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Angelbird Now Shipping SSD RAID Card for 800 MB/s

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For when just one SSD isn't fast enough.

SSDs are one of the best things you can do for your rig if you're looking to add that extra bit of speed. If you've already done that, and you're looking for even more speed, then a single SSD may not be good enough for you. In fact, maybe it's that SATA 3 6Gb/s standard holding you back.

If you want more speed, then you will have to look to PCI-Express for the answer. Austrian-based Angelbird has opened its online storefront with its Wings add-in card and SSDs.

Essentially, Wings is a PCIe SSD RAID card that can support up to four SSDs working together to deliver read speeds of 800 MB/s and writes at 750 MB/s. Those figures are achieved using Angelbird's own SandForce-powered Crest SSDs. The Wings card itself may have 16 GB or 32 GB onboard, depending on model.

Of course, users don't need to use the Crest SSDs from Angelbird, as long as they can fit their 2.5-inch drives onto the board. Angelbird tells us that even HDDs will work, though they may be a bit too power hungry for the PCIe bus.

Davide Rutigliano, founder and chairman of Angelbird, explained to Tom's Hardware, "Actually, the PCIe bus would not provide enough power even for SSD, but we developed a power section on the card (on the far right) that manages to accumulate enough amperage to feed the vast majority of SSDs on the market."

Wings also features an onboard distro of Linux called Virtue, which users can use to create RAID arrays from within the built in OS or via a software utility.

Angelbird is now shipping its products worldwide via DHL. Its Wings x4 PCIe SSD RAID card is now available starting at €166 or $249.

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    Shin-san , September 10, 2011 1:32 PM
    Is that a molex plug on the back of the card?
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    Mastervivi10 , September 10, 2011 1:42 PM
    Looks like a 4 pin in the back, yeah
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    warmon6 , September 10, 2011 1:52 PM
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    Is that a molex plug on the back of the card?


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    Looks like a 4 pin in the back, yeah


    Well from there website.

    http://www.angelbird.com/store/featured-products/wings-pcie.html

    That little 4 pin thing looks like it meant to recive extra power under heavy loads. The also include a Sata to 4 pin power adapter that you can see at the end of the row of pics

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    nikorr , September 10, 2011 2:20 PM
    "Actually, the PCIe bus would not provide enough power even for SSD, but we developed a power section on the card (on the far right)

    I don't like that all that much....
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    pro-gamer , September 10, 2011 2:47 PM
    ssd make it easy for us wow!
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    fancarolina , September 10, 2011 3:31 PM
    Anyone know what RAID modes this card supports, can you set up multiple arrays?
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    hmp_goose , September 10, 2011 4:11 PM
    Seeing how it's only got plugs for two cards (and tell me how that fits in a case), I'm betting on "0" …
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    hmp_goose , September 10, 2011 4:15 PM
    [looks at photos again]
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 4:19 PM
    The card has got two sockets per side, and multiple cards (linkable among them, by the way) fit very well into a standard case. Also, multiple arrays per card(s) are also possible. It's up to the user to configure the card as they please.
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    fancarolina , September 10, 2011 4:28 PM
    Could give you give me a source for your information, on linking and arrays?

    IncrementalAwesomenessThe card has got two sockets per side, and multiple cards (linkable among them, by the way) fit very well into a standard case. Also, multiple arrays per card(s) are also possible. It's up to the user to configure the card as they please.

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    fancarolina , September 10, 2011 4:34 PM
    Could you give me a source for your information, on linking and arrays? I would like to know more.



    fancarolinaCould give you give me a source for your information, on linking and arrays?

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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 4:45 PM
    All infos and pics are to be found on the Store. You will see pictures of the card on both sides, plus the website itself seems to be quite informative.

    From what I can see, the extra power cable is needed only when using magnetic HDDs, as they require more power. SSD should not require any extra power. Description of such cable is also in the store.
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    nebun , September 10, 2011 5:23 PM
    i will stick with my RevoDrivex2 for now
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    ParrLeyne , September 10, 2011 7:06 PM
    nebuni will stick with my RevoDrivex2 for now

    This card has a couple of significant benefits over the RevoDrive:

    - you can use any SSD to increase the storage capacity
    - you can build a 512GB (2xCrucial M4 256GB SSD) config for about 3/4 the price ($950) of a 480GB Revox2 unit (Newegg = $1350), but have 8% more available space.
    - you can build a 768GB (3x256GB SSD) config for about 55% of the price ($1350) of a 720GB Revox2 unit (Newegg = $2400).
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    ParrLeyne , September 10, 2011 7:10 PM
    Although I just posted a number of positives to the offering, I am not happy that the Angelfire site doesn't have any details on the about the configuration of the card, or about what the external connector on the card does.
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    marraco , September 10, 2011 7:41 PM
    The cost is larger than a SATA 6Gb mother, where you can RAID SSD faster than 500Mb/S each one, and surpass the 800Mb/s of this card.

    Also, what's the point of feeding energy from the card instead of the PSU??
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    mb2bm55 , September 10, 2011 7:56 PM
    marracoThe cost is larger than a SATA 6Gb mother, where you can RAID SSD faster than 500Mb/S each one, and surpass the 800Mb/s of this card.Also, what's the point of feeding energy from the card instead of the PSU??


    800MB/s = 6.4 Gb/s (Byte vs Bit). SO no, You can't Raid a SATA to do better than this card
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 8:05 PM
    SATA3 is jut too experimental right now, we will have to wait for Intel to make their move, and we will have to wait for users to like and get used to it... These guys maximize what we have, and I like it!
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    CaedenV , September 10, 2011 8:48 PM
    Wait... how is this any different from any PCIe Raid card? Other than that it provides power... which it admits to not being able to actually do.
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    warmon6 , September 10, 2011 8:59 PM
    hmp_gooseSeeing how it's only got plugs for two cards (and tell me how that fits in a case), I'm betting on "0" …


    http://www.angelbird.com/en/wings

    this link should tell you everything. (including that it actually has 4 ports for 2.5" drives. ;)  )
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