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PCI-E SSD Does 1000 MB/sec.

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

PhotoFast's new G-Monster-PROMISE PCIe SSD claims to be the first in the industry to reach 1000 MB/s

PhotoFast's new G-Monster-PROMISE PCIe SSD--so new its not even listed on the official website as of this writing--claims to be the first SSD device in the industry to reach 1000 MB/s. In appearance alone, the device, connecting to an x8 PCI-e slot, looks huge, possibly eating up two or three physical spaces on the motherboard. That may not be the case, as the actual dimensions are 10.63-inches x 4.75-inches x 1.71-inches, and weighs just over two pounds.

However, despite its seemingly unusual size, the SSD comes with a great benefit: super-fast read and writes of 1000 MB/sec and 1000 MB/sec respectively, making it around three to five times faster than standard SATA solutions thanks to the PCI-e connection. According to the company, the G-Monster-PROMISE will appear in three flavors: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. The drive also supports MLC flash, and offers 256 MB of ECC DDR II and SDRAM memory.

PhotoFast also revealed that the device has a MTBF of around 2,500,000 hours, and a data retention of five years. The SSD not only supports S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology), but has a high reliability based on its internal BCH 15-bit Error Code Correction technology. Unfortunately, the device isn't even available in Japan until the middle of May, and more than likely won't hit North American shores for a while. As for pricing, according to this flyer, the 128 GB version will cost a whopping $1600USD, and the 1 TB version will cost $4500USD. Ouch.

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    curnel_D , May 5, 2009 11:08 PM
    "According to the company, the G-Monster-PROMISE will appear in three flavors: (1)128 GB, (2)256 GB, (3)512 GB, and (4)1 TB."
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    the_one111 , May 5, 2009 11:01 PM
    "$4500USD"

    ........

    dang straight "Ouch".
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    igot1forya , May 5, 2009 11:05 PM
    interesting
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  • 11 Hide
    curnel_D , May 5, 2009 11:08 PM
    "According to the company, the G-Monster-PROMISE will appear in three flavors: (1)128 GB, (2)256 GB, (3)512 GB, and (4)1 TB."
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    wickedsnow , May 5, 2009 11:12 PM
    "G-Monster-PROMISE will appear in three flavors: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB"

    Is that not 4 flavors?
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    akhodjaev , May 5, 2009 11:27 PM
    1tb is not a flavor:)  is human error.
    Strange for decades we were spinning something to read or write. look now... last 2 years and we are boosting to extreem speeds:)  i like it. even it is expensive. the important thing that we have it or we can have it. Thanks R&D
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    kyeana , May 5, 2009 11:38 PM
    pricy, but dang i wouldnt mind getting my hands on one.

    although if im not mistaken you still wouldnt be able to use it as an os disk (at least for the time being)
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    Greatwalrus , May 5, 2009 11:41 PM
    Well the good news here is that they have this super fast SSD for $1600 at 128GB, that means the slower SSDs with similar storage space around the $1600 price range will have to come down even more. MOAR SSD advancements please. :) 
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    scook9 , May 5, 2009 11:42 PM
    is this an actual SINGLE ssd or another raid situation with several drives RAID'd together, meaning its actually the same SSD's that have been out all along just in an array. Because, if it is a single drive then I am impressed, otherwise it is just eyewash on products that already exist.
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    Shadow703793 , May 5, 2009 11:43 PM
    Ok so this is basically a RAM+SSD hybrid. The RAM is what gives it the edge over normal SSDs. Also there is not much point with a ~1Gbps READ speed bandwidth yet. I'm assuming it's read speed. If it's write speed that would be nothing short of AMAZING. Most important of all: Can it be used as a boot drive?
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    coopchennick , May 5, 2009 11:44 PM
    Didn't PhotoFast's consumer SSDs do terribly in the recent roundup?

    I bet this thing is ONLY optimized for sequential read/writes
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    The Schnoz , May 5, 2009 11:45 PM
    curnel_d"According to the company, the G-Monster-PROMISE will appear in three flavors: (1)128 GB, (2)256 GB, (3)512 GB, and (4)1 TB."


    Emergency! I also hear there's a Baskin-Robbins that doesn't actually serve 31 flavors. Thank you anal police!
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    blasko229 , May 5, 2009 11:46 PM
    how bout, 1000mb/s read, 1000mb/s write, l000gb size, 1000$

    how could they have missed it?
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    lire210 , May 6, 2009 12:39 AM
    does any ones see a 295gtx or is it just me. but any way
    Quote:
    how bout, 1000mb/s read, 1000mb/s write, l000gb size, 1000$
    wishfull thinking intels 160gb drive is close to 1000 bucks and has no where near 1gb/s and 1gb/s write cmon but we can all dream
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    lire210 , May 6, 2009 1:07 AM
    if you thhink about it it is better cost per buck now for some crazy cal stuff.b is buck p is per and g is gig w is mb/s in write and r is mb/s read duh. low is better in score
    g-monster 1tb gpb 4500/1024= 4.395 per gig
    4500/1000 per read write over all score =88.999
    intel x25-m 160gb cost =630/160=3.936
    write= 630/70=9 ouch read=630/250 2.52 over all=89.30 but that really bad write
    finally ocz vertex 120gb price =385/120=3.208 best
    read 385/250= 1.54 best write 385/140= 2.75 over all13.586
    that will show you something go cheap and go raid woot. but my test are just by the number not real world performance.scores ocz 13.586 intel89.3 gmonster=89.99
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    blaze589 , May 6, 2009 1:16 AM
    Not even the draft of SATA III [6Gbp/s] is capable of 1GB read and write, so it's impressive as well as future proof. The price on the other hand, well it goes without saying...
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 1:24 AM
    *Nobody* expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our *three* weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical dedication to the pope.
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 1:55 AM
    They should include this in the Mac Pro desktop. I'm sure they could easily throw in a $4500 hard drive for what they charge.
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    matt_b , May 6, 2009 2:23 AM
    Shadow703793Also there is not much point with a ~1Gbps READ speed bandwidth yet. I'm assuming it's read speed. If it's write speed that would be nothing short of AMAZING.

    "However, despite its seemingly unusual size, the SSD comes with a great benefit: super-fast read and writes of 1000 MB/sec and 1000 MB/sec respectively, making it around three to five times faster than standard SATA solutions thanks to the PCI-e connection."
    Amazing is the word indeed.
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    Caffeinecarl , May 6, 2009 2:59 AM
    I want TWO... in RAID!
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    SurJector , May 6, 2009 6:20 AM
    Want to bet that the amazing speeds are true only if they hit only the embedded RAM but not the flash ?
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