Strontium has two SSDs based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller, HAWK that we're looking at today and Python, a drive we know very little about. Strontium appears to be working a high / low scheme like several Team SandForce companies. The Python Series is priced higher than the HAWK Series, but HAWK isn't another lame asynchronous flash drive, like we've seen several other companies use.
HAWK uses SK Hynix 26nm synchronous flash. This is actually the first time we've tested this combination, SF-2281 with Hynix flash. The Strontium specs for the HAWK lead us to expect slower performance from this product than what we've seen from IMFT flash. We've seen misleading specs before since performance on SandForce controllers generally comes from the firmware more than it does the flash when using synchronous NAND.
Before testing the Strontium HAWK 120GB SSD we pressed the company to provide us with up to date firmware with working TRIM. On the last day of Intel Developers Forum we received our new firmware, 5.0.4. Just before leaving for IDF we received 5.0.4 from another company and while at the event we had a mini flood of companies sending the new firmware over. At this time, everything is testing 5.0.4, the successor to 5.0.3 - a.k.a The TRIM Fix Firmware.
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