Another day, another new device from SanDisk
. Shortly after the storage behemoth introduced their 64GB Ultra SDXC
memory card, here comes something for the notebook users. The S3 solid state drive is a suitable replacement for the notebook HDD that's dragging you down so much, and it's available in two sizes (60GB and 120GB).
The flash-based drive couples speed and reliability into a stunning 2.5" form factor, and it also uses ExtremeFFS to "accelerate random write performance." It's said to be up to twice as fast as 7200RPM alternatives, with sequential performance of up to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec) read and up to 120MB/sec write promised. The drive also supports the newest Windows 7 TRIM feature, which contributes to a substantial gain in the SanDisk G3 SSD’s performance by allowing the drive to continuously manage its resources and retain optimized performance throughout its lifespan.
The 60GB S3 is available now online for $229.99, and the 120GB model is also shipping for $399.99.
Long-term reliability: The 120 gigabyte (GB)* SanDisk G3
SSD can endure up to 80 terabytes (TB)* of data written to it over its
lifetimeiv. The solid state drive uses a smart flash
management system called ExtremeFFSTM technology that has
the potential to accelerate random write performance and thus extend
the endurance of SanDisk G3 SSDs inside computers that use operating
systems such as Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7.v
Rugged durability: SanDisk G3 SSD uses no moving parts,
enabling improved durability that helps resist drive damage. Backed by
rigorous shock and vibration testing procedures and a 10-year limited
warrantyii, the drive offers some of the best-in-class
quality assurance that could only come from a trusted leader in flash
Fast performance: SanDisk G3 SSD opens files up to twice as fast
as a 7,200 RPM HDDi, so users can enjoy faster
boot-ups and improved system responsiveness. SanDisk G3 SSD has
sequential performance of up to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec) read
speediii and up to 120MB/sec write speediii.
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.