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Asus Launches the ROG RAIDR Express PCIe SSD

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The Asus ROG RAIDR Express is aimed at “hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts demanding a more reliable computer experience.”

Asus has announced the ROG RAIDR Express, the first PCI-Express SSD to offer DuoMode BIOS support that includes two BIOS chips and a hardware switch that allows it to be compatible with both legacy and modern UEFI BIOS.The SSD features a dual LSI SandForce controller, Toshiba 19 mm 16K MLC NAND flash memory that provides a capacity of 240 GB, sequential read and write speeds of 830 MB/s and 810 MB/s, respectively, and is rated for 100,000 4K read/write IOPS.

The ROG RAIDR also bundles a number of other “speed-boosting tricks up its sleeve” including RAMDisk, ROG HydriDisk technology, and the SSD TweakIt utility. The former allows users to dedicate up to 80 percent of a computer’s available RAM for use as a high-speed virtual drive to accelerate the loading of favorite applications and games. It has achieved read speeds of over 12,000 MB/s in Asus’ internal tests.

The ROG HydriDisk allows the SSD to act as a solid state cache for mechanical hard drives with a capacity of up to 4 TB. TweakIt can relocate repetitive write tasks to the RAMDisk for faster operations and can be used to apply a preset profile “that refines processor settings automatically.”

Last but not least, Asus has placed particular emphasis that the ROG RAIDR’s impressive performance has not come at the expense of durability since the SSD is rated for a remarkable 620,000 hours mean time between failure (MTBF) and includes tough, double-sided metal shielding for better heat dissipation, stability and reduced electromagnetic interference.

Asus has yet to provide information on the ROG RAIDR’s pricing or availability; the product’s launch video is available below.

Asus ROG RAIDR SSD

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    msahni , July 31, 2013 8:13 AM
    Hey...
    Why is this PCIE 2.0 I thought with Haswell we were moving to PCIE 3.0 with a muh greater bandwidth and speeds....

    Or did ASUS forget to launch this last year....

    Cheers....
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    Tyrell John , July 31, 2013 8:25 AM
    Asus has NOT launched the ROG RAIDR. If they had then someone, somewhere would have bought one and we would know the price. This product was suppose to be on the shelves 3 months ago. They have given no indication of then it will be available so how can they say the product has been launched? Its just taking too long....just tell us that the product will be available in stores in December or some time in 2014
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    osamabinrobot , July 31, 2013 8:31 AM
    Quote:
    Hey...
    Why is this PCIE 2.0 I thought with Haswell we were moving to PCIE 3.0 with a muh greater bandwidth and speeds....

    Or did ASUS forget to launch this last year....

    Cheers....

    because it cant saturate a pcie 2.0 pipe let alone a 3.0
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    Pinhedd , July 31, 2013 9:07 AM
    Quote:
    Hey...
    Why is this PCIE 2.0 I thought with Haswell we were moving to PCIE 3.0 with a muh greater bandwidth and speeds....

    Or did ASUS forget to launch this last year....

    Cheers....


    Intel has only implemented PCIe 3.0 on their Sandybridge-E, Ivybridge, and Haswell microprocessors. All other implementations, including Intel's 6, 7, and 8 series chipsets remain at PCIe 2.0.

    Since this SSD uses a 4x PCIe 2.0 connector it seems likely that users will want to connect it to the PCH to avoid a DMI bottleneck (which is itself just a derivative 4x PCIe 2.0 link between the CPU and PCH) while keeping PCIe 3.0 links on the CPU available for GPUs.
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    physical , July 31, 2013 9:41 AM
    If the product was launched, you could theoretically go into a store, observe it's price, pick it up, and purchase it.
    This is not a launched product.
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    Genzo , July 31, 2013 10:07 AM
    Wished this one has a decent SRP.
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    master_chen , July 31, 2013 10:15 AM
    >SandForce

