First SATA 6G SSD Arrives: Marvell controller prototype tested!
The very first taste of the future of storage
SATA 6G gets a chance at redemption
We got our first hands on with SATA 6G (or SATA 6.0 Gb/s or SATA III depending on the one writing) technology back in October when the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard first reached our test bench along with an early sample of the Seagate XT 2.0TB - the first SATA 6G ready hard drive. Unfortunately, with that configuration, the SATA 6G results did not impress us: the speeds of the Seagate XT hard drive didn't outperform current existing SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drives to any noticeable degree.
Data from our FIRST look at SATA 6G was unimpressive
*Queue "Short Circuit" Music*
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
The Marvell Controller Prototype SSD
This time around an interesting little device found its way into our offices - a very early engineering prototype of an SSD using a SATA 6G-ready controller from Marvell.
- Marvell is NOT going to be making SSDs, only controllers for SSDs, but this is their prototyping solution. Don't expect to see this for sale.
- This is a read-only disk - it was built using ROM memory instead of NAND flash simply because of cost and the drive is still in its infancy. That means we will not be able to do any kind of write tests or benchmarks that require a file system because the unit cannot be initialized.