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Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek!

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:05 PM | Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | (url: http://hothardwar...)

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 .

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.

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?

Category: Hardware | 7 Comments
Tags: fusionio

10-28-09 - 02:09 PM
I surely do not have enough gold in my palace for this fantastical alchemy, but oh it is wonderous

10-28-09 - 02:13 PM
Sounds like a kid's cereal.

"Fusion-io's, now with extra SSD!"
10-28-09 - 02:13 PM
Given that the previous release retailed for $3300 (80 GB), I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the new release will be less than that. In fact, I'd even guess less than $1700, since that's the price for OCZ's smallest (250 GB) PCIe SSD.

And throwing caution to the wind: I'm saying $850. That's a rough average price for Intel's 64 GB X-25E SSD, which is also a SLC.

Haven't seen prices like that for hard drives since the early 80's.
10-28-09 - 02:16 PM
Ludicrous Speed!

It's also faster than I need, especially given the price. Platter-based drives are as low as 8 cents per GB now, and the tech is very much proven.

$85 for a 1TB drive on NewEgg right now...
10-28-09 - 02:20 PM
Isn't the ability to swing the drive over your head like a lasso while you're decompressing horse porn worth the extra cash?
10-28-09 - 02:22 PM
I'll take two please
10-30-09 - 04:22 AM
Definitely price prohibitive.

Would be nice to have a few of these in my PC though.
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