Just when you thought you have more than enough SSDs to choose from, one more company has thrown their hat into the ring. This time, it’s Singapore based Strontium, who announced the launch of their HAWK SSD today.
As you might guess, the controller they went with is the ubiquitous SandForce SF2281, used in many products ranging from the big players like Intel and OCZ, down to, well, Strontium. The interesting thing about the HAWK though, is that they are using SK Hynix flash. So far, we have only seen the SF2281 paired up with Micron/Intel flash, and Toshiba toggle flash. So this will be an interesting product to review!
The specs are what you’d expect from a SandForce SF2281 drive – 510 MB/s read, 470 MB/s write, 50K random read IOPS and 38K random write. It comes with a industry standard 3 year warranty, and as far as I know, is only available at Strontium’s site where the 240GB sells for $200, and the 120GB is $100. The 240GB is actually a pretty good deal, so we can’t wait to get our hands on one, and let you know the full story!
Full press release after the jump:
Strontium launches HAWK SSDs
-Take Your Computers to the Next Level-
Strontium Technology has announced a new series of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) named HAWK. These Hynix-built solid state drives with Strontium branding are based on SandForce’s SF2281 controller and SK Hynix Flash. These drives are said to be a good upgrade option featuring 500MB/s of read and write performance and also claim to offer faster performance for PCs and Macs. Needless to say, SSDs feature enhanced durability, shock-proof, silent operation and are more reliable as compared to traditional hard drives.
The 2.5-inch HAWK drive is available in 120GB and 240GB storage capacities. The sequential (256KB, MAX) read speed is 510MB/s and write speed is 470MB/s. The random (4KB, MAX) performance is 50,000 IOPS read and 38,000 IOPS write. It comes with support for SATA I/ II/ III interface, TRIM Support (O/S support required) and has a Mean Time between Failures (MBTF) of 1.2M. Strontium HAWK SSD has been designed to offer quicker boot up and shorter lead time in the loading of applications to enhance productivity.
Strontium HAWK SSD simply makes the computer more responsive than ever. With quicker boot up and shorter lead time in applications loading, it will definitely enhance your daily productivity and ensure your system takes flight to the next level
Backed by a three-year warranty, the HAWK SSD will be available through Strontium’s authorized distributors and channel partners. The 120GB and 240GB SSDs are also available through Strontium’s website at www.strontium.biz
• 2.5” Drive
• SandForce SF-2281
• MLC NAND Flash for Fast Performance
• Available Capacities: 120GB and 240GB
• Sequential Performance (256KB, MAX): Read: 510 MB/s, Write: 470 MB/s
• Random Performance (4KB, MAX): Read: 50,000 IOPS, Write: 38,000 IOPS
• Supports SATA I/ II/ III Interface
• TRIM Support (O/S Support Required)
• Power Consumption: 0.82W (Active), 0.26W (Idle)
• Mean Time between Failures (MBTF): 1.2M
• 3 years hassle-free Strontium Limited Warranty
ABOUT STRONTIUM TECHNOLOGY:
Strontium Technology Pte Ltd is a PC and flash memory manufacturing company, having its headquarters in Singapore. Today, it’s operations span to varied territories across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, India, US, Canada and Latin America. In total, the company maintains a strong market presence in over 30 countries. Strontium Technology serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers.