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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—SSD development has largely centered on 2.5" or tiny mSATA form factors. By using the larger 3.5" form factor, however, Other World Computing plans to push SSD capacities up to 2TB for Mac Pro or other workstation users

Not sure if this actually counts as news, as there's not a lot of technical details listed in the article. But a 2TB SSD in a 3.5" form?? Obviously going to cost a pretty penny, but this seems pretty awesome thumb.gif
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I wish more SSD were 3.5" I've never cared for 2.5 in the desktop world.
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I wish they found a way to have insane capacities at the expense of breakthrough speed. I wouldn't mind a slower 3.5" 1Tb drive that could barely hit 50Mb/s, so long as it was affordable and reliable. Everybody focuses on raw speed, why not raw capacity, where SSD's would still trump a platter drive in most categories?
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I wish they found a way to have insane capacities at the expense of breakthrough speed. I wouldn't mind a slower 3.5" 1Tb drive that could barely hit 50Mb/s, so long as it was affordable and reliable. Everybody focuses on raw speed, why not raw capacity, where SSD's would still trump a platter drive in most categories?

Going to be a really long time until a SSD has a greater capacity than a HDD, especially with some recent breakthroughs. But there's an article here on OCN that talks about a 1TB SSD for 600 bucks, which isn't terrible. I mean, consider a year ago how much a 256GB SSD was. So the price is definitely coming down, and it's nice they're putting a focus here on a 3.5 inch, like the first poster said, I'd much rather have a 3.5" SSD than a 2.5" SSD. Personal preference, but that's my thought anyway
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Going to be a really long time until a SSD has a greater capacity than a HDD, especially with some recent breakthroughs. But there's an article here on OCN that talks about a 1TB SSD for 600 bucks, which isn't terrible. I mean, consider a year ago how much a 256GB SSD was. So the price is definitely coming down, and it's nice they're putting a focus here on a 3.5 inch, like the first poster said, I'd much rather have a 3.5" SSD than a 2.5" SSD. Personal preference, but that's my thought anyway

So we just have to wait 1 more year to get 4tb SSD's for $600.

Deal. :>

I don't understand high capacity SSD's- for me, it takes a while to fill a 1tb drive... and by that time i'd expect an SSD is nearing the end of it's life cycle anyway? Maybe?
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Unless you do a lot of video or photo editing, in which case it doesn't take long to fill up at all thumb.gif I'm not sure about the life cycle of large capacity SSDs, they were talking in the other forum post about the type of tech the 1TB SDD uses. But for people that work with photos and/or videos, these types of drives will be filled up very quickly, and will be very nice to have
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More important what's the reliability rating on it?

I would like them to make larger capacity versions of their enterprise line of SSDs.

In my experience, using many intel enterprise SSDs along with sandisk and toshiba, OWC makes the best enterprise SSDs hands down.

Also compared with fusionIO, dependent on the situation the OWC enterprise is usually the answer due to performance/value ratio.
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I wish more SSD were 3.5" I've never cared for 2.5 in the desktop world.

This is true, They dont look right inside a full tower sized case..

I had not actually thought about the lack of 3.5 inch drives for a while, I haven't seen one since the days of the Vertex 2 and I remember choosing the 2.5Inch because I had not owned one before, after that they just dissipated...
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The only problem I have with 2.5" drives is that there are still a lot of cases that don't support them out of the box. Don't want to have to spend extra money to buy mounts/adapters. If all cases came with whatever you need to mount them easily then it wouldn't bother me one bit if it meant I could fit more drives in.

Stoke for the 1tb SSD for $600, can't wait to see 2tb+ become affordable as well. Give me ones with great lifespan and I woulnd't use a HDD anymore (if the price was reasonable).
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I want bigger capacity SSDs for less money. I don't care if they're only 200mb/s. It will still be 4x as fast as a HDD. But the price has GOT to come down.
 
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