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SSD Roundup June 2009

SSD Roundup June 2009

Super Talent UltraDrive ME 128 GB

Super Talent have a set style of packaging for their SSDs and seem to have no intention of changing it between models. The outside still looks like the box we received their first generation SSD in and while it may not be the most inspiring design it does feature a list of features on the back. A small sticker on the side lists the capacity, size and flash type. Inside the box we find the drive surrounded by foam alongside a short user manual.

The drive itself, which is a 2.5” model, also looks identical to previous Super Talent products though this is no bad thing as the casing actually looks good and feels sturdy. On the bottom of the drive is an information sticker which states the model number and capacity (128 GB) but there is little extra information present. As with all of the drives in this review the UltraDrive ME uses the standard SATA-II data and power connectors.

Inside the UltraDrive ME we find a blue PCB and sixteen Samsung MLC flash chips. These are branded K9HCG08UIM and there are eight on each side of the circuit board. The controller chip in this SSD is branded Super Talent but from the firmware used we can tell that this is an Indilinx Barefoot based chip, similar to the G.Skill Falcon and OCZ Vertex. It should be noted though that although the Vertex and Falcon share a very similar PCB design it appears that Super Talent have their own version. Super Talent also rate their drive at slightly higher speeds than the other two manufacturers 128 GB models at 260mb/s read and 195Mb/s write. As with all drives based on Indilinx 1571 firmware the UltraDrive has support for TRIM via a windows based tool and full support for native TRIM in Windows 7 will be added at a later date. In the mean time automatic NAND cleaning via the controller is enabled to ensure performance is maintained at as high a level as possible.

Firmware updates on this product are another area which benefits from the PCB redesign, despite the same controller being used as the Falcon there is no jumper which needs shorted prior to the flash. Just boot from a USB/Floppy/CD into DOS, and then run the firmware update.

We also noted that Super Talent tend to be fast at getting new firmware out to their customers.

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Stuart Davidson

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