PCIe SATA Express - Faster than the speed of NDA

Subject: Storage | May 1, 2014 - 04:01 PM |
Tagged: SATA Express, pcie, asus, ssd, Z97-Deluxe

KitGuru had a chance to test the ASUS Z97-Deluxe with a Concept Edition SATA Express SSD from ASUS to see what happens when you can feed the data from an SSD across two SATA ports, giving it the bandwidth of two PCIe lanes.  That should allow a theoretical 10Gbps bandwidth as PCIe 3.0 lanes are still being held in reserve as there are not that many available on an LGA1150 board but as KitGuru points out "leaked information suggest (we still cannot confirm anything) that M.2 support will be native to the ‘future Intel chipset’."  Check out their review and be prepared to be amazed that the speed of 728MBps was lower than expected.

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"We revisit the SATA Express interface to obtain a more up-to-date look at what the next generation of SATA connections is capable of. Our tools for the job; a retail Asus motherboard set to release soon, and a concept version of Asus’ Hyper Express enclosure, internally powered by solid state storage."

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Source: KitGuru
May 1, 2014 | 05:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's still not fast enough to push controller development. At the moment controller development is outpacing interface development and to get the fastest speeds a PCIe card is needed. I can imagine an intel 9 series motherboard of the future will have more than enough lanes of PCIe to support the very fastest LSI developed controller through the SATA express 3.0 interface. The only thing that bothers me is that bulky connector and the limited motherboard physical configurations that will be possible. I don't think it will be very feasible to have more than 2 ports that are capable of SATA express. Thoughts?

May 2, 2014 | 03:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

that motherboard connector is just stupid. I understand them wanting to keep backwards compatibility, but maybe it's time to replace it.

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