    I've pretty much stopped reading after that and facepalmed heavily. 2014 almost at the door, ladies and gentlemen...sheesh...
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    ikyung , July 31, 2013 10:49 AM
    Meh, the reviews on this is pretty dismal at best. The only perk I can see for this is the aesthetics.
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    Branden , July 31, 2013 10:59 AM
    it'd be nice to start seeing some pci-e ssd's (that go beyond sata3 speeds) that aren't outrageously priced. here's hoping this drive is affordable (<$1/GB), not holding my breath though.
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    sylvez , July 31, 2013 11:14 AM
    Asus may need a better marketing team.. saying 'cool red led' doesn't make it cool.
    The consumers KNOW it is cool, but once you mention it it sounds cheesy.
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    SlitWeaver , July 31, 2013 12:59 PM
    Does anyone want to make a price estimate?
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    WithoutWeakness , July 31, 2013 1:17 PM
    I'm very disappointed by this product. I was hoping Asus would bring us a fast and competetive native PCIe SSD. Instead we're stuck with a pair of SandForce SSD's on a PCIe card in RAID-0. What a let down. We're starting to see native PCIe SSD's in the OEM laptop market. Apple has implemented them in their most recent MacBook Air lineup. I was hoping we would start to see native PCIe SSD's in the high-end consumer market but it looks like we'll be stuck waiting until SATA Express.
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    howee , July 31, 2013 3:16 PM
    This product is available in Australia

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24452
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    hannibal , July 31, 2013 4:12 PM
    Quote:
    Does anyone want to make a price estimate?

    400-500$ would be guite good estimation if this is really cheap. But 500-600$ would be more like reality or even more... This product is so much more features than just a pcie SSD that they most propably ask some premium over it.
    240 Gb PCIe cards are between 300-650$ in USA: http://ssds.findthebest.com/d/f/PCI-.-E


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    SlitWeaver , July 31, 2013 5:05 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Does anyone want to make a price estimate?

    400-500$ would be guite good estimation if this is really cheap. But 500-600$ would be more like reality or even more... This product is so much more thtan just a pcie SSD that they most propably ask some premium over it.
    240 Gb PCIe cards are between 300-650$ in USA: http://ssds.findthebest.com/d/f/PCI-.-E
    And a premium for the ASUS name ;P Alright, so a little out of my price range then, figures. Thanks for estimate and thoughts :D 
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    Jakula , July 31, 2013 6:45 PM
    Quote:
    Asus has NOT launched the ROG RAIDR. If they had then someone, somewhere would have bought one and we would know the price. This product was suppose to be on the shelves 3 months ago. They have given no indication of then it will be available so how can they say the product has been launched? Its just taking too long....just tell us that the product will be available in stores in December or some time in 2014


    It has been launched (at least here in Australia) it can be purchased from several retailers for $519AUD
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    notsleep , July 31, 2013 7:01 PM
    hope there's going to be a bunch of early adopters purchasing these puppies. that way, in a year, it'll cost around $199 for 256 GB for the ROG RAIDR Express. by then, they'll probably have ROG RAIDR Express II. i'll then install windows 8.2 on it which will support DX 11.3. :p 
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    noobnerd , July 31, 2013 10:42 PM
    I really hope they flip the logo around on the backplate
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    mynith , August 1, 2013 3:22 AM
    That RAMdisk thing, seems kind of silly to me. My Linux machine has a feature called preload which does exactly that. And correct me if I'm wrong, because I don't know too too much about Windows, but isn't that what Superfetch does as well?
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    -Jackson , August 1, 2013 5:14 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Asus has NOT launched the ROG RAIDR. If they had then someone, somewhere would have bought one and we would know the price. This product was suppose to be on the shelves 3 months ago. They have given no indication of then it will be available so how can they say the product has been launched? Its just taking too long....just tell us that the product will be available in stores in December or some time in 2014


    It has been launched (at least here in Australia) it can be purchased from several retailers for $519AUD

    Yeah I noticed it pop up on PCCG a few days ago: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24452&zenid=a641e67bf7d192bce70828f8de319547
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