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Monster Digital Le Mans SSD Family Announced Discussion

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Monster Digital has announced their first foray into the SSD space with the Le Mans SSD family. The Le Mans SSDs will feature SandForce SF-2200 processors, SATA 6 Gb/s interface and Toshiba synchronous MLC NAND to deliver read speeds of 550 MB/s and writes of 515 MB/s writes. The drives are squarely targeted at enthusiasts, which is most evident in their unique 80GB capacity Le Mans, which is actually a hugely over provisioned 128GB SSD.

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Is the over provisioning suppose to be the "big trick" ?

If they price it near the price of competing 80GB drives instead of pricing it like the underlying 128GB of hardware that would be a huge "trick" (lowering prices).

Even if they price it between the 80GB and 120GB competitors it could be competitive in more than one way assuming the warranty, reliability, performance are good enough.

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The Le Mans SSDs will feature SandForce SF-2200 processors, SATA 6 Gb/s interface and Toshiba synchronous MLC NAND to deliver read speeds of 550 MB/s and writes of 515 MB/s writes.

That must be a mistake. Toshiba doesn't produce any synchronous NAND devices.

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I wouldn't take a drive from them if you paid me.

Their cables are overpriced and fail if you look at them funny, I'd expect the same from there drives.

and there sue happy:

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4PCTA_enUS307US308&q=monster+cable+sues

suing a ski school for little kids

Yes, they're well known for their overly aggressive trademark protection.

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That must be a mistake. Toshiba doesn't produce any synchronous NAND devices.

Well on our end we are familiar with the toggle DDR NAND that Toshiba makes. We asked them about this in the call and they insisted the initial models would be using Toshiba synchronous and toggle-equipped versions might be coming later. They could have just misspoken on our call.

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