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Mushkin and OWC Shows Off PCI-Express SSDs

During CES 2012, the SSD Review got an early look at Other World Computing's (OWC) stackable PCIe SSD. The drive is connected through a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface and contains the Marvell 88SE9445 SATA 6Gb/s RAID controller. The stackable PCIe card is capable of holding four mPCIe cards, which can provide a total capacity of 2 TB when all four slots are filled. The mPCIe card contains either the LSI SandForce SF-2281 or SF-2282 controller and houses a total of eight Toshiba Toggle mode NAND flash memory (four on the front and four on the back). No pricing, availability, or performance information was provided during CES 2012 for OWC's PCIe SSD.

OWC PCIe SSD (TheSSDReview)

Mushkin joins the PCIe SSD race with its announcement of its 'Scorpion' PCIe SSD during CES 2012. Mushkin lists the Scorpion's performance at 1275 MB/s sequential read, 1500 MB/s sequential write, and 120,000 4K random write IOPS. The drive is connected through a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface and looks to utilize four LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers in RAID, along with a single Marvell PCIe controller. It will be available in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB and is expected to be released in the first half of 2012.

Mushkin PCIe SSD (TheSSDReview)
  • bawchicawawa
    How much will the 240 gb one cost?
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  • thrasher32
    I want one of these, I hope theyre' not as expensive as the RevoDrives.
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  • foxmulder_ms
    Lovely.. I hope price will be smt in reach.
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  • Those PCBs look exactly the same
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  • jayracer7474
    is it me or did they just glue a bunch of ram sticks to some pcb for a pci slot?
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  • bloodymaze
    Mushkin lists the Scorpion's performance at 1275 MB/s sequential read, 1500 MB/s sequential write, and 120,000 4K random write IOPS.

    WANT.
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  • LukeCWM
    Mushkin lists the Scorpion's performance at 1275 MB/s sequential read, 1500 MB/s sequential write, and 120,000 4K random write IOPS.

    That's incredible!
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  • guzami77
    I have a revodrive x2.. not a fan of PCI-e SSDs overall.. they can be finicky and you cant increase voltage to your PCI lanes for overclocking

    Sticking with sata SSDs in raid from now on
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  • werfu
    guzami77I have a revodrive x2.. not a fan of PCI-e SSDs overall.. they can be finicky and you cant increase voltage to your PCI lanes for overclockingSticking with sata SSDs in raid from now on
    You shouldn't overclock your PCI-e speed. The gain you get for in FPS is minimal and it can destabilize a system quite easily.
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  • iamtheking123
    My next build will happen probably in August (Good timing for IB, Geforce 600, and no more HDD shortage). I'm planning on 4x SATA SSD's in RAID 0 as my primary storage and a few 2 TB Caviar Blacks as my media storage and backup.

    The newegg reviews for Revodrives are way too unimpressive. Especially since you can get the same results in SATA without pulling yout your hair.
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