Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB Solid State Drive Review
The Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB SSD
Solid state drives are pretty much all the rage right now - besides graphics cards, storage has seen the most exciting innovations in the last year or so as prices on solid state media slowly drift into the affordable range. We recently tested an OCZ SSD drive that was incredibly well received with the lone exception of the price. At the time of publication, the OCZ SSD was going for no less than $1049 but has since dropped to $850 in our pricing engine - still not what we would call "affordable" but that is a considerable move in the right direction.
Enter Super Talent and their MasterDrive MX SATA-II SSDs - considerable cheaper they are, starting under $350 - but can it live up to other SSDs performance?
The Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB Solid-state Drive
To the uninitiated, solid state drives in their most basic form are flash memory based hard drives. This is the same technology that is inside the memory cards for your camera and phone but built in a form for use in a laptop or PC. Without spinning parts the reliability of flash-based storage should be better, quieter and will use less power than typical hard drives.
The first piece of information I feel we need to discuss is the drive's capacity: 60GB. You might be curious why Super Talent would choose a 60GB drive rather than the standard 64GB models we have seen from everyone else. ST's answer is that the company feels they are being more honest than their competitors in terms of actually usable storage space after formatting the drive. This is true - a quick search in our forum will show you many similar threads asking about actual drive space and available space after formatting. Though I can't help but feel that if the rest of the industry doesn't follow suit, Super Talent will just seem like an inferior product to unknowledgeable consumers.
You can see in this side-by-side shot with the OCZ solid-state drive - they are nearly identical and really the only change is in the color. Primary hard drives are important, but not flashy. (With the one-time exception of the windowed WD Raptor X.)