ASUS Adding RAIDR PCI-E SSDs To Its ROG Lineup

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2013 - 06:10 AM |
Tagged: trim, ssd, sandforce 2281, sandforce, ROG, raidr, raid, PCIe SSD, asus

ASUS is reportedly adding two new PCI-E Solid State Drives (SSD) to its Republic Of Gamers lineup. Dubbed RAIDR, the new PCI-E SSDs use 19nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash driven by two SandForce 2281 controllers. In turn, the two SandForce drives are put into a hardware RAID 0 configuration for maximum speed. The RAIDR SSD internals are encased in a stylized EMI shield along with a ROG-branded back-plate. In all, ASUS’ RAIDR SSDs measure 157 x 120 x 20mm.

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The ASUS RAIDR drives show up as a single disk driven by a standard AHCI controller, which allows the two RAID 0 SSDs connected via the PCI-E bus to be boot-able and support the TRIM command. Both RAIDR solid state drives also support Native Command Queuing (NCQ), SMART, Secure Erase, Windows 8 Secure Boot.

According to specifications provided by Sweclockers, ASUS is launching 120GB and 240GB versions of the PCI-E SSDs. Both capacities feature 100,000 IOPS, 128-bit AES encryption, and 620,000 MTBF ratings.

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The 120GB RAIDR SSD supports up to 765MB/s sequential reads and 775MB/s sequential write speeds. On the other hand, the 240GB RAIDR drive supports up to 830MB/s sequential reads and 810MB/s sequential writes.

Additionally, ASUS is bundling its RAIDR drives with Kaspersky Antivirus 2013 and a number of ASUS utilities (including SSD TweakIt). The drives should be available sometime next month, but pricing is still unknown. Adding PCI-E SSDs is an interesting move by ASUS that should help the company diversify and expand its ROG branding. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing how the drives stack up when they are released (and hopefully a PC Perspective review)!

Source: Sweclockers

April 19, 2013 | 06:58 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

That backplate needs to be turned around the other way...

April 19, 2013 | 07:24 AM - Posted by Steve S Stevenson (not verified)

I think it's supposed to look good outside the case

April 19, 2013 | 12:36 PM - Posted by LegoGuy (not verified)

Because, you know, how everyone buys an SSD to display it in their end-table.
But in seriousness, if the dimensions are the same, as they appear, it should be reversible with the use of a screwdriver.

April 19, 2013 | 11:07 AM - Posted by Rick Rodriguez (not verified)

How does it support Trim behind a RAID controller. Can someone elaborate?

April 19, 2013 | 12:07 PM - Posted by ChucklesNuts (not verified)

TRIM with RAID 0 has been forthcoming for a while. Intel just announced that their new NB's will have TRIM support with RAID 0. Samsung, Marvel and sandforce have all been working on this for awhile. All I can say is, it's about damn time. Hell I might get this drive to just see if it even works with my MOBO.

April 19, 2013 | 04:32 PM - Posted by heymoe99 (not verified)

I'll wait for the OCZ Vector PCIe with the barefoot controller. Plus the PCIe 4X on the OCZ will be faster and have more potential of the ASUS PCIe 2X

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