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Super Talent Previews 2.4GB/sec RAIDDrive II

Super Talent Previews 2.4GB/sec RAIDDrive II

The RAIDDrive II offers a 2.4GB/sec read-speed, thanks to several SandForce-based SSDs.

The first details of Super Talent's upcoming RAIDDrive II PCI-E SSD have appeared following demonstrations of early hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. If the performance figures quoted by the company prove to be true, then it could have a seriously hot device on its hands.

Like previous PCI-E SSDs we've seen, including the Angelbird Wings launched in October, the RAIDDrive II combines multiple SSDs on a single RAID controller. This provides a significant boost to both storage capacities and overall performance, but this model also ups the stakes by combining the performance of up to eight SandForce-based SSDs.

The Angelbird Wings model, by comparison, uses four SSDs and achieves read-speeds of 1.02GB/sec and write-speeds of 900MB/sec . It's fast, but nowhere near as fast as Super Talent's latest device.

According to figures obtained by Hardware Secrets, the new RAIDDrive II will reach read-speeds of up to 2.4GB/sec, and write-speeds, of up to 2.2GB/sec in its most powerful - and most expensive - configuration.

While the company has confirmed that the device will offer up to 2TB of MLC or SLC storage on an eight-lane PCI-E card, it has yet to release details of an expected launch date or, more importantly, pricing.

Is the RAIDDrive II the SSD you've been awaiting, or is the price likely to keep all but enterprise customers at bay? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Technobod 10th January 2011, 13:33 Quote
I expect you'd have to remortgage to afford one, but i'd still like to see the boot times :)
specofdust 10th January 2011, 13:37 Quote
Any word on what sort of oomph they've got inside that thing? Or is it designed to leech off the inevitable 8 core processors it's users will have?
Elton 10th January 2011, 13:40 Quote
This will be ultimately useful for games. Instant load times ftw.
RichCreedy 10th January 2011, 13:54 Quote
i'll take 2, oh wait, sorry can't afford that
V3ctor 10th January 2011, 14:08 Quote
Never saw a SSD with active cooling. It must have the size of a graphic card...
Neonhalo 10th January 2011, 14:09 Quote
DO WANT this beautiful piece of hardware.

DO NOT WANT the bill, debt and inevitable bankrupcy that follows purchasing one.
Ph4ZeD 10th January 2011, 14:34 Quote
2TB SSD at 2.4GB/s read? £50,000?
devdevil85 10th January 2011, 14:43 Quote
i assume it comes with an added security system as well? i wouldn't trust this thing being 10ft from me. I don't want to know how much this thing's gonna cost.
mi1ez 10th January 2011, 15:53 Quote
Any idea when we'll be getting TRIM support on RAID arrays?
Floyd 10th January 2011, 16:47 Quote
Give it 5 years atleast before "normal" people can afford something like this.
2TB is awesome and of course the speeds are "melt the silicon" fast but cmon that thing is going to cost more than a high end sports car.
Hakuren 10th January 2011, 16:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
Never saw a SSD with active cooling. It must have the size of a graphic card...

It is not to cool NAND. It is RAID ROC cooler. Without cooling such chip can hit 70-100C (depend on a chip) in no time at all.

Honestly I don't get it who need things like that. Few SSDs on Areca 1261[2 GB cache] in RAID0 deliver well over 1500 MB/s and it is more than enough, for rest of data there are classic HDDs. 2TB NAND is only for people who have no understanding of money ($heiks, mafia, footballers, oligarchs and other scumbags).

50000 Pounds, that is jolly optimistic, even for MLC version. They should focus on SLC only as it is purely industry oriented product.
schmidtbag 10th January 2011, 18:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
Never saw a SSD with active cooling. It must have the size of a graphic card...

i've seen SSDs with a cooling system but only on a PCI-e slot. it is about the size of many video cards but remember, this is using an 8x slot, so its not AS big as it appears, but its still huge.

depending on the price of this, personally i would rather just go for a RAM drive, which is faster. however, RAM drives are a lot less likely to get up to 2TB, its hard enough to get them up to just 1/4 of a TB.
Farfalho 10th January 2011, 19:40 Quote
Would a testie be enough?!
HourBeforeDawn 10th January 2011, 21:03 Quote
some PCI-E SSDs are not bootable, is this? or do you still need a normal sata drive to boot and then once in windows you can access this?
l3v1ck 10th January 2011, 23:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
Any idea when we'll be getting TRIM support on RAID arrays?
+1
SSD Raid is useless without it.
borandi 11th January 2011, 03:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
+1
SSD Raid is useless without it.

Wrong. Have a look at how SF-1222 arrays are doing before and after thrashing, or any PCIe solution based on these chips. Nice and efficient garbage collection is now working as well as trim.

Things evolve, or are people moaning that we're not at 7 GHz retail yet, after how fast the 90s was at MHz evolution?
dec 11th January 2011, 04:55 Quote
It looks longer than alot of graphics cards. Too bad you can Quad SLI GTX 580's for less though
thetrashcanman 11th January 2011, 16:29 Quote
2tb ssd? and those speeds are mental 2.4Gb/s just insane, I though 500mb/s was vast when the ocz pcie drivers where released, oh yess and I will be robbing a bank to buy one, anyone wanna join me? if we where to rob the bank of england we might be able to afford 2 perhaps?
Farfalho 8th February 2011, 03:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by thetrashcanman
2tb ssd? and those speeds are mental 2.4Gb/s just insane, I though 500mb/s was vast when the ocz pcie drivers where released, oh yess and I will be robbing a bank to buy one, anyone wanna join me? if we where to rob the bank of england we might be able to afford 2 perhaps?

Count me in. If we can rob as much as we would need, let's take Crucial C300 256GB range and be happy :D
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