Xtreem-S1 SSD reads at 270Mb per second


March 3, 2010

The 250Gb version of the Xtreem S1 SSD from the Team Group

The 250Gb version of the Xtreem S1 SSD from the Team Group

Solid State Drives (SSD) have many advantages over more familiar Hard Disk Drives (HDD) including low power consumption, silent running and resistance to shock damage but it's when read/write speeds are compared that HDDs get blown out of the water. The Team Group has equipped its new Xtreem-S1 SSD with a SandForce processor to offer the user read speeds of 270Mb/sec and write of 260Mb/sec.

Launching the next in line from its successful Xtreem-G1 SSD storage solution at this year's CeBIT, the Team Group claims that its new selection of 60Gb, 120Gb and 250Gb drives achieves data read speeds of 270Mb per second and write of 260Mb per second using SandForce processing technology over a 3Gb/s SATA II interface. That's about ten times faster than standard HDDs over IDE and faster than many other available solid state solutions. There's some contention over the "fastest SSD solution in the industry" claim (Gizmag recently overviewed a faster offering from Micron) but it's still lightning fast.

Compatible with the Windows 7 TRIM command, the Xtreem-S1 SSD features AES 128-bit encryption and SMART technology to help keep data safe and seems to be quite a tough little cookie - being able to operate in a wide range of temperatures (freezing point 0C to 70C), shock proof to 15G and able to withstand vibrations of 1000G. Not surprising then that its mean time between failures is said to be a million hours. The Xtreem-S1 SSD range is expected to be available from April, pricing has not yet been announced.

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If you are going to be reviewing SDD storage you should include how many reads and writes it can perform before it dies. SDD is very fast but one of the shortcomings is it\'s life expectancy, they only do so many reads and writes.


@TheLip. The MTBF addresses your concerns, I believe. Multiple companies have been describing their SSD drives as multiples of millions of hours before failure (or error).

Sure beats my \"spinning platter\" technology experience, where I have a hard-drive failures, on average, about once every two years, with heavy 24/7 use. Backups are essential. That translates to only 20,000 hours MTBF...far shy of the 1,000,000 hours touted by the SSD drives.

I\'ll switch to SSD as soon as it\'s in my affordability range. But, I guess if you figure in the cost of buying new hard-drives every couple years, it\'s cost effective to go SSD, especially for the OS, and stick with spinning drives (and backups) for the terabytes of data.

Cheers, Doc

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