Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more
Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:
With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.
Also on display was a 512GB standard 2.5-in hard drive space. Unfortunately this drive is using a pair of JMicron 602B controllers in a RAID 0 array with a JMicron RAID controller - if capacity is king for you then it might still be the best option.
The most interesting thing on display was the new RAIDDrive from Super Talent - a custom built PCIe x8 device that can act as a non-bootable storage source. We don't have a ton of information on the drive yet, but we did learn that ST is aiming for a price "under $1000" for the 256GB gaming model. There will be other versions available including a business-oriented ES model that includes a battery for data integrity of the integrated RAID array.
You might also see some 2TB models coming in the not too distant future.
We were able to sneak a couple of performance results from the test bed including CrystalDiskMark above...
...and HDTach here. Results are impressive for sure though not out-of-the-ordinary for high-end SATA-based RAID cards in terms of raw throughput. What WOULD benefit dramatically is the access time - notice the 0.1ms result seen here.
I'm sure we'll have more on this tech and other new SSD info from Allyn soon!