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Angelbird to Bring PCIe SSD on the Cheap

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October 19, 2010 1:07:56 AM

Anything that brings prices down for us customers is good. :D 
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Anonymous
October 19, 2010 1:08:47 AM

Wonder if it will be bootable on older computers too...
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October 19, 2010 1:10:13 AM

This is amazing! Glad to see a low(er) cost solution with some crazy expandability potential. Looks like the scaling goes FAR beyond what most of us would need. This may be a near future investment...
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October 19, 2010 1:13:55 AM

For that kind of performance, that's dirt cheap! Nice to see prices coming down...
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Anonymous
October 19, 2010 1:18:33 AM

i need a new dictionary.... my definition of cheap seems obsolete
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October 19, 2010 1:19:18 AM

Nice. Seems promising.
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October 19, 2010 1:29:59 AM

I agree I feel as though that is much more expensive than current ssd offerings. the performance I think is what the big deal is that is huge performance just extremely small compared to the ssds out there...

currently you can get a 128GB ssd drive for around 240 +/- compared to 16GB of this for 240... how is that cheap again?
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October 19, 2010 1:34:05 AM

Would be nice if these things could one day be integrated on the mobo.
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Anonymous
October 19, 2010 1:48:54 AM

OCZ's cards are cheaper.

OCZ (OCZSSDPX-1RVD0080) RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD 80GB, Read: 540MB/s, Write: 450MB/s for $299.99 and a $30 mail in rebate for 269.99.
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October 19, 2010 1:58:10 AM

I didn't catch the "on the cheap" part.

This harkens back to the old days when you could buy a hard drive on a card for your IBM PC.
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October 19, 2010 2:07:10 AM

I like the idea of SSD on a PCI-e slot. Less cable clutter in a case is desirable.
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October 19, 2010 2:10:44 AM

jupiter optimus maximusI like the idea of SSD on a PCI-e slot. Less cable clutter in a case is desirable.

yea and there arent that many usefull pcie devices except for sata6 and usb 3.0 and there arent even that many of those.
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October 19, 2010 2:10:52 AM

This reminds me of the days of Amiga! I want to see more ingenuity like this!
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October 19, 2010 2:16:03 AM

It'll be nice in 15 years when drive these fast are $50 a pop.... Unfortunately I don't think I'll have one of these for the majority of that time period...
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October 19, 2010 2:17:48 AM

Hard LineI agree I feel as though that is much more expensive than current ssd offerings. the performance I think is what the big deal is that is huge performance just extremely small compared to the ssds out there... currently you can get a 128GB ssd drive for around 240 +/- compared to 16GB of this for 240... how is that cheap again?
The fully populated card has been tested at over 1.02Gb/second for reads and 900Mb/second for writes which is performance not previously seen at this price point, and never previously seen on a bootable PCIe SSD card, let alone an upgradable one.
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October 19, 2010 2:19:55 AM

I luv Lego! Reminds me of something Gigabyte made when SSD's were too expensive, using a PCIe card & RAM kept alive with it's own battery. OCZ OCZ RevoDrive $375 for 120GB with 400Mb/sec is still the sweetheart for the next rig I build, if it gets TRIM...
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October 19, 2010 2:30:51 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the current limit for a PCIE 1x link is 500 MB/s. The rev 3 spec will double that, but even then how do they get to 1081 MB/s?
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October 19, 2010 2:44:00 AM

I expect to hear this company went belly up by this time next year.

The economy in most countries isn't getting any better and apparently the prices of computer components is going to continue to rise for the most part. Startup companies looking to enter the market at high price points, regardless of the product or it's performance, are more likely to fail because most people aren't going to spend the money.
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October 19, 2010 3:15:35 AM

It looks like a PCI-e 4x card not just 1x. 1x could only get 500MB/s max in one direction with PCI-e v2 spec.
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October 19, 2010 5:30:06 AM

This isn't really a price decrease so much as a performance increase. As others have said on this site before, the price of the SSD will not come down, the performance for the same price will just keep going up. Reality check: we are talking about $15 per GB as opposed to $0.20 per GB for conventional storage. 75 times more expensive is hardly what I call bringing it to the masses.

By the way I have 2 SSDs in my system and I think the technology is great.
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October 19, 2010 6:20:36 AM

I see no use for these cards. With the 16GB version you can load little more than your OS. You can load ultra high resolution CAD drawings really fast, but the drive will only hold 1 of them.
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October 19, 2010 6:36:15 AM

Lower prices are always good, but this device would be a lot more useful if it were PCI-e 16x. Seriously, PCI-e 1x is way too slow.
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October 19, 2010 6:49:52 AM

Now I have something for my next build.
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October 19, 2010 7:37:36 AM

For people who say it's not cheap, other companies offer better prices blah blah... Did you actually read the article? This is meant to expand with addon cards. For what it is, it is cheap.
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October 19, 2010 8:49:51 AM

Finally! I've been advocating something similar to this for years.
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October 19, 2010 9:59:16 AM

cadderI didn't catch the "on the cheap" part.This harkens back to the old days when you could buy a hard drive on a card for your IBM PC.

