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Micron intros "industry's fastest" SSD, uses SATA 6Gb/s

By Matthew ยท 49 replies
Dec 2, 2009
  1. Micron has announced the "industry's fastest" SSD, with about 50% better data transfer speeds than today's best consumer-grade flash drives. The company's RealSSD C300 is the first to embrace the SATA 6Gb/s and Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) 2.1 specifications, allowing it to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 355MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 215MB/s. The drive also represents Micron's first 34nm product, increasing the NAND flash chip density over its previous 50nm technology.

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  2. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Well it looks like SATA 3.0 is finally going to be needed, can't wait to see what kind of speeds can we expect to see in a couple years? Boot speed was rather fast, the HDD one was pathetic.
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    I just did a similar file transfer test using a 1.25 Folder full of pictures from my RAID array to one of my other HDDs and had a flash transfer speed of 857MB/second, after that it dropped to 400MB/s and then it was done. I can only imagine the kinds of ridiculousness can be obtained when RAID'ing a couple of these drives.

    PS. I'm running RAID 0 on two WD 640GB Blacks
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,281   +527

    Use a larger data set to get more accurate numbers Adhmuz - you can't possibly reach even 400 MB/s with only 2 spindles. Try using a single large file like an iso or zip/rar to get your best possible real numbers. Using bonnie++ I can only sustain 339 MB/s with 6 spindles and haven't benched again since adding a 7th in my array, but I wouldn't expect to surpass 400 even with my setup.
  5. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 716

    The windows boot time on that machine was incredible. It would be great to see a benchmark of these drives comparing SATA 2.0 and 3.0.
  6. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 124

    The speed difference I saw in the videos does in no way what so ever justify 5-10x the price.
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    :) Does not justify the price to *you*.
  8. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 177

    Apart from everything else covered in last and upcoming comments..
    It's been a while since the last time I saw a demo of SSD working..so im like "wow"..while watching the vid..
  9. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    I WANT IT !!!!!! :D
  10. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527   +8

    Hope they keep pushing the envelope on SSD drives and people with more money that i have keep buying them so that the price comes down ;-)
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,116   +13

    i knew SSD's were fast but man that boot up time was sick. i would think that 2 of those in raid 0 would be beyond faster than anything i could ever hope for. the prices of ssd's have come down alot since there release and i for one like that.
  12. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    I look forward to when I can afford the bad boys....Imagine just a year ago, micron had 1000+ offerings in this tech segment....
  13. Rapidhic

    Rapidhic TS Rookie Posts: 24

    ..Imagine everything games, heavy apps without even showing a loading screen or "Please Wait!".
  14. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 456   +40

    Nice... I was looking for a new SATA drive to add on to my computer, maybe I will get this :)
  15. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    BENCHMARK!!!!! I want to see benchmarks on these things. Techspot.com can you help a brother out?
  16. Interesting figures quoted for the opposition, given SATAII 128GB MLC drives with Indilinx and Samsung controllers tend to return read/write mb/s figures around 230-250/180-200. Sure the 64GB drives write at around 100mb/s but hey, Micron are releasing 128GB and 256GB drives here so how about comparing apples with something resembling apples.
  17. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    I can't seem to load the video. Im not sure if it was mentioned, but was the "industry's fasterst" monicker due to the fact that is uses Sata 6Gb or because of its read and write speeds? If its due to the Sata, then the drive itself isn't the fastest but just the adoption of the Sata. But i guess this statement says enough about its R/W potential: "allowing it to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 355MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 215MB/s". Doesn't seem to be the industry's fastest though.
  18. WakeMO

    WakeMO TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I dont know if this is such a big deal. The price is still outrageous
  19. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    @saintbodhisatva: The video is loading fine for me. Is anyone else having trouble?

    I believe Micron is calling the drive the "industry's fastest" due to its actual performance, and not simply because it uses SATA 6Gb/s.
  20. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,397   +625

    I think in the demo he said the drive was throttled down to 3Gb/s to make a more fair comparison.
  21. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    It looks pretty impressive, but still not fast enough or cheap enough to get me to upgrade yet. I'll wait for SATA 6Gb/s to be integrated into the next gen Intel or AMD chipsets.
  22. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Thanks for the data. oh, and now worries about the video, the problem is likely just on my end.
  23. ununpentium

    ununpentium TS Rookie

    Wow! Small and fast... About time too! Rotating-drives have been one of the main bottleneck in computer history... Our ear have heard more HDD squeaks than our girls' complaints... awful record!
    with Sata 6Gb/s SSDs can release their potential...
    I'd like to see a small but fast SSD in each computer become a standard; for example, like the integrated audio in modern motherboards...
    More and more small and fast... very good.
  24. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,424   +1,884

    I wish i had the money to these SSD's in raid. It would be like i upgraded my computer with 2 or 3 quad cores ^_^
  25. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Wow that thing is really fast, I'm definitely adding an SSD to my Christmas letter to Santa because for $700 I don't think I'm goint to be able to buy it.
    You can get this tipe of storage devices with certain laptops and PC but they are still expensive in this moment, I'm personaly waiting for USB 3.0 to be integrated in a laptop with Corei 7 and SSD to get a new laptop, I guess my old HP will have to wait longer for it's retirement.
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