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Fusion-io Unviels PCI-e SSD for Gamers

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A little late on this one, but we wanted to spill the beans anyway.

Fusion-io, the purveyor of all things SSD on PCI-e, announced last week that it has a gamer/enthusiast version of its ioDrive. Essentially, a stripped down version of the faster ioDrive, the new ioXtreme is an 80 GB PCI-e SSD card that will be priced at less than $900. The drive will plug into a PCI-e x1 slot and offer speeds that break through current SATA standards--even the new and not yet available SATA 6 Gbps.

Unfortunately, one major feature holds back the ioXtreme from true greatness: boot.

Fusion-io said that while the new ioXtreme isn't bootable, the company will release a firmware update at a later date to enable booting and other features. We recommend early-adopters to hold out until Fusion-io does update the ioXtreme to be bootable, since this is a cried-for feature of many PCI-e SSD solutions.

Performance wise, Fusion-io said that the ioXtreme 80 GB will deliver an "average" read speed of 520 MB/sec. Fusion-io compares its ioXtreme to Intel's X25-E SSD (the fastest SSD currently available) to a tune of 246 MB/sec.

Just for comparison's sake, the Super Talent RAIDdrive GS does 1.5 GB/sec. read and 1.3 GB/sec. writes, sustained.

We forgot to mention that Fatal1ty officially has his name stamped onto Fusion-io's ioXtreme. According to the company's press release:

Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, the world’s best known PC gamer, and Fusion-io join up at the Fatal1ty E3 booth to launch the ioXtreme, a solid state storage device for high-performance PCs and workstations using 64 bit operating systems. The ioXtreme eliminates application latency, delivering the kind of storage performance once limited to the world’s fastest supercomputers.

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    the_one111 , June 8, 2009 10:50 PM
    redgarlProfessional gaming is pathetic...

    So is professional football.

    And baseball.

    And golf...

    But most of all, you are.

    "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
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    teeth_03 , June 8, 2009 10:06 PM
    I want "Fatal1ty" stamped on my left ass cheek just to make my body look hotter :D 
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    fonzy , June 8, 2009 10:23 PM
    Man if they can get the price down to $200 or $300 and make it bootable then I may consider getting one...which probably won't be for a couple of years.

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  • 14 Hide
    teeth_03 , June 8, 2009 10:06 PM
    I want "Fatal1ty" stamped on my left ass cheek just to make my body look hotter :D 
  • 12 Hide
    fonzy , June 8, 2009 10:23 PM
    Man if they can get the price down to $200 or $300 and make it bootable then I may consider getting one...which probably won't be for a couple of years.

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    rooseveltdon , June 8, 2009 10:30 PM
    this is definitely the future for hard drvies i can this becoming the standard in a few years
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    grieve , June 8, 2009 10:34 PM
    The price is wrong!
  • 17 Hide
    the_one111 , June 8, 2009 10:50 PM
    redgarlProfessional gaming is pathetic...

    So is professional football.

    And baseball.

    And golf...

    But most of all, you are.

    "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
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    Shadow703793 , June 8, 2009 10:54 PM
    For $900 I could have new PC. Or I could get a server board and load up $900 worth of RAM (~24+GB?) and make my self a nice 10GB RAMDisk. Seriously tough, this thing should be aimed more at servers than gamers.
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    krazynutz , June 8, 2009 11:30 PM
    redgarlProfessional gaming is pathetic...


    You're just pissed because you hate your job. If I could make sick money playing video games/tournaments, traveling around the world, and endorsing products...um...yeah. Sign me up.
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    Spanky Deluxe , June 8, 2009 11:38 PM
    Ok, so $900 for 80GB non bootable at 520 MB/s. Or two X25-M 80GB drives and a hardware RAID card in a RAID 0 setup for $700 giving 160GB, performance not much slower and bootable. Or three X25-M 80GB drives with a hardware raid card in RAID 0 setup for about $1025 giving 240GB, fair bit faster performance and bootable. This really looks like terrible value imo.
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    mavroxur , June 8, 2009 11:47 PM
    "The drive will plug into a PCI-e x1 slot and offer speeds that break through current SATA standards--even the new and not yet available SATA 6 Gbps."


    The Fusion-io ioxtreme is being released on a PCI-e x4 card (like pictured), not a x1 card like the article states. Would be hard to break the current SATA speeds on a x1 pci-e lane :-)


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    fonzy , June 8, 2009 11:52 PM
    It's going to be bootable with a firmware update,at least that's what it said.

    The good thing is there's so many new SSD's coming out from all different manufactures,competition "should" bring the cost down fairly fast.
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    IronRyan21 , June 9, 2009 12:18 AM
    Anyone else tired of hearin bout "Fata1ty"?
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    eklipz330 , June 9, 2009 12:35 AM
    i was hoping for gigabyte speeds... this is still really fast, but meh... ill get a pci card when they're dirt cheap
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    Wayoffbase , June 9, 2009 1:10 AM
    Isn't OCZ making one alot bigger for about that price?
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    MoUsE-WiZ , June 9, 2009 1:18 AM
    Get SlayerS_`BoxeR` or any *REAL* gamer's name on it and I'll be impressed. Only reason I know who Fata1ty is is that companies put his name on things for some stupid reason.
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    Vaguedream , June 9, 2009 1:19 AM
    I'm sorry but a grand for 80 gig's is just silly. I really don't care how fast it is but hell, so many games are taking up crazy amounts of space now a days. Let me know when the thing is 500 gigs in size and bootable.
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    v100 , June 9, 2009 3:03 AM
    nice try, 520MB/s breaks PCIe spec too!
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    Soul_keeper , June 9, 2009 3:16 AM
    "priced at less than $900" lol
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    IzzyCraft , June 9, 2009 4:13 AM
    $899.95 + tax & shipping :) !!! buy it now

    I would love that for raw file editing though.
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    eddieroolz , June 9, 2009 5:38 AM
    Quote:
    under $900


    What, $900 is a new mark of affordability?

    Maybe we should all hunker down $1000 for a Intel XE shall we?
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