Walton Chaintech SSD Converter Makes Two CF Cards Act As Your Hard Drive

Walton Chaintech SSD Converter Makes Two CF Cards Act As Your Hard Drive

Here's one thing we can all agree on: SSDs are awesome, and far superior to HDDs in almost every scenario imaginable. Here's another we can agree on: SSDs are still priced far too high for most to give them a second glance. For years now, solid state storage has been breaking benchmarks left and right, but SSDs are still considered a niche product because of the prohibitive pricing surrounding them.

In order to bring SSD-like performance to your next computer without you having to actually pony up and pay for an SSD, Walton Chaintech has launched a unique new solution that combines the speed of CompactFlash storage with the form factor of an SSD. The SSD Converter works as such: you simply pop up to two CompactFlash (CF) cards into the device, which is in the shape of a 2.5" SSD, and then slap the entire thing into your next notebook. The device supports SATA II transfers and can be arranged in RAID 0/1 scenarios, both of which enable your notebook to take advantage of Flash storage without you having to buy an SSD.

This kind of device is great for those with spare CF cards that are just laying around, and considering that 128GB CF cards are now widely available, you could theoretically create a 256GB SSD for yourself using this device as the converter. Reportedly, this adapter will reach speeds of up to 55MB/sec (read), and if you want to keep it all in the family, the company has its own Apogee CF 606x card (16GB/32GB) that boasts write and read speeds of 91MB/sec and 93MB/sec. No pricing details have been published on either just yet.


The unbeatable choice for performance and scalability – Walton Chaintech launches its SSD Convertor and CF 606X high speed memory card

To cater to consumer demand for data transfer efficiency, renowned RAM and memory card manufacturer Walton Chaintech is officially launching its new CF card convertor – the Apogee SSD Convertor. Consumers may use the high speed, high capacity CF cards as SSD hard disks, using the Apogee SSD Convertor, to expand the capacity of hard disk while achieving blazingly fast data transfer speed of conventional SSD. The Apogee SSD Convertor offers both performance and upgrade versatility. When paired with Walton Chaintech’s latest CF 606X high speed memory card, users will achieve a perfect match in terms of product compatibility and performance and enjoy velvety-smooth storage and processing experience on their PCs.

The all-new Walton Chaintech Apogee SSD Convertor is built to a standard 2.5” hard disk form factor. It features the high speed SATA II transfer interface and can simultaneously support up to two CF cards on top of Raid 0 and Raid 1 disk array functions. Users can choose to combine the capacity of two CF cards or use them as mirror disks to achieve higher data security based on their own needs. The Apogee SSD Convertor is superior in function to the traditional SSD. The Apogee SSD Convertor is capable of reaching 55MB/sec in actual data read test, which is significantly faster than the 46MB/sec performance of current mainstream 5400-rpm hard disks in terms of transfer efficiency. By choosing high capacity CF cards, users will substantially increase storage capacity without having to replace the convertor, and this greatly boosts the product’s scalability.

In addition, in an effort to satisfy consumer needs for high resolution photography and video recording on DSLR cameras, Walton Chaintech has also revealed its latest high speed, high capacity memory card – the Apogee CF 606X. The memory card boasts write and read speeds of 91MB/sec and 93MB/sec. Available in 16GB and 32GB, the incredible capacity of the product will allow users to perform uninterrupted recording of high image video with DSLR cameras without missing any bits and pieces of the fascinating moments in life worth capturing. Using the Apogee CF 606X in conjunction with the Apogee SSD Convertor will enable users to expand the memory card’s functions to general storage applications while achieving ultra high speed transfer performance that surpasses conventional hard disks. The golden combination of Walton Chaintech’s Apogee SSD Convertor and its CF 606X memory card offers incredible performance and scalability and it is a product package you should not miss.

 

About Walton Chaintech


Walton Chaintech Corporation, the world famous graphics cards manufacturer, has always been considering to provide more and better services through high technology. In the year of 2006, Walton Chaintech is proud to present the APOGEE® memory module series. Walton Chaintech is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan and has sales offices throughout China, Japan and the Americas. For more information, please visit www.chaintech.com.tw



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Wow, that is downright amazing dude!

jess

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This seems like a nice low budget SSD wanna be. It would be really cool to see some benchmarks with different kinds of compact flash in it. If it can give a nice budget boost it will be a device until real SSD come down in price.

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My question is, with all the buzz about the first gen of SSD not having TRIM support and having major slow downs due to this, will this product fall victim to the same thing?

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It's been a very long time since I heard about Chaintech; they were fairly active in the motherboard market once upon a time. (Walton is a new addition--I'm guessing someone bought the company). It looks like their focus has shifted away from motherboards and GPUs.

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I guess this is an interesting idea. I as one who has not yet adopted the SSD craze, because of the pricing, still don't see this as a valid device in comparison. The reasoning for upgrading to an SSD is the performance. While this device offers some of that, it is nowhere near the true SSD drive neither in performance, nor features, and of course reliability. I will just continue waiting for SSD to fall out of the top end pricing it is still in. When I can get a decent size high performance SSD for at the most twice the price of a standard mechanical HD vs capacity I will buy until then it is a no go.

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For people with CF cards just lying around, yes, this might be good-- I wonder how many of them there are? Here's my thought: If it's "just lying around," it's probably an older generation card-- 4 or 8 GB, speeds of 133x or lower. Prices have not been announced for the Chaintech device, but there will obviously be some overhead there.

Let's design a 64 GB SSD. Amazon has a 32 GB, 233x CF for about $80. That has about 35 MB/sec read and (as with all flash memory) lower write performance. But if we put it in RAID 0 configuration, we may see a speed boost-- it's not guaranteed, but let's assume a 33% improvement. We're now at about 47 MB/sec and have spent $160 on a 64 GB HD.

Now let's consider the OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT60G, which is slightly more expensive-- $189 at Newegg-- than the CF cards alone. It does, however, boast very high transfer rates: 240 MB/sec for reads and 135 MB/sec for writes. (The phrase "up to" gets thrown with regards to both media; still, the Agility and Vertex drives have been shown to live up to manufacturer's specs.)

Now, you can get faster CF cards-- but always at a premium. 600X cards (90 MB/sec) run at least $150 in that size. You'd be paying $300 plus the case for a SSD which is comparatively dog-slow.

But you know me, I like to see the silver lining in every dark cloud; smaller and slower CF cards can be had at decent prices. Patriot has a 266x (40 MB/sec) 8 GB unit at $27. Using the same RAID 0 bonus, that would be $54 plus the case for 53 MB/sec. The Western Digital Caviar Green 500 GB drive is about the same price, and its transfer rate is... hmm, depends. One reviewer rated it at 54 millibits per second, but some people don't know about that thing in the corner of their keyboard that says "Shift." Retrevo, who of course we trust because they dis the iPad, rates it at 3000 Mb/sec (375 MB/sec), which sounds like they're rating the SATA II interface, but y'know, we can trust them because they dis the iPad. A less reliable source (Tom's Hardware) benchmarks it at 94 MB/sec.

Hmm. Silver lining, silver lining... I got it! You can use all of those CF cards that you have lying around. Yeah, I know, we're back to the beginning. This looks like a good idea whose time has long passed.

But an idea comes to mind: We all have lots of cheap USB flash drives. How about a case that would hold a dozen or so of them, and put the whole thing in a RAID 0 to make them look like one big disk? I'd pay twenty bucks for that!

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