Super Talent Technology said earlier today that it's shipping its PCI Express RAIDDrive SSDs in early October. The company chose to use the PCIe Gen. 2.0 x8 interface in order to take advantage of the PCIe's heavy-duty pipeline, providing more than ten times more bandwidth than the SATA-II 3 Gbps bus (and five times more than the upcoming SATA-III bus apparently).
According to the company, the SSDs will come in three flavors: Enterprise, Workstation, and Gamers. All three use Super Talent's super patent pending RAID architecture optimized for NAND flash memory, and offer sequential read speeds of up to 1.4 GB/sec and sequential write speeds up to 1.2 GB/sec. Both the Enterprise and Workstation models feature storage space of up to 1 TB, however the company showed true love for PC gamers, throwing in a hefty 2 TB capacity.
“RAIDDrive SSDs are a quantum leap ahead of existing SSDs in sequential transfer speeds due to our RAID architecture combined with the latest in flash technology and the bandwidth of the PCI Express interface," Super Talent COO, CH Lee said. "RAIDDrive shatters previous storage system bottlenecks and sets a new standard in performance."
Super Talent also said that the OEM pricing for the 1 TB Gamers version will cost a face-slapping $4999. Interested consumers can check out the SSDs during the Intel Developer Forum next week. The RAIDDrive SSDs will be available to OEMs and system integrators next month.