Monday, October 2nd 2017

AMD Enables NVMe RAID on X399 Platform

AMD has delivered on its teased promise, and today introduced a software-driven NVMe RAID driver that enables users to, you guessed it, create bootable NVMe arrays on their X399, Threadripper platform. The new solution demands that users download the appropriate drivers from AMD (follow the source links), and that you backup and dismantle your puny SATA RAID - note that you won't be able to use dual SATA and NVMe RAID on your platform. Any X399 motherboard will support this, there are no restrictions on the models of the NVMe drives, but your OS will have to be Windows 10 (build 1703).

The installation can be done via BIOS (which depends on manufacturer's BIOS releases and QA schedules - or via software with AMD's own RAIDXpert2 software. You can also opt for either of three RAID modes: RAID0 (striping), RAID1 (mirroring), and RAID10 (striping with mirroring). RAID10, by design, requires four or six NVMe devices. AMD is quoting scaling values that are close to 100% for RAID read scaling, and somewhere around 90% write scaling with up to 6 NVMe drives (1-6x Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD with 512 GB each). That amounts to almost 21.2 GB/s read, and 11.53 GB/s writes for a 6x NVMe SSD RAID. If you want the ultimate storage system performance for us mortal consumers, now you know where you can get it.

Source: AMD
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18 Comments on AMD Enables NVMe RAID on X399 Platform

#1
EarthDog
Are there boards that have 4 m.2 slots?
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#2
StrayKAT
EarthDog said:
Are there boards that have 4 m.2 slots?
I'd like to know too. I have 2 m.2s and... 2 (useless?) u.2's.. but I might be able to convert the u.2 to m.2 . Still not sure.

That said, you could use PCI as well. I guess it qualifies for this.
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#3
EarthDog
PCIe would, PCI, not so much. :)
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#4
StrayKAT
EarthDog said:
PCIe would, PCI, not so much. :)
hah.. I'm just lazy. Even for one extra letter :D
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#6
bonehead123
EarthDog said:
Are there boards that have 4 m.2 slots?
ever heard that quote from that Keven Kostner movie- "build it and they will come"

'nuff said :)
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#9
EarthDog
Yes, well aware of AICs... just asked about BOARDS. :)
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#10
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
bonehead123 said:
ever heard that quote from that Keven Kostner movie- "build it and they will come"

'nuff said :)
Field of dreams
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#11
Rehmanpa
This is awesome! Definitely gives it an edge over Intel's x299 platform, with their pay to enable bootraid from only Intel based nvme ssd drives.
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#12
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Now only if AMD would merge the thread Ripper and Epic lines under one physical and electrically compatible socket
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#13
Sihastru
"note that you won't be able to use dual SATA and NVMe RAID on your platform"
No one has any problem with this?
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#15
Steevo
Sihastru said:
No one has any problem with this?
No as anyone who might need it would be using dedicated hardware cards, meaning the RAID engine could support boot and cache subsystems on the M.2 drives and primary storage on a dedicated hardware backed, cache protected, huge array, while running some huge datasets on Radeon Vega based Pro SSG with dual M.2 directly accessed by the GPU.

Welcome to the future https://pro.radeon.com/en/product/pro-series/radeon-pro-ssg/
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#16
CheapMeat
EarthDog said:
Are there boards that have 4 m.2 slots?
Get an adapter? I'm fine with mATX and mini-ITX getting more than one M.2 slot in the PCIe area but I'm SICK of ATX and EATX boards giving up that region to 2 or 3 M.2 slots now. You can add WAY more M.2's with an adapter. There's more and more solutions coming out or already exist. ATX and EATX are losing their purpose with their PCIe slots. We finally get CPUs with more PCIe lanes and we have to give them up PCIe slots now for dinky x1 and x4 slots for M.2 connectors that only allow one kind of solution; huge shame. At least some boards do the right thing by putting the M.2 slots by the PCH, near RAM or even underneath the board.


Anyway, this is great news.
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#17
jigar2speed
The big story, plus unlike Intel, AMD is giving this driver for FREE.
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