*Updated* Speedy Crucial SATA 6Gbps SSDs Coming February

"Crucial aims to take the SSD speed crown with their RealSSD C300 series drive."

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Last month, DailyTech learned of a new series of drives coming out of Crucial, the RealSSD C300 series.  Sporting a proprietary controller from Marvell Technologies, this new drive is to be SATA 6Gbps compliant, allowing it to put out blistering sequential read speeds of 355 MB/s and write speeds of 255 MB/s.  With performance numbers like these, Crucial is clearly looking to take the crown in SSD performance.

"The Crucial RealSSD C300 drive is the fastest drive we’ve tested to date," said Robert Wheadon, Lexar Media's senior worldwide SSD product manager. “The big 'wow' factor for consumers is a marked improvement in boot-up times – the Crucial RealSSD C300 drive is blazing fast, like no other SSD we’ve ever seen in the Crucial Performance Lab.”

Frequently when a company claims to have the fastest drive, they only state their sequential speeds, ignoring the importance of random I/O at which the Intel X25-M series has dominated so far.  Not so with Crucial.  Third-party tester Calypso Systems has provided data (see graphs in scroller) showing impressive performance numbers out of the C300 series compared to Intel's drives.

According to DailyTech, the RealSSD series is expected to be available for sale next month in 128GB and 256GB varieties sporting a solid 5 year warranty.  At this point, there is no word on possible pricing.


Anand was given a hands-on preview of the drive yesterday at CES.  Powered by a new Marvell controller with a pair of ARM9 processors in parallel for SATA 6Gbps support, the C300 series utilizes faster 34nm ONFI 2.1 NAND flash to achieve its high speeds.  Micron has equipped the drives with write placement and garbage collection algorithms similar to those seen on Intel's X25-M series, though unlike Intel's, the C300 performs garbage collection while the drive is idle independent of the OS.

The drive will be available in 128GB and 256GB flavors expected to be priced at $399 and $799 respectively.  This puts the drives well in-line with the current pricing of Intel's drives.  If the C300 series really does outperform the X25-M series, Intel is going to pressed to do something about that.

To see the full report with its set of pictures and graphs, check it out at DailyTech here.

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29-12-2009, 10:26:48

2 x Bush 19" HD Digital TV's 4 sale

Full spec's

Bush LCD19W016HD 19 in. TV

• High Definition Ready.
• Integrated digital (freeview).
• 19in (48.3) widescreen TV with 48.3cm visible screen size.
• Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels.
• Brightness 300cd/m2.
• Contrast ratio 800:1.
• Viewing angle 160/160 degrees.


• 1 HDMI sockets.
• 1 SCART sockets
• PC Input socket..
• Component video socket.
• Composite.
• Headphone socket.
• S-video socket.

Sound Quality:

• Nicam sound.
• 70w RMS power output.

Freeview Features:

• Digital text.
• Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available.
• Auto setup.
• 7 day electronic programme guide.

Additional Features:

• Teletext.
• Fastext.
• UHF /VHF tuners.
• Auto setup.
• Auto search tuner.
• Auto search sorting.
• Auto search labelling.
• Child lock.
• Remote control.
• 230v AC mains operated.
• Complete with tabletop stand.
• Size of TV (H)42.0, (W)45.6 (D)12cm.
• Size of TV with stand (H)54.7, (W)45.6, (D)19cm.
• Weight of TV 5.95kg.
• Weight of TV and stand 6.2kg.
• Suitable for wall mounting (brackets not supplied).

One TV has stand Missing and is only good for wall mount

Work oky as second PC moniters but personly they were used as TV's


£80 For One with stand ONO inc P&P
£70 For One with out stand ONO inc P&P

29-12-2009, 10:40:16

Those prices do include P&P.

29-12-2009, 10:41:17

yup ono inc p&p i know the rules.

29-12-2009, 10:45:08

Thats not the same as P&P. ONO - On or Near Offer. Please can you just add "inc P&P" to post. Cheers.

30-12-2009, 02:03:13

i think what mayhem is saying...

ONO inc P&P means what its saying and its not breaking the rules.

his price includes Postage, but if you want to make him an offer of less for the overall deal , then go for it and that will be the final price including the postage..

30-12-2009, 05:32:33


i think what mayhem is saying...

ONO inc P&P means what its saying and its not breaking the rules.

his price includes Postage, but if you want to make him an offer of less for the overall deal , then go for it and that will be the final price including the postage..

MSM was right i edited it. I forgot to add P&P to the listing. But any one who knows and uses this F/S should allready know that post and packing is to be included in price. As per the rules.

10-01-2010, 07:36:40

So no ones intrested then ......

14-01-2010, 00:32:02

Any offers to these guys else they go up on ebay.

19-01-2010, 11:00:02

There going on ebay. please close off. Sahme as there Hi def TV's as well but sa la ve

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