Super Talent to launch SSD RAID card

Super Talent to launch SSD RAID card

The top-end versions of Super Talent's RAIDDrive offer up to 2TB of storage with a claimed throughput of 1.2GB/s.

Anyone looking to add serious SSD goodness to an existing system could do worse than peer longingly at the new RAIDDrive devices to come out of Super Talent.

As reported over on Fudzilla yesterday, the new units – which look rather dull thanks to a fully-contained casing – add a serious chunk of storage via a PCIe x8 slot. When we say “serious”, we mean up to 2TB of SSD-based storage, on-board DRAM-based cache memory, and read and write speeds of an eye-blistering 1.2GB/s and 1.3GB/s.

As you've probably guessed from the name, the RAIDDrive units use a selection of solid-state devices – in either multi- or single-level cell design – in a RAID 5 array, which offers both protection from drive failure as well as increased speeds and an extremely large capacity.

The product – which is still in development – will be released in three editions: ES, WS, and GS. The ES model is for enterprise use, with the design optimised for rapid access times such as a database server might need. The RAIDDrive ES will also come with on-board battery backup for the cache RAM, allowing it to dump the contents to disk in the event of power failure so nothing is lost. It will also, unsurprisingly, be the most expensive of the bunch.

The WS model is aimed firmly at workstation use, and priced accordingly. With the company targeting video editing and 3D rendering applications, the RAIDDrive WS will look at increasing the throughput of large, contiguous data streams. The lack of battery backup and a reduced amount of cache RAM will help keep the price down when compared to the enterprise editions.

Finally, there's the GS: a model aimed specifically at gamers. A cut-down version of the WS, it is unlikely to perform as well as the other two models – but will hopefully come in at a price that won't break the bank, while still cutting your load times dramatically.

Sadly, these puppies are a fair way off: a breakdown of the performance and detailed specifications of each model is due in June this year, but no firm launch date has yet been set – much less a suggested retail price. Looking at the information that has been made available so far, I'd advise interested parties to start saving now.

Is this the kind of drop-in upgrade you've been waiting for, or will you need to see real-world performance – plus a definite price tag – before you start to get excited? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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Denis_iii 2nd April 2009, 10:43 Quote
i'd happily drop 250quid on one, hence price will be a grand me thinks for gamer version
ChaosDefinesOrder 2nd April 2009, 10:51 Quote
I'm happy with my Velociraptor for now... boots into Vista in a minute on average
Gareth Halfacree 2nd April 2009, 11:21 Quote
A colleague has just pointed out my boo-boo in the description of this one - it's available in sizes up to a rather more sizeable 2TB, not 2GB.

Burnout21 2nd April 2009, 11:39 Quote
Now SSD is starting to look interesting. Getting closer to almost instant boot into windows..
tank_rider 2nd April 2009, 12:38 Quote
Moving the long leg back off the hard drive and onto the cpu. Will be interesting to see how fast this does load. Coming out of hibernate with one of these would be ridiculously quick!
perplekks45 2nd April 2009, 12:56 Quote
Very interesting, but it'll be way too expensive for most people and to be honest, who REALLY needs that kind of speed just to load his/her games faster? :p
Teq 2nd April 2009, 13:56 Quote
Are you sure this isn't just an April fools?
B3CK 2nd April 2009, 18:32 Quote
isnt sataII a 3gbs port?
I hate to show my ignorance on this, but isnt the propoganda that sataII is a 3gbs burst speed port, compared to this article advertising 1.2gbs?
Before burning my buns, what is the sustained speed of a typical mechanical sataII drive?
perplekks45 2nd April 2009, 18:46 Quote
Well, there is quite a difference there:
SATA2 has a theoretical bandwidth of 3Gbit/s whereas this thing claims to have 1.2GB/s.

What was your question again? :)
B3CK 2nd April 2009, 18:54 Quote
what the sustained of sata2 was, and now that i think of it, what the sustained speed of pcie 8X port is.
R0bert 2nd April 2009, 19:28 Quote
I'll buy 6(you need the GPU, damn. ), connect to the P6T7 Revolution, and make a RAID0, LOL.
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