10 GB a day (about two DVDs' worth), that would be 18 TB, and the drive would be likely shot. An HDD has infinite endurance. It can die from various failure modes, but not from "using up" the magnetic storage medium.

It completely depends on how much data you write.

Re:Endurance (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#44032661)

Because the heads pivot back and forth on the same bearing in the same spot for ages, I'd guess that HDDs have a maximum amount of seeking they can do before they fail, whereas SDDs have a maximum amount of writing they can do...

Re:Endurance (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#44033603)

Every time someone gives numbers like these, I look at my laptop's uptime and disk write counters and see what they say. Apparently I've written an average of about 13GB/day since my last reboot. This machine has a 256GB SSD, so if the write endurance scales linearly with the size as your numbers imply (assumes near-perfect wear levelling), this would give it a 24TB limit. I'd reach that limit in just over 5 years, which is a bit longer than the typical time that I use a laptop as my primary machine. It's probably adequate - I feel very nervous using hard disks that are over that age. I'd feel a lot happier with something a bit further away from the 5-year mark though...

Re:Endurance (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | about a year ago | (#44036005)

My primary desktop has done 97GB in five days, so about 20GB/day and to be fair, I haven't done any coding or torrents on it this week ... which is why I only use an SSD as a boot drive.

Re:Endurance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44037333)

A 256GB Samsung 830 (yes, 830. not 840.) is rated for 240TB host writes. That's 11 years at 60GB/day.

Re:Endurance (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#44037387)

That's a bit closer to what I was expecting. Last time I did these calculations, I came up with a figure of something like 100 years at my usage pattern. Seeing this drop to 5 years is somewhat alarming, but not too far off the trends we've seen with decreasing numbers of rewrites per cell in modern flash.

Re:Endurance (1)

dfghjk (711126) | about a year ago | (#44038633)

"An HDD has infinite endurance."

No it doesn't, it just doesn't have the same parts that are being measured in this specific way. All devices, mechanical or electrical, can "wear" out.

It is also important in heavy load applications, which inherently exist in these asinine discussions, to normalize the wear rate of a device to the rate it is handling load. It wouldn't matter if an SSD wore out in 5 years in a given application if a HDD couldn't do the job at all.

Re:Endurance (1)

Hatta (162192) | about a year ago | (#44032011)

Would you really expect capacity to run out linearly? Write balancing means that you should expect every bit of flash to be written roughly the same amount on average. That means once you start losing the ability to write to some cells, you can expect more cells to fail in short order.

Re:Endurance (1)

0123456 (636235) | about a year ago | (#44032153)

Would you really expect capacity to run out linearly?

I believe Intel's capacity reporting in the SMART data for the drive is roughly linear. If I remember correctly, there's a separate indicator for the percentage of spare blocks in use after existing blocks begin to fail.

Re:Endurance (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44032607)

SSD reliability is a function of its total capacity, and write cycles per cell. Double the capacity makes for double the time to first cell failure. Ten times the cell write cycle gives ten times longer lifetime. Nice and linear relations, in other words.

Take a consumer drive with only 1000 writes per cell, and only 64 GB capacity, and write 24 GB per day, and you would start seeing the first failures after about 6.3 years, or about 55 TB. So to go all the way down to 18 TB (writing 1 GB every hour for two years), that drive would have to be only ~20 GB. Now, why you would use a tiny, presumably old, consumer drive for something like that, is beyond me. But, yes, given enough work, you are able to reach the limit of the smallest and cheapest SSD drives. Scale those numbers up though, to say 10k write cycles and 256 GB capacity, and you'd have to write for 256 years or 2.2 peta bytes before you hit the first cell failure.

Put in a different way: The SSD reliability issue is a myth, and anybody complaining about it have not done their homework.

Source for numbers above:
http://hblok.net/ssd-reliability [hblok.net]

SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (0)

TerminaMorte (729622) | about a year ago | (#44030935)

Not firmware updates for the majority of their drives. Spend the extra $5 for a company who supports their products

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031037)

What do you need firmware updates for? Are there bugs that need fixing in firmware?

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (2)

TerminaMorte (729622) | about a year ago | (#44031407)

SDSSDH-120G-G25 has known firmware issues, with no firmware coming out for it.

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031477)

Sometimes yes. And performance improvements too.
Moreover, when a drive has lots of active firmware releases you know that the company is actively supporting it and issues are being looked at. This is a good sign that the company cares about the product and that you'll get a good return on your investment over the lifetime of the product.

Even if you don't plan to or don't need to update the firmware, it's something that you should look for when making a purchase decision.

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44031197)

Recent sand force based drives are pretty good from all makers. Still, I get the impression that Sandisk just sticks whatever lowest bidder flash chips they can get at the moment in to the drives.

I'd stick to Intel or Samsung. Both of those companies have end-to-end control over the controller chip, firmware, and flash chips that go in to their drives.

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44033181)

I think you have that backwards... Sandisk makes their flash, Intel and Samsung both buy theirs, IIRC.

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44037303)

Wrong. Completely wrong.
Guess what the I in IMFT flash stands for (hint: M is Micron).
Samsung also has their own fabs.
Sandisk... doesn't. They buy bulk flash in wafers and backgrind/dice/bin/package it.

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44038967)

I have no desire to perpetually shout "no u" but I happen to work in storage for a fairly large company that deals directly with both Intel and Sandisk.

http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4217870/Toshiba-SanDisk-NAND-flash-fab

Sandisk owns a partnership with Toshiba for nand fab. They actually have an ownership stake in several fabs,

Intel has a partnership with Micron. Micron actually prints the Intel name on their chips. But Micron is still the owner, not Intel.

