Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek!

If you've been watching our previous coverage of Fusion-io's almost too good be true PCI Express SSD products, you'll know that while the company makes no bones about the fact that their enterprise class cards are ridiculously expensive, they are also planning on delivering an "enthusiast" class card that will align better price-wise with the average end user just looking for killer storage performance.  It appears the planning process is over today and though it was delayed a month or two, Fusion-io is now executing on that plan. 

Fusion-io's ioXtreme and ioXtreme Pro cards just showed up to the Boston HH Test Labs and as we like to say around here, they're looking pretty <HOT>.

Left:  Fusion-io's ioXtreme  - Right:  Fusion-io's ioXtreme Pro

Left:  ioXtreme Pro  - Right:  ioXtreme - Click for high res.

We've received two cards for testing here; one is the ioXtreme Pro, that you can install multiple cards into a system for RAID configurations and the other is the ioXtreme for single-card installations.  Save for the heat sink color coding and the "X" logo on the standard card's backplate, it's almost impossible to tell the two cards apart, at least mechanically.

Fusion-io ioAdministrator Software

Fusion-io's ioAdministrator software allows for basic management and monitoring of the drive volume.  You can also perform a low-level format of the drive and choose settings from maximum write performance with less total capacity, to max capacity with lower performance. (Update: 4:50PM this function is not available on the ioXtreme but only on the enterprise-class ioDrive product)

This software functions very much like Fusion-io's standard ioManager software we showed you here.  As
a quick-take on performance, we've formatted an 80GB ioXtreme Pro with maximum capacity settings and ran it through an ATTO Disk Benchmark run for grins and giggles.

ioXtreme Pro ATTO Performance
Click for high res.

Simple, Half-Height PCI-Express Elegance - More details and a full review soon!

It's true, your eyes do not deceive you.  You're looking at a product that offers 300MB/sec average write throughput and 750 - 800MB/sec of average read throughput.  We're going to strap on a drool bib and get back to testing these bad boys a bit more. RAID 0 anyone?  Stay tuned!