SanDisk speeds up SSDs

Summary:The latest SanDisk 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) costs less than $250, SanDisk says which makes it look like a neat replacement SSD for hard disk storage. Good for solving the problem when you may start running out of space on your internal hard disk, that sort of thing.

The latest SanDisk 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) costs less than $250, SanDisk says which makes it look like a neat replacement SSD for hard disk storage. Good for solving the problem when you may start running out of space on your internal hard disk, that sort of thing.

The only issue I have with an SSD comes from trying to understand just where the speed improvements SanDisk claims for its latest SSDs lie.

What does work for me though are comments like, the latest SanDisk SSDs, the G3 series, are "more than five times faster than the fastest 7,200 RPM hard disk drives" and, they are " more than twice as fast as SSDs shipping in 2008". To enter the virtual world for a moment, they clock up speeds of 40,000 vRPM,, when vRPM means virtual revolutions per minute. In other words they are as fast as a 40,000 RPM disk drive in the real world, which seems fast.

According to SanDisk the "anticipated sequential performance of 200MB/s read and 140MB/s write.

Designed as drop-in replacements for hard-disk drives in notebook PCs, the full members in the SanDisk G3 family are SSD C25-G3 and SSD C18-G3 in the standard 2.5in and 1.8in form factors respectively available in capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB and prices at $149 (£97), $249 (£163) and $499 (£327).

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