Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

HighPoint Intros SSD7101 Series PCI-Express 3.0 x16 NVMe RAID SSDs

HighPoint, known for its enterprise storage RAID HBAs, has a thriving portfolio of workstation-grade storage solutions, such as Thunderbolt enclosures. The company developed a new line of NVMe RAID solutions beginning with its RocketRAID 3800 PCIe x16 HBA, and now the SSD7101 series PCIe solid-state drives. The drives are built in the full-height PCI-Express add-on card form-factor, with PCI-Express 3.0 x16 host interface. The card combines a number of M.2-2280 SSD subunits wired to an NVMe RAID controller, and either striped in user-transparent RAID 0 for maximum performance, or RAID 1 and RAID 5 modes, for data redundancy. The resulting volume exposed to the OS has full NVMe protocol and TRIM support.

The SSD7101 comes in two variants, the SSD7101A featuring factory-fitted Samsung 960 EVO sub-units, and the faster SSD7101B featuring factory-fitted Samsung 960 PRO series sub-units. The card features four 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, the SSD7101A comes in capacities of 500 GB (2x 250 GB), 1 TB (4x 250 GB), 2 TB (4x 500 GB), and 4 TB (4x 1 TB); while the SSD7101B comes in capacities of 1 TB (4x 250 GB), 2 TB (4x 500 GB), 4 TB (4x 1 TB), and 8 TB (4x 2 TB). The SSD7101A offers sequential transfer rates of up to 13,000 MB/s reads, with up to 7,500 MB/s writes; while the SSD7101B offers up to 13,500 MB/s reads, with up to 8,000 MB/s writes, and 33 percent higher endurance. You can halve the capacity and double the endurance by running the drives in RAID 1 mode. Both drives feature an aluminium fin-channel cooling solution, with heatsinks over each of the four M.2 subunits, and the NVMe RAID controller. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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25 Comments on HighPoint Intros SSD7101 Series PCI-Express 3.0 x16 NVMe RAID SSDs

#2
dj-electric
This card kinda looks like an April fools mockup. This tiny fan is ridicules.
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#3
natr0n
I would quad sli those.
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#4
TheLostSwede
Dj-ElectriC, post: 3662749, member: 87186"
This card kinda looks like an April fools mockup. This tiny fan is ridicules.
You mean ridiculous I presume? Or are you ridiculing the fact that it's actually a PCIe expansion card that's relying on third party SSDs?
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#5
Caring1
So these are basically raid cards with drives attached already.
When they start selling without drives let me know, the price will be a lot more bearable.
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#6
jmcslob
I really want one...
I paid $170 for a empty SATA 3- 2 drive Highpoint Rocket Raid pci-e X2 card.... Consumer grade....
I'm guessing these start at $1200
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#7
TheLostSwede
jmcslob, post: 3662763, member: 67555"
I really want one...
I paid $170 for a empty SATA 3- 2 drive Highpoint Rocket Raid pci-e X2 card.... Consumer grade....
I'm guessing these start at $1200
Highpoints stuff is crazy overpriced and poorly supported these days. They used to actually offer decent drivers at one point, but they don't even seem to bother with anything but generic drivers these days. It's also been a decade or so since they made silicon, so everything relies on third party chipsets now.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
TheLostSwede, post: 3662758, member: 3382"
You mean ridiculous I presume? Or are you ridiculing the fact that it's actually a PCIe expansion card that's relying on third party SSDs?
I do not believe so.,
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#9
bogami
However, since it is almost as fast as RAM would have this. 16 ! channels requires ,needs a good motherboard with an appropriate support 80 lines, because you need at least two good GPU, and more .
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#12
john Sutter
The million dollar question. Is it bootable?????
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#13
Octopuss
That little fan scares the shit out of me...
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#15
Caring1
MRFS, post: 3663447, member: 93895"
http://www.highpoint-tech.com/PDF/SSD7101A/SSD7101A_Manual_v1.00.pdf
MRFS, post: 3663457, member: 93895"
https://hardforum.com/threads/highpoint-ssd7101a-010t.1928634/
MRFS, post: 3663462, member: 93895"
Highpoint's web page now has an interesting animated graphic:

http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/CS-product_nvme.htm
Please use the edit function when adding a comment, it prevents multiple posting as you have and complies with forum rules.
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#16
Chloe Price
Octopuss, post: 3663429, member: 74316"
That little fan scares the shit out of me...
Nah, like I said, this looks like 8800GT and it's fan wasn't bad even that it looked like one crappy one.
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#17
MRFS
Caring1, post: 3663507, member: 153156"
Please use the edit function when adding a comment, it prevents multiple posting as you have and complies with forum rules.
Fixed. Thanks!
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#18
Prima.Vera
That little shit fan looks like a power button or something :laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#19
Octopuss
9700 Pro, post: 3663508, member: 123719"
Nah, like I said, this looks like 8800GT and it's fan wasn't bad even that it looked like one crappy one.
I'm not afraid about the performance. It's the noise the photo screams of :D
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#20
Chloe Price
Octopuss, post: 3663631, member: 74316"
I'm not afraid about the performance. It's the noise the photo screams of :D
Nah, I think that wouldn't be some 5000rpm crap like my old 6800GT had. :D
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#21
Octopuss
I think I had one of these fans on my old Radeon 48x0. Went McGyver on that one I believe.
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#23
msroadkill612
~Off topic, fyi, amd seem set to offer nvme striped arrays, not on the laggy pcie bus, but on a port on the discrete vega gpuS fabric.
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#25
msroadkill612
Well, Epyc offers 16 nvme ports native, and has plenty of lanes also. Thread ripper, similar.
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