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Samsung has begun churning out 256GB solid-state drives, and it claimed the new models are more that twice as fast as their predecessors.

According to Samsung, the 256GB SSD has a sequential read speed of 220MB/s and a sequential write speed of 200MB/s.

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Samsung's 256GB SSD: as fast as a 15,000rpm HDD?

The company claimed these speeds make the drive the equivalent of a 15,000rpm hard drive - minus the power consumption, heat generation and noise, of course.

Maybe, but we note that Samsung didn't quote random read and write speeds, which are where SSD's usually trip up when compared to HDDs.

The 256GB SSD fits the 2.5in form-factor and is 9.5mm high. It consumes 1.1W. Samsung said it will also offer a version with on-board drive-level encryption.

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