But $240 for 16 GB is a bargain. A total bargain, I tell you!
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October 19, 2010 1:34:18 PM

Quote:
The built in "OS" is called Virtue...


Virtue is a customised Linux implementation. In fact, it uses the same apps as found in your typical Linux desktop installation => Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Wine, etc...In addition to their custom apps.
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October 19, 2010 1:42:03 PM

supertrek32It'll be nice in 15 years when drive these fast are $50 a pop.... Unfortunately I don't think I'll have one of these for the majority of that time period...


maybe 15 years from now we might have MOBO witn integrated 1TB bootable "SSD" memory. (they probably change the name by then)

:) 
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Anonymous
October 19, 2010 2:12:38 PM

I see on Angelbird's website that the card is actually using x4 PCIe, small typo?
I think this card is quite a breakthrough, it packs a lot for its price. This company will grow a lot!
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October 19, 2010 4:54:59 PM

The concept is amazing... I can't wait to hear product reviews. If this thing takes off then other companies are going to have to re-think prices on their PCIe SSD cards.
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October 19, 2010 6:56:49 PM

Well this would be awesome if I had the cash.
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October 19, 2010 7:04:44 PM

Cheap is relative to your age...I spent about $329 on a 120 MEGAbyte hard drive back in 1993 and thought it was a steal!
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October 19, 2010 8:28:17 PM

I swear this article says SSD on he cheap! $240 for 16GB is a joke!
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October 19, 2010 9:43:50 PM

well i think it is great as you see some boards with 7 pci slots. I hope to see more boot-able ssd. Soon will have pci 3.0 which will give us even more room to go further with this approach. The speed great, seeing more hitting the market, competition, awesome! i liked OCZ Revo SSD but the future looks bright :D 
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October 20, 2010 4:28:59 AM

This looks awesome, Im gonna have to keep an eye on it. Windows 7 might get an SSD after all! Its currently on a 150gb raptor while Chakra Linux is chilling on a 32 GB OCZ Vertex. I definitely like the idea of being able to buy a bare card with 16 or 32 GB integrated and add additional drives as you either have more money or the price drops (or both if youre lucky!). Another great feature is that it has a self-contained OS which is great because I tend to botch Windows and/or Linux upon occasion and I'm left booting off of liveCDs. Just reading about Virtue right now makes me want to buy one even sooner.
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October 20, 2010 7:16:48 AM

As far as I can see, the expansion SSDs for "wings" are based on industry standard connectors:

http://www.angelbird.co.uk/crest

Physically, you could attach ANY SSD to the expansion card.
I bet they have disabled 3rd party SSD upgrading through the onboard OS. :D 
I find it disappointing that they have not implemented the SATA III standard. Could have been a great incentive for people with older mobos, like myself (x58) to buy into this. :( 
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October 20, 2010 10:10:51 AM

Am I the only one blown away by the idea of a hard drive that is as fast as the PC133 ram I used in a computer I put together for middle school? Holy Crap!
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Anonymous
October 20, 2010 10:21:54 AM

Cant believe they are based in UK, paying British taxes (very very high compares to other parts of the operation)

Go on Angelwings, for the Queen!!
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October 20, 2010 4:31:45 PM

From the site: "Connecting your existing 2.5 inches HDD or SSD is also possible through our universal clip & couplers, included in every box."

It looks pretty interesting actually.
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October 21, 2010 5:42:19 AM

If it is competition for the OCZ Revodrive it's got to be a good thing. Should help to bring down relative prices a bit quicker. This whole SSD thing is poised to take off in the near future.
You all know that inevitably the technology will take hold. It always does, given space. Haven't we all seen time and time again how this process works? You get yourself the best bleeding edge solution money can buy, (assuming your wealthy) or you just dream of doing so(like the most of us). Two years later you find out that the average toaster has more grunt in it then your erstwhile uber-computer.
Nay saying the advent of SSD's is flat earthing. The only way they wont happen is if a different (better) solution is found before SSD's take hold(unlikely).The only current debate I can really see revolves around the type of drive we end up with (PCI-e or sata) As it is SSD's will no doubt reach the end of their line some time in the not to distant future, when the "next big thing" comes along.That is the way of things.Unless, or until, we blow ourselves up, or drown in a sea of our own toxic waste.
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October 21, 2010 8:46:38 PM

Hey, where's the post from the chap who always says "I'll buy it when the price goes down to $1 per gigabyte?"
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Anonymous
October 21, 2010 11:11:04 PM

This is the most exiting piece of hardware on the horizon at the moment. Refreshing to see such brilliant innovation in high speed raid cards fully upgradable this is excellent news and cheap too got mine on order for the first production run reckon these will sell like hot cakes I can't wait!
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October 22, 2010 1:47:08 AM

I'll get it when it comes free on the back of a cereal pack. Will that do geeky Cadet???
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