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Super Talent Reveals RAIDDrive UpStream PCIe SSD

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During CeBIT 2012, Super Talent revealed its RAIDDrive UpSteam PCIe SSD, which is set to hit the market in April.

At CeBIT 2012, Super Talent introduced its new RAIDDrive UpStream PCIe SSD aimed for the consumer market. The drive will be up against recently announced Mushkin and Other World Computing (OWC) PCIe SSDs, along with OCZ's RevoDrive X3 and RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSDs. 

The drive is based on four LSI SandForce SF-1200 processors in a RAID 0 configuration. The card features PCIe 1.1 x8 interface and will be available in capacities of 220 GB, 460 GB, and 960 GB. The UpStream drive utilizes the four LSI SandForce controllers for sequential speeds of around 1 GB/s (read) & 900 MB/s (write), which is roughly twice the speed of a SATA 6.0 GB/s based SSD. 

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Super Talent has not announced the official date when the RAIDDrive UpStream will hit the market or its final pricing, but it is expected to be available in April with pricing competitive against current PCIe based SSDs.

Source: The SSD Review

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    jgutz2006 , March 13, 2012 11:25 AM
    Competitive against other PCIe cards = expensive enough to not want to disclose the actual amount early and turn people away before its released!
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    back_by_demand , March 13, 2012 11:59 AM
    Cost = Arm, leg & kidney
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  • 13 Hide
    jgutz2006 , March 13, 2012 11:25 AM
    Competitive against other PCIe cards = expensive enough to not want to disclose the actual amount early and turn people away before its released!
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    cmartin011 , March 13, 2012 11:25 AM
    sweet! hopefully equal to standard sdd prices!
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    bloodymaze , March 13, 2012 11:39 AM
    If it is anything like the Revodrive and closer to other SSD prices, I can deal with the bad $/GB ratio that we have already...

    Especially with more mobos adding support for PCI-e bootable drives, it will be good news for the consumers :) 
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    back_by_demand , March 13, 2012 11:59 AM
    Cost = Arm, leg & kidney
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    jacobdrj , March 13, 2012 12:12 PM
    back_by_demandCost = Arm, leg & kidney

    The question is: What the heck do they do with all those kidneys???
  • 6 Hide
    TeraMedia , March 13, 2012 12:48 PM
    Mmm... kidney pie...
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    TeraMedia , March 13, 2012 12:49 PM
    sorry... that was just bad.
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    ctbaars , March 13, 2012 12:54 PM
    I understand that there is a big black market for kidneys.
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    warezme , March 13, 2012 12:58 PM
    jacobdrjThe question is: What the heck do they do with all those kidneys???
    Wealthy old people get their kidney's from third world countries and cutting edge geeks.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 13, 2012 1:48 PM
    Wow, I don't think I have ever seen a thread derail as bad as this one.

    Make more SSD's. Drive competition. Lower prices. I need to upgrade from my pair of 2nd Gen 80GB Intel drives.

    Tom's, has there be any speculation about where SSD prices are heading? When can we see some good drops?
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    freggo , March 13, 2012 3:11 PM
    Damn, have to upgrade my birthday wishlist yet again :-)

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    __-_-_-__ , March 13, 2012 3:43 PM
    this sounds like insane but... it's not.
    the price of several SSD's + good raid controller can be much more expensive and have less performance then SOME pci-e SSD's.
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    sporkimus , March 13, 2012 5:00 PM
    I would be a lot more excited about these drives if I didn't have to burn up a PCI-E slot in order to use them. Let me know when you pack this level of performance into a drive that connects with a SATA cable.
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    upgrade_1977 , March 13, 2012 5:45 PM
    Honestly, i'm a gamer, and my games run just fine on a 7200rpm 1 terabyte drive. My desktop is even pretty snappy, and stuff loads pretty quick for me. Now I understand why people want faster hard drives, and I would love one, but the price for the PCIE SSD's are just WAAAAY to much for me. Even the regular ssd's are to much. I prefer more storage capacity. I've seen some video's of windows 7 booting in like 30 or less secons, and the video where they put 16 SSD's and opened up 42 apps in a couple of seconds. But, I play games, and my computer booting up taking 2 or 3 minutes or whatever, really doesn't bother me, and most of the time it only takes 30 seconds to load into a game, and editing photo's or video works just fine on my older drive. Again, i'd love to have the speed, but it's not something that the need outways the cost, like a faster processor or graphics card. Maybe if I was running servers or something. Meh, sorry, just jaw jabbing.
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    airborne11b , March 14, 2012 12:35 AM
    I disagree with upgrade_1977. Many games have frequent loading (Skyrim anyone!?) and playing without an SSD is PAINFUL. I have a 120gb OCZ Vertex 2, and a 1TB 7200 RPG Storage drive, and one day I was short on room on my OCZ drive, so I uninstalled Skyrim off my SSD and put it on my 7200 RPG hard drive. There difference in all the loadings were so vast that I could not stand to play the game any more! lol. I returned the game to it's rightful place on my SSD.

    Bottom line, a standard Sata SSD is a big difference in game load times over standard 7200 HDD, but differences between PCI-E SSDs and Sata SSDs in gaming are very small.

    Best value atm for gaming is a 120GB / 240GB SATA SSD, II or III depending on motherboard capability (I always opt for III now a days since prices are pretty close and it's backwards compatible anyway.)

    But ya, SSDs make a difference, and they are totally worth the 150-250 bucks spent, imo.
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    Anonymous , March 14, 2012 3:19 AM
    First off to the person who said a 7200rpm drive is good enough for gaming....that is a ridiculously ignorant statement to make. If a level in a game needs to load 2gb of data, it will take your 7200rpm drive at least 25 seconds to do. Now if you use a Revodrive 3 x2 max iops, it'll take all of 1 second.

    For example, loading in mass effect 3 is less than a second for me. And as resolutions go higher and games get more detailed, more data will be required to load a level. So when it requires loading 10gb of data for a level, your hard drive will take a good 2 minutes and 5 seconds, while the sad I mentioned above would just take 5 seconds. Hmm...5 seconds, or 2 minutes and 5 seconds. 25 seconds, or 1 second?

    And the hard drive mentioned in this post is a fail. Revodrive 3 x2 max iops already puts out twice the performance of this drive.
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    thessdreview , March 14, 2012 9:49 AM
    Wondering if the links under each photograph could be fixed...
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    Reynod , March 14, 2012 1:26 PM
    We passed this on to Doug for you ... great pics too Les.



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    tecmo34 , March 14, 2012 7:53 PM
    thessdreviewWondering if the links under each photograph could be fixed...

    I have updated to the images, as you have requested. If there is anything additional needed, please respond to the direct email I sent to you on the updated images.

    Best Regards,

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    ingeon , March 23, 2012 8:44 AM
    So is it worth installing a PCIe SSD and use for Windows cache only to improve performance ?
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