Saturday, April 21st 2012

Apacer Working on PCIe Cache-SSD

Apacer is working on a hard drive cache-SSD of its own, which is similar in principle to OCZ's Revodrive Hybrid. Called PHFD, the cache-SSD is a full-height PCI-Express 2.0 x1 add-on card, which seats a Marvell 88SE9130 (or similar) 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s controller, with one port wired to an onboard 32 GB SSD subunit, and the other port given out as a standard SATA port (to which you plug your system HDD). Marvell 88SE9130 includes a feature called HyperDuo, which is similar to Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST), it handles the SSD-caching on PFHD. Apacer's solution could end up being a cost-effective solution to systems without Intel RST.

Source: VR-Zone
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9 Comments on Apacer Working on PCIe Cache-SSD

#1
hhumas
i hope it would be cheap
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#2
xBruce88x
can it also be configured to run as a 32GB OS boot drive?
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#3
user21
Looking forward for it to hit the shelves now.
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Aquinus
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Looks like a great /boot and / (root) drive. I would get that for a server, but more than anything, I dig the PCI-E x1 bus.
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#5
Morgoth
give me a 500gb version :)
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#6
LeadSled
If it is only a PCIe 2.0 and only 1 PCIe slot it will only be a waist of space because it will not have the bandwidth that a dedicated cache would need. If you have a older machine it would work great but if you have a newer PCIe 3.0 or a 2011 socket it would be cheaper to upgrade to a Windows 7 version that supports more then 16GB like Home Premium supoorts and run a ram drive because 250 MB/s with a PCIe 2.0 one slot, well is slow. My 8X PCIe 3.0 drive has 32 times the through put that does even you SATA 3 drives will make that look have 50% the speed of a good SATA 3 drive will make that look slow. They are on the right track but needs more then 250MB/s and since USB 3.0 drives are in the $100 range, I think you are looking at something that will never make the market since a 32GB SATA 3 drive I have no doubt will give it some dust to eat. They say there is a sucker born every minute so maybe there us a market, but unless they plan a major redesign that is just a waist of time and money. Maybe this is justa joke because it is something that would be usefull maybe 2-3 years ago.
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btarunr
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by: Aquinus
Looks like a great /boot and / (root) drive. I would get that for a server, but more than anything, I dig the PCI-E x1 bus.
Provided your Linux distro supports Marvell HyperDuo application.
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Aquinus
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by: btarunr
Provided your Linux distro supports Marvell HyperDuo application.
I wouldn't be looking to use it for caching. Caching server data seems like a terrible idea. This would just be for configurations, base applications and boot. I don't know why I would need the app if I'm not going to to be caching.
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