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Patriot: We Built a 40 SSD Drive Crazy Computer

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Patriot is showcasing the "world's fastest PC" at CeBIT 2010.

Reporting from CeBIT 2010, TechPowerUp has set its eyes on the fastest PC in the world, at least in the storage department.

The PC's configuration is also pretty beefy:

- (5) LSI Mega RAID SAS/SATA 9260-8i raid cards 
- (2) 1000W Thermaltake TRX-1000M power supplies 
- (1) Thermaltake case 
- (1) Super Micro X8DTH-I X58 Server motherboard 
- (2) Intel Xeon 5550 CPUs 
- 48GB 1333MHz of Patriot DDR3 ECC-Registered memory (12) PS34G13ER-E 

The storage system of the computer though,--where the true performance lies--speaks for itself.

A sustained rate of 155,000 IOPS/s is generated by using forty 256GB TorqX SSDs connected to five LSI SAS PCI-E controllers. According to the TechPowerUP article, the system supposedly is able to "rip an entire Blu-ray in 0.9 seconds." Clearly, this is impossible as no optical drive can manage that. What more likely happened was that a reporter misquoted Patriot.

The system is capable of making a duplicate copy of a "Blu-ray rip" on the 40-drive SSD array in a blistering fast 0.9 seconds. That's at least an 8GB file copy in under a second. We don't know about you but, load times be-gone!

Currently there's no indication on when this insane beast will be unleashed.

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    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 5:48 PM
    If I gave them 5 dollars, do you think they would let me have it?
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    kelfen , March 3, 2010 5:50 PM
    I can buy a corvete for the amount of sdd's that are in that case
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    microterf , March 3, 2010 5:49 PM
    Crazy stupid fast.
    Love It.

    Right after I can afford a drive setup like this, FERMI should be available for actual purchase and life will be good ;) 
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    alvine , March 3, 2010 5:46 PM
    i wonder how much it all cost!
  • 25 Hide
    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 5:48 PM
    If I gave them 5 dollars, do you think they would let me have it?
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    microterf , March 3, 2010 5:49 PM
    Crazy stupid fast.
    Love It.

    Right after I can afford a drive setup like this, FERMI should be available for actual purchase and life will be good ;) 
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    kelfen , March 3, 2010 5:50 PM
    I can buy a corvete for the amount of sdd's that are in that case
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    skykaptain , March 3, 2010 5:53 PM
    "- (1) LSI Mega RAID SAS/SATA 9260-8i raid cards," shouldn't that be 5 as you say here, "forty 256GB TorqX SSDs connected to five LSI SAS PCI-E controllers."
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    rhino13 , March 3, 2010 5:57 PM
    Yea... but can it run... [Insert stoneage game here]

    No = Fail
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    Doomsy2006 , March 3, 2010 5:58 PM
    Can we say Ultimate *Contest* Prize!
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    zelannii , March 3, 2010 6:01 PM
    So, give or take $50K, maybe 60? but only 10TB of storage in RAID 0, or 2.5TB in RAID 1/0. 150,000 IOPS can be achieved for less per TB with even basic SAN architectures, and they're far more redundant.

    A nice achievement for a PC tower, but not something I believe to be taken seriously. I can't begin to imagine a use case for that many IOPS on that little storage that would run under those 2 CPUs (or 20 of them)...

    I must admire the cabling detail though...

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    traken , March 3, 2010 6:03 PM
    Why?...
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    envolva , March 3, 2010 6:04 PM
    I love the "everything you can fit inside the case" kind of deal.
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    anamaniac , March 3, 2010 6:04 PM
    That's A LOT of cables.
    It would have been fun to see it with only 2 GB of RAM, and another 100GB of virtual RAM.
    Each SDD cost $750.
    Each DIMM costs $155.
    Each CPU costs $1000.
    The motherboard costs $450.
    Each PSU costs $180.
    Each RAID card costs $500.
    I can't say the costs for the case or that last expansion card however.

    (40)700+(12)155+(2)1000+450+(2)180+(5)500= $35170
    This is only taking the core components into question. That's a damned expensive system. I want.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 6:13 PM
    Techpower up said it cost around $60,000
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    eklipz330 , March 3, 2010 6:18 PM
    I just came back from the future with kevin, and it turns out, this wont be fastest in a few weeks.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 6:23 PM
    - 48GB 1333MHz of Patriot DDR3 ECC-Registered memory (12) PS34G13ER-
    Forget the virual RAM, heck, forget the SSDs. Just load up windows onto a virtual drive in memory! Just don't unplug the power :0/
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    enzo matrix , March 3, 2010 6:29 PM
    Article- 48GB 1333MHz of Patriot DDR3 ECC-Registered memory (12) PS34G13ER-E

    Two other sources claim 96GB of memory not 48GB
    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/14386/patriot_claim_to_have_built_fastest_pc_in_the_world/index.html
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/news/systems-news/patriot-displays-fastest-system-planet/

    Where did you get the 48GB number from?
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    mados123 , March 3, 2010 6:33 PM
    Now if you could combine the transfer rate of this with the computing power of the FASTRA II (13 GPU's, 12 trillion operations per second!), that would be insane!
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    redplanet_returns , March 3, 2010 6:42 PM
    what i'm more amazed about is how they managed to fit them all in a tower while keeping it clean inside the case. that's 2 cables per drive (power/sata) = 80 cables running around just for the drives alone!
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    HavoCnMe , March 3, 2010 6:50 PM
    So what was the purpose of this? You would think they would be braging about beating the world record....but that's not the case. So is this just a pretty picture of what could of been a beast of a machine? JMO
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 3, 2010 6:58 PM
    Quote:
    Where did you get the 48GB number from?


    If it did indeed use Patriot PS34G13ER-E Memory, it would be 48GB (12 x 4 GB).

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    belardo , March 3, 2010 7:13 PM
    Will it... could it... play...


    CRYSIS?
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