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OCZ R4 PCIe SSD Packs 16 SandForce SF-2200 Series Subunits

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  1. btarunr

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    No, it's not a fancy graphics card by OCZ that's pictured below, don't let the PCI-Express x16 interface and cooling assembly with vents and heat pipes sticking out fool you. This monstrosity is OCZ's R4, a complex PCI-Express solid-state drive (SSD) which packs 16 (!) SSD subunits, each driven by a SandForce SF-2200 controller. Each of the subunits is part of a very large RAID array, which is abstract to the host machine. The host only sees the cumulative capacity into a single volume.

    At the heart of the beast is a spanking new VCA 2.0 processor, which provides each of those subunits a SATA 6 Gb/s link, and connects to the host over PCI-Express 2.0 x16. The sequential transfer speed of the R4 is up to 6,656 MB/s (megabytes per second). It will be offered in various capacities, 3.2 TB looks like a possible capacity option.

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    I'm sure this thing creates either its own black hole or its own gravity field lol :D

    Speeds are indeed insane, but with 16 controllers, you're just calling for a failure. Just look how many SF drives die for no reason and they only have 1 controller. With 16, it's 16x more likely to go wrong :(
     
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    From what I can read off that spec sheet...

    Half height version
    300GB, 600GB, 1.2TB versions
    Up to 2GB/s
    Idle 14.5W, Active (hard to read)

    Full height version
    800GB, 1.6TB, 3.2TB
    Up to 2.8GB/s
    Up to 500,000 IOPs
    Idle 23W, Active (hard to read)

    This is clearly equipment for very specialist applications... and not an archive drive... but a drive where important data will be backed up to more reliable media.

    Great for a workstation. OS drive and working drive. HDD for essential data, copied for processing.
     
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    I'd say this is for a workstation where you are converting video using CUDA on Quad SLi configuration.
     
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    That's how real ssd should look
     
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    so let's do some math now... quad sli of gtx580s + this SSD + probably somethin else I'm missing...all installed on the same board? I mean since the gtx580s already cover 2 slots so thats 8 slots + another 2 for this big fellow = 10 slots...do boards like that even exist?
     
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    They do yea, but for humans like us there are the extender boards :laugh:

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    i'm sure google would love to run a few thousand of these.
     
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    Ssd ....for men!!! Prob have to sell a car or rent out the attic to afford, one. Definitely a part of skynet
     
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    6.6gb a second.. dam :respect:
     
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    I believe they said that card is built as an 8TB model;) When i asked about the cost, they replied "what kind of car do you own?" :roll:
     
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    WTF, it's faster than ram, LOL this just crazy.
     
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