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  • ShieTar - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    PCIe Drives for the customer / small business market seem to be introduced by more and more companies these days. What I have not found so far and would really like to see here on AnandTech would be a direct comparison of one of these with the PCIe RAID Controller + 2/4 Drives Combination. Is there really any advantage on buying the drive package, or are you better of with the flexibility of Controller + independant SSDs?

    Sure, the package should have lower latencies in theory, and should have a lower cost to produce, and may not increase your boot-time as much as a dedicated controller. But is any of these really evident in reality, and how does it compare to the drawbacks, e.g. the much higher energy-density on such a card? Does that decrease lifetime and power consumption?
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  • AnnihilatorX - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    Latency of the bus wouldn't matter too much.

    The only 2 advantages I see with PCI-e based RAID is that the RAID is intact even moving between systems, and is not limited by the controller; and that the bandwidth is higher than motherboard based SATA controllers, which usually run only on PCIex1 interfaces.
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  • ShieTar - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    I thought the modern Intel On-Board SATA controllers interface directly to the DMI link, and not use the PCH PCIe interfaces? Sandy Bridge DMI should be good for at least 3 SATA 6Gbps ports under perfect conditions.

    But yes, I assume using an on-board controller instead of a PCIe-Controller would significantly reduce performance of a 4-SSD-RAID based on SF-22xx.
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  • bmo98 - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    Any estimate of when this monster will hit the shelves? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    I thought the Super Talent rep said March or thereabouts, but that might be off. (A lot of stuff seems to be "coming around March or early Q2" at CES.) If I can find any additional information I'll let you know. Reply

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