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SanDisk Corp., a leading producer of flash memory-based products, on Tuesday said it had started shipments of its new solid-state drives. But while the new SSDs offer ten-years limited warranty, they only boast, according to the maker, with performance of 7200rpm-class hard disk drives.

SanDisk plans to offer its G3 SSDs with 60GB and 120GB capacities as well as rather absolutely unprecedented warranty of 10 years via the U.S. and UK e-commerce sites with prices of $229.99 and $399.99 respectively, something can hardly be understood, considering declared performance: 7200rpm hard disk drive. Nevertheless, SanDisk proclaims a number of other valuable advantages:

  • SanDisk G3 SSD has sequential performance of up to 220MB/s read speed and up to 120MB/s write speed. The number is only valid for Trim command-enabled systems.
  • Lower maintenance costs: By replacing standard HDDs with SanDisk G3 SSDs, users can defer laptop purchase costs and reduce maintenance requests associated with disk drive failure.
  • SanDisk G3 support Trim feature of modern operating systems.

"SanDisk believes in an uncompromising development approach which insists that an SSD's long term reliability and durability are just as important as its overall speed. We're leveraging our long history of flash memory and retail expertise to bring the SanDisk G3 SSD to market,” said Eric Bone, vice president, retail product marketing, SanDisk.

Tags: SanDisk, Flash, SSD

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7200rpm speeds, twice the warranty, 4 times the price. While the warranty is good, it kind of needs to be. Several friends who have recently bought SSD's have had drives fail within months, one was defective on arrival. All got replaced under warranty, but did surprise me given that they are solid state and all, I figured they would be more reliable than mechanical drives.

Seems to me SSD manufacturers would be better off targeting speed over price, because thats the area that SSD's dominate mechanical drives. Making a SSD with similar speeds to a HDD in an effect to be affordable seems pointless when you are looking at such a large $ per GB difference.
0 2 [Posted by: genie  | Date: 02/24/10 03:53:14 AM]
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These drives are designed for performance. And to make them more appealing to professional users they extend their warranty to attract more customers. Not that SSDs really dont need them as mentioned above. In fact these warranties in storage world mean next to nothing and all manufacturers rely onto fact that no serious business would use it after 2-3yr time and certainly not as some pricey storage solution. So it's building good reputation with no real intents, or at least hoping for usual practice that as time passes by hardware becomes very recent obsolete.

It's good news after all if these warranty wouldn't be country limited, and if they don't abruptly revoke them as IBM did in Deathstar times (from promised 36 month warranty back to mere 12 month) or recently Seagate after 7200.11 massive failure reduce consumer drives warranty from so much advertised 60 month to usual 36 month. Not that we really need all that 60 month but that's false marketing practice as usual.
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