Given that competition is helping to drive prices down, we're of the opinion that there can never be too many players in the solid state drive business, and a week ago we learned that MSI
was getting ready to join the SSD party. It was LSI SandForce that originally spilled the beans by plastering MSI's name on a webpage that lists all SandForce-driven SSDs that currently exist or, in this care, are coming soon, but at the time, details were few and far between. Not anymore.
A website with a supposed "inside connection at MSI" posted what appear to be official specs for MSI's upcoming high-performance Reflex Series SSDs. If the information is accurate, MSI is planning to launch its Reflex line with three capacities: 60GB (RX-60), 120GB (RX-120), and 240GB (RX-240).
All three are 2.5-inch form factor drives and ship with a 3.5-inch adapter bracket. Performance specs vary slightly by model and break down as follows:
- RX-60: 525MB/s read, 495MB/s write, 85,000 IOPS (4KB random write)
- RX-120: 550MB/s read, 515MB/s write, 90,000 IOPS (4KB random write)
- RX-240: 560MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 IOPS (4KB random write)
A SandForce SF-2281 processor combined with a SATA 6Gbps interface gives these drives their performance punch. As for when they'll be released and for how much, those details are still unknown at this time.