Convert Your CF Cards into an SSD

RAM and memory card manufacturer Walton Chaintech said on Tuesday that it has launched a new CF (CompactFlash) card converter. This device will allow consumers to use CF cards as an SSD, and serves as a capacity enhancement to HDDs already installed in the system. Called the Apogee SSD Converter, any CF card will fit within the 2.5-inch device, however the company naturally suggests that users install its new CF 606X high speed memory card for optimum performance.

Walton Chaintech said that the converter supports up to two CF cards using a Raid 0 and Raid 1 disk array. This obviously enables users to use both cards as one large storage device, or use one card as a mirrored drive. In addition to the high speed SATA II transfer interface, the converter functions like a traditional SSD, providing up to 55 MB/s read speeds (a step up from mainstream 5400-rpm HDDs). The converter also makes it easy to replace CF cards without the need to remove the device.

In addition to the Apogee SSD Converter, Walton Chaintech also revealed a few details on its CF 606X memory card. According to the company, the card provides write speeds of up to 91 MB/s, and read speeds of up to 93 MB/s. The CF 606X series will also come in two capacities: 16 GB and 32 GB.

"The incredible capacity of the product will allow users to perform uninterrupted recording of high image video with DSLR cameras without missing any bits and pieces of the fascinating moments in life worth capturing," the company said.

There was no indication on when these products will be available, or their eventual pricing.

  • pink315
    This is actually kind of cool, I'd like to see some benchmarks with cf in raid 0.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    This is not a new trick. I've seen a similar concept years ago when SSD's where first introduced.
  • ubergeek
    xbeaterThis is not a new trick. I've seen a similar concept years ago when SSD's where first introduced.Only difference between the ones I bought several years ago? SATA vs PATA. Nothing new here.
  • zelannii
    Does it support TRIM?
  • one-shot
    My 4GB 300X CF card cost $50 on Newegg. My 133X 16GB CF card was $40, but it is pretty slow compared to the 300X. This doesn't sound very cost efficient given the prices of high speed CF cards. I can't imagine the prices of the new 600X CF cards.
  • They need to disclose the price for the hardware. If it's less expensive than a comparable SSD, than I'm all for it. However, if it's the same and/or more expensive than the comparable SSD, then why not go for the SSD instead.
    On the other hand, I always welcome alternative technology. A little competition usually lowers prices for the consumer.
    And that ain't not bad. :)
  • milktea
    bowtieAnd that ain't not bad.I believe you have a double negative there. What exactly did you meant to say?
  • Sorry for posting under another profile, but I'm unable to post under the user bowtie.

    It is a partial quote from The Simpsons.

    Bart: "All's I know is I'm getting straight A's, and that ain't not bad!"

    The quote should explain everything.
  • Dirtman73
    I may be wrong, but isn't this the same company that use to make shitty motherboards years ago? Or is that another Chaintech?

    Either way, this technology is not new.
  • warmon6
    psycho sykesAt first glance.. The title made me think that it's turning my (CrossFire ready card or setup)!

    I was thinking that as well. I saw the CF and normally think crossfire. :lol: