PhotoFast's Smoking Fast PowerDrive SSD Makes Us Giddy

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News Posted: Fri, Sep 17 2010 11:23 AM
Quick, what's bright red, crazy fast,and comprised of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory? If you guessed PhotoFast's new PowerDrive-LSI PCI-E solid state drive (SSD) line, then give yourself a cookie. And while you're at it, thank a teacher, because we both know you cheated and read the headline. We're glad you did, because PhotoFast has put something together worth salivating over.

Forget about SATA 6Gpbs, the PowerDrive-LSI slides into a x8 PCI Express 2.0 slot and serves up blistering fast transfer speeds you won't get from your SATA controllers. We're talking up to 1,400MB/s reads and up to 1,500MB/s writes, putting this peppy drive ahead of most of the competition, including PhotoFast's own 1Gbps G-Monster. The only other drive on the planet that can really compete is OCZ's Z-Drive, which is good company to be in.


Other bodacious features include 512MB of onboard DDR2 cache, an internal RAID controller, and robust support for a variety of OSes, including Windows Server 2003/2008/2008R8, Windows 7, XP, Vista, several versions of Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, VMWare ESXi 4.0, and more.

Word on the Web is that these will start shipping in October in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred million dollars (not really, but what's the over/under that this thing approaches anything near affordable?).
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AlanH replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 11:37 AM

I WANT ONE

or 6, that would be nice too

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 12:58 PM

We're all over this like a cheap suit. Hope to get one in to test ASAP!

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Dang that's fast. And you could store all applications on it, not just favorites. No doubt this is out of my price range

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Price?

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Inspector replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 3:05 PM

lol don't think of the price if you want something with speed :D

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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 9:05 PM

I want 4 of the 960GB ones. Here's our next contest prize!

Wheee!

The older, slower ones have speeds of 1,000-MB/s and cost $4,500 for the 1TB size.

So these 1,500-MBs drive may be a little more expensive.

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That is nice!

I wonder if this could be fully integrated with the GPU similar to the CausticsOne card to give a full Real-Time Rendering solution?

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 11:26 PM

Wow... sounds like a winner to me.

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SAlimov replied on Sun, Sep 19 2010 5:31 AM

Cool...Price plz.

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For all those curious where to get one of these, we actually purchase a Photofast Gmonster Powerdrive 960GB card from an irish website for €2,774.00

I think the smallest version was 240GB for €1,206.84

Nevertheless the speeds are impressive... close to 1400 MB/s read as promissed... think we benchmarked 1223 MB/s.

I think the site was called SSD Europe or something...

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I think PCI-e is the future of hard drives. That or some other format. No need to hold to the old fashion drive bays. Not to mention at the rate we are going SSDs will out pace Sata 6 pretty quickly, but first can some companies work on dropping the price and makes some solid cheap SSDs instead of being one more super fast crazy expensive drive.

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