Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Icy News: SanDisk Launches New Ultra SSD Line

"SanDisk announced their new Ultra SSD line, offering SATA II drives aimed at customers looking to bring new life to old systems. Offered in three capacities ranging from 60 to 240GB, these SSDs have speeds topping at 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write. With prices starting as low as $129.99, these drivers are aimed with budget shoppers in mind.
The SanDisk Ultra SSD comes out at an interesting point, where many SATA III drives are hitting the market, some with nearly double the transfer speeds. SanDisk aims this new product at shoppers with older systems, most of which still use hard drives and don't have newer motherboards that support SATA 6Gb/s transfer speeds.
SanDisk Ultra SSD Specifications:
Available Capacities – 60GB, 120GB, 240GB
Transfer Speeds: Up to 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write
Interface: SATA II (3Gb/s)
Operating temperature: 0˚C to 60˚C
Power Active: 0.43W
Shock Resistant: 1500G @ 0.5 msec
Vibration: 2.17gRMS, 5– 700Hz
TBW: 40, 80, and 128TB for 60, 120, and 240GB models respectively
The SanDisk Ultra SSD line is currently for sale on retailers such as NewEgg, with sale prices as low as $179.99 for the 120GB model" - via Storage Review

SanDisk releasing a SSD for older devices is a pretty neat idea, and the specifications are decent, although not top of the line, given who the target customer is. Will you be purchasing this type of drive for the price that they have it at? Or wait until the price goes down? As always, feel free to let us know!

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