Sandforce SF1200 based SSDs hit the shops

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#1

I just posted the article Sandforce based SSDs hit the shops.

The SF1200 has arrived and it hasn‘t taken long for Sandforce SF1200 drives to start to appear. Currently, three drives should be landing at a computer store near you in the next week or so, in the form of the OCZ Vertex 2, OCZ Agility 2, and the Corsair Force series of SSDs.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/sandforce-based-ssds-hit-the-shops-28974/](http://www.myce.com/news/sandforce-based-ssds-hit-the-shops-28974/)

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#2

Since these are completely new SSD’s coming out to the market then what I don’t understand is why
did they stick with SATA 2 interface instead of going ahead and building them with the SATA 3 interface
as most newer mobo’s will be supporting SATA 3 very soon anyways and it is supposed to be backward
compatible with SATA 2 mobo’s. :confused:


#3

[QUOTE=getit29;2513612]what I don’t understand is why did they stick with SATA 2 interface instead of going ahead and building them with the SATA 3 interface[/QUOTE]

Price? I think I read a review somewhere that the speed difference between the two is small.


#4

Price is certainly one factor, SATA 6Gb/s host interfaces is another. I believe only Marvell offer a third party 6Gb/s interface that Sandforce could use with their SSD. To my knowledge, only Micron/Marvell offer a 6Gbs SSD in the shape of the RealSSD 300. The next one expected is from Indilinx (JetStream).

Currently Marvell SATA 6Gb/s connections are finding there way into motherboards, and i believe AMD have a SATA 6Gb/s solution.

I would expect we will have to wait on Intel with ICH11 before SATA 6Gb/s becomes common place.

OCZ are also exploring SAS 6Gb/s for the Vertex 2 Pro.