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Super Talent Aims at Enthusiast Market With TeraNova Solid-State Drive Family

Super Talent has announced its entry into the high-end enthusiast storage market with the TeraNova series of high-speed, high-capacity solid-state drives (SSDs.)

Described by the company as the fastest drives it has released to date, the TeraNova SSDs boast read and write speeds of over 500MB/s, making them one of the fastest drives available at retail today.

Based around a 2.5-inch form factor for use in both desktop and laptop systems, the TeraNova SSDs are designed as upgrades for enthusiast users, but it's not just the gamers that are targeted: Super Talent is keen to point out that professional applications including Adobe Photoshop, Premier, Maya and 3DS Max can all be accelerated by installation of a TeraNova drive.

With shipping beginning today in the US, the current TeraNova series spans across 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.

While solid-state storage devices have still to make an impact in the mainstream, their use is becoming increasingly popular in the mobile and enthusiast markets: many ultra-slim laptops - and all smartphones and tablets - feature solid-state storage as standard, with no option for a traditional spinning-platter hard drive, while the near-instantaneous seek times and high-speed throughput of the drives makes them popular with enthusiasts and professional users for whom cost is of minor concern.

Sadly, the devices are still considerably more expensive on a per-gigabyte basis than magnetic storage, meaning their uses is usually relagated to a small primary 'boot' drive with a cheaper magnetic hard drive providing mass storage facilities.

UK pricing details have yet to be confirmed by Super Talent for the TeraNova series. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.