File-It-Under: SSD storage By: D.F.Skinner!~
If you read any of my articles in the past, you know I'm such a big ,huge fan of the PCIe SDD cards.Though the PCIe SSD is still rather pricey and in its infancy as far as storage technology is concern,I can see this replacing the storage technology that we are currently using in our PC's today,its easy to install and you don't have to worry about using any cables. Asus which makes just that about everything that's attached to a computer or some form of Internet device, are not known for constructing storage devices.That is until today when Asus launched its PCIe SSD, but this is no ordinary PCI e SSD which you see on the market today from other PCIe SDD card makers,this particular storage device is different in that it is compatible with the old legacy BIOS and the new UEFI BIOS (UEFI stands for Universal Extension Firmware) very unique to say the least and a first of its kind. Now this BISO compatible feature is not defaulted,it has a Dumode feature which allows users to work with either type of BIOS setup. Simply just initiate the switch to the desired BIOS settings and you're are ready to use this PCIe SSD.
The switchable BIOS feature on the RAIDR Express SSD PCIe card doesn't tell the entire story,its the speed of the card that has many tech pundit and geeks alike impress.The card is rapid fire fast,how fast you might ask? The RAIDR Express can perform sequential reads up to 830MB/s and sequential writes up to 810MB/s, along with a 100,000 4K read/writes IOPS,yes,I know what you're thinking,its supremely fucking fast. The drive itself uses the latest generation dual LSI SandForce controller and a Toshiba constructed 19nm 16k-page size multi-level cell (MLC) sync-NAN flash memory chipset.
The drive comes in a 240GB storage capacity that's encased in a double-sided metal shield.The mean before time failure rate(MTBF) is measured at 620,000 hours,which means you can literally get 70 years of storage usage on this drive. As always usually when you have a launching like this of this eye buzzing magnitude,there is no listed price point available for some reason.I have a hunch though that this SSD PCIe card will not come at a reasonable price tag.