ASUS ROG RAIDR PCI-Express SSD
So think a Revodrive, yet different. ASUS is to release the Republic of Gamers (ROG) RAIDR, a PCI-Express SSD that uses a number of mSATA SSD sub-units in an internal RAID 0 configuration that's abstract to the host. As it goes with every other ROG product, the RAIDR is dressed in secsi red+black, and uses a conventional full-height add-on card design that's completely covered by an EMI shield.
More details and photo's have now surfaced, the unit has a PCI-Express 2.0 x2 interface and uses two SandForce SF2281-driven SSD mSATA units striped in RAID 0 configuration. ASUS is planning 120 GB and 240 GB models. The 120 GB model offers sequential transfer rates of up to 765 MB/s reads with 775 MB/s writes. The 240 GB one offers up to 830 MB/s reads, with up to 810 MB/s writes.
The mSATA use Toshiba-made 19 nm MLC NAND flash chips, with 16 KB page size. The ROG RAIDR supports TRIM command, NCQ and SMART, despite being a RAID 0-based SSD. It is bootable with support for Windows 8 Secure Boot.
ASUS is to include a license to Kaspersky Antivirus 2013. It will apparantly also include software that lets you tweak the SSD. prices are TBA.
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