Mach Xtreme Technology Announces MX-ES Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drives With SLC NAND

Mach Xtreme Technology, a global producer of high-performance, high-reliability and user-friendly PC components, is announcing their MX-ES Ultra series of USB 3.0 flash drives.  The MX-ES Ultra USB 3.0 flash drives will feature the superior speed and reliability of SLC NAND, rather than the MLC NAND that is typically found in other USB 3.0 flash drives.  Utilizing SLC NAND makes the MX-ES Ultra series the fastest small capacity flash drives on the market.

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The MX-ES Ultra USB 3.0 series of flash drives will feature hand-selected top tier Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND chips to offer extreme endurance and performance.  Switching the NAND components from MLC to SLC significantly increases both the performance and longevity of the MX-ES Ultra series of USB 3.0 flash drives.

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Mach Xtreme’s new MX-ES Ultra series of flash drives are much more durable and reliable, and are constructed to endure the harshest of operating environments; including hot and cold temperature extremes, high shock impact, continuous vibration, and intensive read/write cycle usage. These features are essential to users who require a more rugged and robust digital storage device, giving them the assurance of repeatable and reliable operation.  With its rugged design and select, powerful SLC NAND, the MX-ES Ultra series dramatically outperforms other standard USB 3.0 flash drives.

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Performance for the MX-ES Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive is stated as sequential read speeds of (up to) 210 MB/s, with sequential write speeds also of (up to) 210 MB/s.   Power consumption is stated as (up to) 1.8W active, and 0.6W idle.  These SLC flash drives measure 72.0mm long X 17.0mm wide X 7.0mm thick, and are ROHS, CE, and FCC certified.  All capacities of the MX-ES Ultra series of USB 3.0 flash drives are backed by Mach Xtreme Technology to the tune of a five-year warranty.

MX-ES-Ultra 32GB rear view

Mach Xtreme advises that the MX-ES Ultra series of USB 3.0 flash drives will be available through its worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers beginning on Monday, Sept. 1st.  Their website “store” lists the following capacities:  16GB at $40(us), 32GB at $60(US), and 64GB at $105(US).  You can visit the MX-ES Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive product page on Mach Xtreme Technology’s website here.

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Fast writes, but pretty crazy prices too.

If you sacrifise some write speeds, you can get like 2-3x more capacity for the same money.

SLC is pretty overkill even in enterprise (since everything is moving towards HE-MLC) let along in flash drive.

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Any idea on the IOps..?

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Probobly sux. Flash drives, fast or slow tend to be tuned for sequential workload (because face it, thats what matters most). That, combined with very simplistic cotnrollers and no dram cache makes them pretty slow for random workload.

Exception to this rule is sandisk extreme, which uses controller from their lowend ssd series. And some “flashdrives” based on sandforce.

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Well thank you. I have various needs and use a few PCs to stream data stored into RAM as cache, which then targets the SSDs to complete the stream. Certain apps can stream at a few hundred MBps, which is Seq.Reads, but I am pretty sure the random IOps plays a huge role as each new RAM buffer that gets targeted, requires another IO. 70k-80k work pretty well. I do look forward to having a HBub with 3 or 4 devices that can actually make a cheap laptop very tempting. I will check into the Sans benchmarks, cheerz.

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Not necessary to use SLC NAND in a USB Flash Drive. Nowadays producers turned to produce TLC SSDs to be able to provide more affordable products. I do not think that SLC NAND chips will maintain a much much better performance than MLC or TLC. In my opinion the most essential part is the controller. And also cache memory. (Les knows better than me). Remember Samsung 840 Evo TLC. It is super fast. On the other hand do not worry about endurance. You can manage endurance problem thanks to some special softwares (ECC, Trim, Garbage Collection, etc..). For example Samsung… Read more »

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Considering the simplistic nature of flash drive controllers and the fact, that lower grade TLC is only good for around 100s of rewrites, its prefectly possible to destroy a smallish flash drive like that. Just put it to a random write enviroment and you’re gonna trash it very quickly.

And yes. SLC or MLC makes a whole lot of sense, once you get down to smaller capacities. Maybe real SLC is a bit overkill (a simple pseudo SLC made out of MLC would do the trick just fine).