Super Talent puts SSD reliability to the test

By Justin Mann on May 20, 2008, 3:13 PM
Reliability is a key area in which SSDs are trying to stand themselves apart from traditional disks. Given that they are still in the “astronomical” category of cost per gigabyte, it's no surprise that SSD vendors are trying to push such advantages into the spotlight.

Super Talent went a bit further recently to prove how rugged and reliable an SSD can be. The test was interesting to say the least, putting the drive on top of a paint shaker while it was running live with an OS installed and a game playing. According to Super Talent, one of their MasterDrive SSDs survived 40 minutes on top of the paint shaker, something that would be next to impossible for a mechanical disk to achieve without experiencing a head crash.

At $670 for a 120GB drive, there's definitely an “ouch” the drive has on the wallet. But if you travel a lot and have a habit of dropping your laptop, perhaps those $670 are well worth it knowing your data will remain intact. While it's easy to see why an SSD would be more resistant to shock and other trauma when running versus a mechanical disk, they make no mention of disks that are powered off – modern disks can withstand quite a bit of torture when they aren't being used.

You can read the complete press release and watch the video of the SSD running after the jump.

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Soul Harvester said:
Super Talent Laptop SSD?s Tolerate Extreme VibrationMasterDrive SSD Survives the Paint Shaker TestSan Jose, California ? May 20, 2008 ? Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today released a video report that demonstrates the exceptional vibration resistance of its line of MasterDrive solid state drives (SSDs).The test consists of a Super Talent MasterDrive SSD mounted on top of a paint shaker. The Windows? Vista? operating system and Tomb Raider game were installed on the SSD and the game was played for over 40 minutes while the SSD was shaking like crazy. Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James said, ?It?s obvious when you see this video that no hard drive could sustain that kind of beating. Our MasterDrive SSDs, on the other hand, with no moving parts, are made for exactly this type of torture.?The drive used in this test is the MasterDrive MX, part number FTM20GK25H, which is a 120GB SSD that retails for about $670 at NewEgg and NewBiiz. Super Talent will showcase it?s complete range of Flash and DRAM products at the Computex Convention in Taipei June 3-7 at Nangang Hall Area 4F #N518.
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