Strontium is a new company based in Singapore who specializes in flash memory based products, but I think this company has a future in the SSD market. At this time they are going through some growing pains while trying to establish themselves in the US and global market. I think if they can get past the initial growth spurt and start focusing on the details of what makes a company great, we'll hear a lot more from them. They sent over two products, the Gamma that we looked at today and another drive from the Matrix Series. You'll be able to read about the flagship Matrix Series drive within the next few days.
Taking a look back at the Gamma Series benchmarks, I see a drive that had a lot of potential six months ago, but with SATA III quickly gaining popularity and achieving really low price points this early, the Gamma's days are numbered. Users not looking to adapt SATA III will find the Gamma a really nice drive, but those are not exactly the types of users looking to add on a SSD. The fact is, those users are the ones who could easily benefit from an SSD upgrade since most are still running their OEM HDDs that are very slow.
When it comes to pricing, Strontium is in line with other company's offerings, but I'd really like to see the Gamma selling for around 180 instead of 200 just so they can get their name out there and offer a good product at a great price. With availability only coming from the company directly and most likely shipping from Singapore, there is going to have to be some incentive for users to purchase a drive from a company they haven't heard of.
Speaking of incentive, I'd really like to see the Gamma and Matrix drives shipping with a desktop adapter bracket to add some extra value. The Gamma at the time of writing does come with a special add on package that includes a couple of SD cards, but I think the promotion material is a bit removed for the intended audience. It would be better to save the promo goodies and just lower the price to the point where this is the lowest priced 115GB SF-1200 drive available on the market.
Other than the specifications typo, I found the total package to be acceptable for notebook users who don't need a desktop adapter bracket, but desktop users can find a drive with the same price that includes the bracket and ships from within the US or your home country.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Strontium Gamma Series 115GB SSD]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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