Samsung was the only one I wasn't completely sure of. But it appears you are correct, and they own fabs as well.

Re:SandDisk doesn't support their SSDs (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44032015)

Not firmware updates for the majority of their drives. Spend the extra $5 for a company who supports their products

Actually I'd rather support a company which releases polished products which do not need to be patched up afterwards.

So what... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44030965)

I'm a happy owner of a 2-year-old Corsair Force GT of 120 Gb that achieves 550MB/s reading and 515MB/s writing, so what's the interest in these lower-spec drives?

mSATA (1)

ssam (2723487) | about a year ago | (#44031089)

no mSATA form factor?

(I am currently deciding which mSATA ssd to put in my x230 alongside the 500GB HD.)

Sandisk's own flash? (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about a year ago | (#44031121)

From what I knew, Sandisk always sourced flash from Toshiba and provided it in all sorts of interfaces - CF, SD, micro SD, memory stick, even Fuji/Olympus' xD picture cards. So if anything was surprising, it was that they were not in the SSD market earlier

Probably b'cos they've managed to get the flash at the cost levels needed to be able to support SSD at its price points.

I wonder what will happen (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#44031421)

Hmmm, I wonder how custom PC builders will react to this release? Ohhhhh that's right, I am one. Let's see, 120GB Extreme 2 = $129.99 on newegg. A Vertex 4 is $119 on newegg. And oh look, a Samsung 840 non-pro is $99 and has similar read performance and acceptable write performance and weighs less and has higher reviews. So that's the end of that. Honestly, from 2011 - late 2012 I paid $80 for any given 120-128GB SSD that was top quality. Now at $130, none of my customers are approving the build cost so they're dreaming at $129 with that nothing-special controller in it.
The Vertex 4's are cheaper, faster, and run an internal TRIM command via the firmware if your OS or board doesn't support TRIM plus they have secure wiping software so you can use them in the medical field for example (the wear leveling rearrangement makes Killdisk and DBAN not erase 100% of the bits). Definitely superior.

Re:I wonder what will happen (2)

lightknight (213164) | about a year ago | (#44032781)

Ah, OCZ, the SSD company with the highest rate of failure I've seen thus far. Granted, the earlier Vertex drives were supposedly responsible for much of that failure, but for the life of me, I cannot understand the popularity of this company.

Now Corsair on the other hand...;-)

Re:I wonder what will happen (1)

dfghjk (711126) | about a year ago | (#44038703)

You are a custom PC builder that promotes OCZ? I guess that's how the bell curve gets filled out.

After you use one, you'll understand why you are wrong.

Price per GB still a showstopper (1)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | about a year ago | (#44031561)

Yeah, SSDs are all the rage now, but they're no match to spinning platters when it comes to $ per GB, which's really what matters to anyone who's not a gamer or DBA.

I'm not going to pay around $1 per GB just to see Windows start up faster.

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (4, Insightful)

TerminaMorte (729622) | about a year ago | (#44031607)

You might pay the extra $ for your laptop computer, in order to save power and lower the risk of failure due to dropping.

I know I'd never go back for my laptop, personally

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#44031955)

Right now, SSDs aren't a *economic* replacement for hard drives. But, if you're willing to shell out more for performance, then they're viable replacements. I'm running a 512MB SSD in my laptop for the OS (data on a hard drive RAID-1). I know there are organizations using SSDs for high-performance RAID-10s which is a great application if you've got the coin.

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (2)

baka_toroi (1194359) | about a year ago | (#44032109)

I'm running a 512MB SSD in my laptop

Do you have MS-DOS 6.22 as your main OS?

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44032657)

Actually, even Windows 95 was still comfortable on a 512MB disk.

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#44035243)

touche ;)

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (1)

dfghjk (711126) | about a year ago | (#44038783)

What application would a mirroring SSD RAID configuration be "great" for? SSDs do their own "striping" and error correction internally, so what is the failure mode that's so important that RAID-10 SSD would be "great"?

I find consistently that people who talk about RAID don't understand RAID, whether its /. or anywhere else. Self-proclaimed IT experts and architects consistently demonstrate this failure as well. Just look at the morons who proclaim RAID-5 to be dead and RAID-6 about to be because disks are too big. It takes an understanding of what you are trying to accomplish and how to use the parts to make a "great" application. Mirroring SSDs is a pretty low bar.

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (2)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#44032623)

My computers each have more than one drive. It generally makes sense to have an SSD as a boot/software drive, and spinning rust for the large media files.

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44033357)

Yeah, SSDs are all the rage now, but they're no match to spinning platters when it comes to $ per GB, which's really what matters to anyone who's not a gamer or DBA.

I'm not going to pay around $1 per GB just to see Windows start up faster.

You have obviously never used a computer thats had an SSD upgrade. The increase in performance and load times are astounding.

Re:Price per GB still a showstopper (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44037557)

Yeah, HDs are all the rage now, but they're no match to tape when it comes to $ per GB, which's really what matters to anyone who's not a gamer or DBA.

Cue music (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | about a year ago | (#44035319)

Yeah, I'm a nerd, I guess. As soon as I started reading the summary I thought of the song "Return of the Mack," except as "Return of the Slashvertisement." But I did like the subtle juxtaposition of two statements: "The company has been in Flash storage since the late '80s and manufactures products used in everything from smartphones to digital cameras." and "In the benchmarks, SanDisk's Extreme II SSD showed it has the chops to hang with some of the fastest drives on the market from Samsung, Corsair and OCZ." So a market leader is finally catching up? Sorry, don't really care, though for the sake customers buying on name recognition I hope their drives don't fail as soon as the OCZ crap they're now on par with.
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