|Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSD FTM28GX25H|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 13 May 2009|
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First Look: UltraDrive ME
Sharing identical construction with the OCZ Vertex SSD, Super Talent's UltraDrive ME is slightly different in firmware and chassis. The UltraDrive ME SSD utilizes a new Indilinx drive controller to help deliver the manufacturer-rated 260/195 MBps read and write bandwidth speeds. On the outside, this 120GB SSD (model FTM28GX25H) looks like every other Solid State Drive produced by Super Talent, including the MasterDrive MX we reviewed back in mid-2008. As of May 2009 the Super Talent SSD family includes the UltraDrive, MasterDrive, and DuraDrive SSD series.
When it comes to the appearance of notebook drives, it must be understood that the product you're looking at will be hidden away from plain view once installed. Keeping in mind that this product is solid state, and therefore offers no amount of noticeable physical activity, it takes some special attention to presentation in order to help keep the consumer feeling comfortable with their premium purchase. Unlike the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSD's are practically impervious to impact damage and do not require special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. Super Talent utilizes a flat-black metal enclosure for the UltraDrive series, which fastens with four small counter-sunk screws on the underside.
Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the UltraDrive SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my laptop, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading Windows XP.
Unlike desktop computers which utilize a SATA cable system to connect drive to motherboard, nearly all notebooks allow the 2.5" drive to simply slide directly into a connection bay within the system. In addition to notebooks and desktop computer usage, this UltraDrive ME Solid State Drive can be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. One unfortunate omission from all Super Talent SSD products is the integrated High-Speed USB 2.0 Mini-B seen on Solid State Drive product models elsewhere.
Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of the Super Talent UltraDrive ME, it's time to peek inside the FTM28GX25H enclosure and inspect the internal components...