Super Talent 128GB SATA II SSD

Packaging and Appearance

Packaging and Appearance
 
Super Talent use generic packaging for all of their SSD drives: the outer packaging itself features a cut through picture of an SSD drive but does not present any real information to the customer. 
 
Super Talent Box Super Talent Box Back
 
The only way to tell what drive is contained within the packaging is via the small barcode sticker on the back of the packaging.  There is no actual references to the specific drive you have purchased at all on the packaging.  Super Talent could at least have attached additional stickers which contained device specifics, such as drive size, format, performance and so on.  You have missed a trick here Super Talent, you have a good product but bland packaging.
 
Super Talent Packaging Super Talent Packaging
  
Upon sliding out the packaging insert, the drive is very well protected when in transit, contained within a decent foam insert and sealed in an anti static bag, you will also find a user manual.
 
Super Talent Manual Super Talent Manual
 
The user manual is very well laid out but is very basic, which is ideal for the normal user and also contains a brief explanation on how SSD technology works.
 
Taking alook at the drive itself its of the standard 2.5" size, one thing to note is that you may need to purchase a drive bay adapter to mount this inside your case.  As  you can see it is an excellent looking bit of kit, featuring a black top with the Super Talent emblem blazing across it, certainly looks the part.
 
Super Talent Caddy Super Talent Drive
 
On the bottom of the drive you can find the kind of information you would expect to find on the packaging, for example the physical size, storage capacity model and serial numbers.
 
The actual drive itself is very light, weighing in at 76g and as with all SSD drives there are no moving parts therefore it is silent when in operation.  Now for most users this will be a nice bonus, but for some of us we may just find out how noisey the rest of our rigs actually are.
 
The drive features the standard SATA data and power connectors that are common across all SSD drives and will fit straight into most laptops without issues.  There is one nice extra touch to this drive though, its coupled up with the new Indilinx Barefoot controller, now this pricked up my interest as most previous generation  SSD drives featured the flakey J.Micron controller which caused alot of stuttering issues for users.  We have been promised that the new Indilinx Barefoot controller has resolved these issues and coupled with 64mb of cache that it will fly.
 
So does she fly?  Well does she?  Turn over to find out.
  
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Most Recent Comments

25-09-2009, 04:48:00

JN
"Is the noise of your current HDD driving you mad? Thinking of buying an SSD but dont know which to get? Perhaps Super Talents FTM28GX25H could be what your looking for. Read on to find out." - by Wes

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Super Talent 128GB SATA II SSD

25-09-2009, 08:04:00

VonBlade
SSDs are easily the most desirable piece of hardware around. Silent, super fast, cool. This one is fast and reasonably priced. What's more to ask?

It scores 10 on the VB want-o-meter.

25-09-2009, 08:13:24

Rastalovich
In a climate where we often see the judgement of particularly graphic cards as a matter of /fps, despite the performance. Would it be a reasonable request to add /G at the bottom of the comparison table for the range of tested drives ?

Could be a good inclusion in cpu comparisons also being as, looking from the gaming pov, anything above a 3.2g (or so) P4 is regarded as a "minimum" requirement.

25-09-2009, 08:59:56

Datamonkey
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
In a climate where we often see the judgement of particularly graphic cards as a matter of /fps, despite the performance. Would it be a reasonable request to add /G at the bottom of the comparison table for the range of tested drives ?

Could be a good inclusion in cpu comparisons also being as, looking from the gaming pov, anything above a 3.2g (or so) P4 is regarded as a "minimum" requirement.
Hi Rasta,

Its a good idea and something i was going to include with this review, but as I was unable to find a uk price for the drive it would be unfair to just convert the $ to as we know that just does not happen when it comes to pc hardware. If i can find a uk price in the future its something I will be sure to include

VB,

100% Agree with you fella, now I would love to find out how they would perform in a raid 0 setup Will have to wait until their available in the uk though.

29-09-2009, 11:44:28

Bungral
When you say /G do you mean per GB???

If it's to be likened to the /FPS comparison, then surely it would need to be /Read & Write speed.

Think I know what I'm getting at.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
In a climate where we often see the judgement of particularly graphic cards as a matter of /fps, despite the performance. Would it be a reasonable request to add /G at the bottom of the comparison table for the range of tested drives ?

Could be a good inclusion in cpu comparisons also being as, looking from the gaming pov, anything above a 3.2g (or so) P4 is regarded as a "minimum" requirement.

29-09-2009, 11:54:32

Datamonkey
Hi Bungral

Nope /G should b3 cost per Gb as in Gigabyte.

Pound cost per Gigabyte.

Say a 128Gb drive costs 300 that would be 128 divided by 300 giving you an approc cost of 2.34 per Gigabyte for the drive

Hope thats makes sense. Doing as per read/write speed wouldnt work.

Cheers

29-09-2009, 16:17:44

Bungral
Yeah that's what I said... /GB

But my point is that if take the ratio on the GFX card which is basically the cost divided by the performance, then doing /GB isn't really cost by performance. It's cost by capacity.

I get that HDD's are generally considered on their capacity, but then it's difficult as performance should be factored in.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Datamonkey'
Hi Bungral

Nope /G should b3 cost per Gb as in Gigabyte.

Pound cost per Gigabyte.

Say a 128Gb drive costs 300 that would be 128 divided by 300 giving you an approc cost of 2.34 per Gigabyte for the drive

Hope thats makes sense. Doing as per read/write speed wouldnt work.

Cheers

30-09-2009, 05:59:22

Rastalovich
Yeah cost per gb is the way to go.

It's arguable that the gfxcard's primary concern is to put up a display, but it's critiqued on fps amongst other things.

All things being equal, a hard drive's primary concern is to store information, it's speed to do so may well be it's critique.

However if the gfxcards had 128m of memory on the one hand and 1g on the other, the matter that the 128m model ran crysis on a 320x200x8 screen at 2000fps would be neither hear no there.

30-04-2010, 09:13:03

rrjwilson
UK shop selling this? or do we import and wait 4 months but get t cheaper :S

Oh and I have Super Talent DDR3 2000MHz Dual Channel RAM its the fricking shiznit. 2016MHz on AIR :O summer will stop this though and it will return to 2005MHz

18-05-2010, 17:22:58

hadesan
Will oc3d be doing any reviews of the PCI-Express based SSD storage?
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