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Mushkin and OWC Shows Off PCI-Express SSDs

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During CES 2012, Mushkin and OWC showed off their PCI-Express SSDs, which are set to compete against OCZ Technology's RevoDrives.

During CES 2012, the SSD Review got an early look at Other World Computing's (OWC) stackable PCIe SSD. The drive is connected through a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface and contains the Marvell 88SE9445 SATA 6Gb/s RAID controller. The stackable PCIe card is capable of holding four mPCIe cards, which can provide a total capacity of 2 TB when all four slots are filled. The mPCIe card contains either the LSI SandForce SF-2281 or SF-2282 controller and houses a total of eight Toshiba Toggle mode NAND flash memory (four on the front and four on the back). No pricing, availability, or performance information was provided during CES 2012 for OWC's PCIe SSD.

OWC PCIe SSD (TheSSDReview)OWC PCIe SSD (TheSSDReview)

Mushkin joins the PCIe SSD race with its announcement of its 'Scorpion' PCIe SSD during CES 2012. Mushkin lists the Scorpion's performance at 1275 MB/s sequential read, 1500 MB/s sequential write, and 120,000 4K random write IOPS. The drive is connected through a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface and looks to utilize four LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers in RAID, along with a single Marvell PCIe controller. It will be available in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB and is expected to be released in the first half of 2012.

Mushkin PCIe SSD (TheSSDReview)Mushkin PCIe SSD (TheSSDReview)

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    bawchicawawa , January 19, 2012 2:13 PM
    How much will the 240 gb one cost?
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    thrasher32 , January 19, 2012 2:13 PM
    I want one of these, I hope theyre' not as expensive as the RevoDrives.
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    foxmulder_ms , January 19, 2012 2:13 PM
    Lovely.. I hope price will be smt in reach.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2012 2:38 PM
    Those PCBs look exactly the same
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    jayracer7474 , January 19, 2012 2:41 PM
    is it me or did they just glue a bunch of ram sticks to some pcb for a pci slot?
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    bloodymaze , January 19, 2012 2:44 PM
    Mushkin lists the Scorpion's performance at 1275 MB/s sequential read, 1500 MB/s sequential write, and 120,000 4K random write IOPS.

    WANT.
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    LukeCWM , January 19, 2012 2:45 PM
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    Mushkin lists the Scorpion's performance at 1275 MB/s sequential read, 1500 MB/s sequential write, and 120,000 4K random write IOPS.


    That's incredible!
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    guzami77 , January 19, 2012 2:47 PM
    I have a revodrive x2.. not a fan of PCI-e SSDs overall.. they can be finicky and you cant increase voltage to your PCI lanes for overclocking

    Sticking with sata SSDs in raid from now on
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    werfu , January 19, 2012 4:13 PM
    guzami77I have a revodrive x2.. not a fan of PCI-e SSDs overall.. they can be finicky and you cant increase voltage to your PCI lanes for overclockingSticking with sata SSDs in raid from now on


    You shouldn't overclock your PCI-e speed. The gain you get for in FPS is minimal and it can destabilize a system quite easily.
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    iamtheking123 , January 19, 2012 4:36 PM
    My next build will happen probably in August (Good timing for IB, Geforce 600, and no more HDD shortage). I'm planning on 4x SATA SSD's in RAID 0 as my primary storage and a few 2 TB Caviar Blacks as my media storage and backup.

    The newegg reviews for Revodrives are way too unimpressive. Especially since you can get the same results in SATA without pulling yout your hair.
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    buzznut , January 19, 2012 5:26 PM
    Yay Mushkin! Buy American!
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    ap3x , January 19, 2012 5:37 PM
    guzami77I have a revodrive x2.. not a fan of PCI-e SSDs overall.. they can be finicky and you cant increase voltage to your PCI lanes for overclockingSticking with sata SSDs in raid from now on


    I have the RevoDrive 3 X2 and so far I love it even though it is currently bottlenecked by my current mobo. I have it in a Asus Commando which is not a board on their supported list but I have not had 1 single issue with it. Works flawlessly.
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    thrasher32 , January 19, 2012 6:45 PM
    jayracer7474is it me or did they just glue a bunch of ram sticks to some pcb for a pci slot?


    lol pretty much, plus a couple of controllers
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    nikorr , January 19, 2012 6:51 PM
    Great for the Mushkin and good for us!
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    freggo , January 19, 2012 7:20 PM
    Funny to see how, like in the Fashion world, certain design ideas resurface after a while.
    Back in the days of 386,486 CPUs and CBMs Amiga computer we used Bus cards as memory expansions.

    We sold 8MB (yes, 8 Megabyte) cards for around $1800 then for the Amiga 2000 like hot cakes as the Studios and TV Stations where buying them for the emerging NLE applications.

    Now I can buy a 16MB USB stick (that's 2000 of those cards, or $3.6 Million worth) for 20 bucks and I have the feeling I am wasting money as it is too expensive :-)

    Gotta love computers !!!
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2012 7:45 PM
    Did anybody notice that the layout of both circuit boards are exactly the same. (OWC didn't have the heatsink installed). Are they the same product under different brands?
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    bloc97 , January 19, 2012 8:51 PM
    Wow... Use an SSD as RAM and you won't ever need to Hibernate your computer...
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    A Bad Day , January 19, 2012 9:33 PM
    bloc97Wow... Use an SSD as RAM and you won't ever need to Hibernate your computer...


    And watch that SSD drop like a fly, especially under heavy load. Oh, and since SSDs have higher latency (due to architecture and distance over PCI lanes), and have lower bandwidth, the CPU will choke.
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    aznshinobi , January 19, 2012 10:01 PM
    Nice, competition for OCZ equals cheaper PCI SSDs
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    yanjustin98 , January 20, 2012 1:11 AM
    Nice.. interesting to see how this plays out on the mother board.
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