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In Reply to: RE: LoL ! posted by AbeCollins on June 27, 2017 at 09:49:37
the "audio grade" marketing label for a moment.
The stated design aspects for optimizing (yes Frank) a drive for "write once, read mainly" activity do appear to be different from that of traditional use.
I certainly cannot vouch for the claims, but the approach seems to have merit for that kind of environment - highly stable data sets.
The idea of write-once (or write very few) and read-many has been around for a while now in the cheapest of the cheap TLC NAND SSDs, but it's not something that any audio manufacturer thought up on their own. And yes, it makes sense in those applications that require very few writes.... like music files that are written to SSD once and read many times when played back. Samsung EVO series are a perfect example of low cost TLC SSD which are perfectly suited for low duty cycle writes and many reads.
Don't even get me started on the 'audio grade' SSD snake oil !! Melco isn't the first audio company to put an 'audio grade' sticker or stamp of approval on their SSDs to make them appear 'special'. ;-)
but it's not something that any audio manufacturer thought up on their own.
I'm not aware of anyone having made that claim.
I read the article (and employ an EVO 850 with my server), but potentially there could be other deliberate design choices taken for the specific duty of maintaining what is essentially a ROM device.
Having said that, the specific application is for a network streamer device that is effectively an audio component located alongside everything else. I'm not, however, convinced of its value for my environment where the music server / storage device is located quite distantly from the audio systems and each is sourced via separate breaker boxes and otherwise galvanically isolated.
I was alluding to what the OP posted as
"No level wearing in write once application"
even though he has his terminology backwards. It's actually called 'wear leveling' in the industry.
Your EVO series are perfectly suited for write-once (or write a few) and read-many applications. That's what we do with music servers. For the most part our music files just sit there once written to SSD but are read many times whenever we play them back.
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