Avexir Technologies Enters SSD Market With Flashy S100

Small memory companies played a large role in making client SSDs affordable for the masses. Until OCZ Technology entered the SSD fray, SSDs were grossly expensive and enterprise-focused. Avexir Technologies Corp. is the latest "DRAM company" to jump on the SSD bandwagon, and it is doing something a little different.

Avexir makes pretty RAM. Modders and people with plenty of money to spend choose its unique memory products to dress up computers. The company's products really are beautiful, and they're built to a high build quality standard. After several months of teasing designs, one was chosen, and it's breathtaking.

"Avexir classic Core Series memory with breathing LED light effect has been well received by the public, and now these features are immersed into the new SSD series. Exclusive LED light guide design is to ensure even lighting throughout the SSD, creating the perfect rhythm in your PC for the best visual experience. Aggressive casing by using multiple layers of combined high-quality materials and special curve design is to give you a unique hardware experience," said the company.

The Avexir S100 uses a JMicron controller, breathing LED and plenty of bling to mesmerize users into paying for a good-looking SSD that comes with a three-year warranty. The company's press release showed three capacity sizes -- 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB -- and gives us a glimpse into the performance offered.

The S100 SSD series delivers up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 450 MB/s sequential write performance with 4K random write transfers of 80,000 IOPS. The drive also ships with an "exclusive designed SATA cable" and a 2.5" to 3.5" desktop adapter bracket. We reached out to Avexir for additional information but have yet to hear back.

Like the company's DRAM products, we suspect the S100 will be a premium-priced product that comes solely on the high standard of build quality rather than the product's primary functions. We did not get a list of MSRPs from the company or any additional information.

Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Storage. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Tom's Hardware on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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  • IInuyasha74
    Having used their RAM in my system for a few years now and received excellent customer service the one time I had to contact them, I'm excited to see Avexir venture into SSDs. They manufacturer their own RAM modules, I wonder if they are doing the same here too and how well they perform.
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  • Blueberries
    The only LED on a computer should be the power-on light.
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  • 3ogdy
    OK, only the power on light - no HDD LED, no optical drive LED, no status and control LEDs on the motherboard. Mice should not use IR, monitors should give you no way of telling whether they're on or off and debugging and system checks will be done by Hitler.
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  • jimmysmitty
    16669054 said:
    Having used their RAM in my system for a few years now and received excellent customer service the one time I had to contact them, I'm excited to see Avexir venture into SSDs. They manufacturer their own RAM modules, I wonder if they are doing the same here too and how well they perform.

    The performance is listed as 540 reads 480 write and 80K IOPS. Not bad.

    I do wonder if they are making their own NAND though. That is a big cost to take on though as they would need to make a new FAB and license a process from someone.

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  • IInuyasha74
    16672304 said:
    16669054 said:
    Having used their RAM in my system for a few years now and received excellent customer service the one time I had to contact them, I'm excited to see Avexir venture into SSDs. They manufacturer their own RAM modules, I wonder if they are doing the same here too and how well they perform.

    The performance is listed as 540 reads 480 write and 80K IOPS. Not bad.

    I do wonder if they are making their own NAND though. That is a big cost to take on though as they would need to make a new FAB and license a process from someone.

    They might have their own process, or managed to take over a fab someone was closing maybe. Hard to say. I know they used to work as an OEM for a larger RAM maker (Kingston I think). So they must have some amount of their own tech for fabs and such.
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  • Blueberries
    16671119 said:
    OK, only the power on light - no HDD LED, no optical drive LED, no status and control LEDs on the motherboard.

    Exactly.

    16671119 said:
    monitors should give you no way of telling whether they're on or off

    If you can't tell when your monitor is on I have news for you

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  • jimmysmitty
    16672680 said:
    16672304 said:
    16669054 said:
    Having used their RAM in my system for a few years now and received excellent customer service the one time I had to contact them, I'm excited to see Avexir venture into SSDs. They manufacturer their own RAM modules, I wonder if they are doing the same here too and how well they perform.

    The performance is listed as 540 reads 480 write and 80K IOPS. Not bad.

    I do wonder if they are making their own NAND though. That is a big cost to take on though as they would need to make a new FAB and license a process from someone.

    They might have their own process, or managed to take over a fab someone was closing maybe. Hard to say. I know they used to work as an OEM for a larger RAM maker (Kingston I think). So they must have some amount of their own tech for fabs and such.

    It is possible but DRAM and NAND manufacturing is different so I doubt they would have the equipment ready to mass manufacture the NAND needed for a SSD.

    It might almost be easier to have one of the larger manufactures make them for them instead.
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