Super Talent Ultradrive ME: SSD reviewed
SSD devices become more and more interesting for gamers. With the Super Talent Ultradrive ME PC Games Hardware tests a model based on Indilinx and can give a price performance recommendation.
Solid State Drives are trying to replace the established hard drives. The flash technology is fast. Almost fully developed and by now it is also affordable - but which product is the right one for a gaming system?
To give our Price Performance Ratio Award to a product with a price per gigabyte ratio of almost 2 Euros is not easy, since the difference to common hard drives is still huge. Therefore we just issue a recommendation which the Super Talent Ultradrive ME has to share with the other devices that are based on the Indilinx Barefoot and 64 MiByte cache, too: They all make the fast SSD technology an interesting option for gaming PCs.
Super Talent Ultradrive ME: Performance
On average SSDs with a capacity of 64 gigabytes reach more than 150 MByte/s when writing and far more than 200 MByte/s when reading. The 128 MByte versions can get even faster, the Ultradrive ME FTM28GX25H scratches on the 200 MByte/s writing. For comparison: Western Digital's Velociraptor HDD reaches about 108 MByte when writing. Those are just theoretical values, but the copy tests confirm them. A Ultradrive beats the Velociraptor in the practical tests, too. When launching applications and when working with programs the SSD is faster anyway - an advantage that is based on the extremely fast access times and cannot really be expressed with numbers. The Corsair P128 works on a level similar to the Ultradrive Me and cost almost the same, too.
Supertlanet Ultradrive ME: Conclusion
Super Talent's Ultradrive ME is our price performance recommendation - even if it only represents all the other Indilinx devices that we have tested. Currently the SSD is offered for about 245 Euros.
Super Talent Ultradrive ME: Pro and Contra
Positive: Transfer rate, access times, copy performance
Negative: No really important disadvantages
|Product||Ultradrive ME 128 GB|
|Price||Ca. 280,- Euro|
|Price per GByte||1.91 Euro/GByte|
|Form Factor||Intern, 2,5 Zoll|
|Capacity binary/decimal||119.2 GiByte/128 GByte|
|Interface||SATA 3.0 GBit/s|
|Average transfer rate read/write||231.1/194.7 MByte/s|
|Average access time read/write||0.1/0.3 ms|
|Copy time 5 GiByte 1 file/25,000 files||1:14/1:58 min|