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ASUS ROG Launches RAIDR Express PCI Express-based SSD

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ASUS ROG today announced RAIDR Express, the first PCI Express-based SSD in the world with a DuoMode feature that allows it to work with either legacy (traditional) or modern UEFI BIOS. Aimed at hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts demanding a faster and more reliable computer experience, RAIDR Express combines the best compatibility and great performance with incredible durability.

With 240 GB capacity, sequential 830 MB/s read and 810 MB/s write speeds, and bundled with tons of features that maintain the high-speed performance and extend the lifespan, RAIDR Express is made for real speed-demons. Boasting the gorgeous ROG red and black design with double-sided metal shielding and an incredible 620,000 hours mean time between failure (MTBF) to ensure quality, RAIDR Express is built to last.





Exclusive design, exclusive flexibility
RAIDR Express isn't like other SSDs. It's the world's first and only PCIe-based SSD with DuoMode BIOS support. With two BIOS chips onboard, RAIDR Express includes a hardware switch that lets users easily alternate between legacy and UEFI modes, ensuring the best compatibility with PCs old and new.

In legacy mode, the RAIDR Express can be used on older motherboards - those with a traditional (non-UEFI) BIOS. By switching to UEFI mode, users can significantly boost PC startup times. With the flexibility of choosing which mode is best, users can enjoy the benefits of both.

Made for real speed demons
With the latest generation dual LSI SandForce controller, Toshiba-made 19 nm 16K-page size multi-level cell (MLC) sync-NAND flash, 100,000 4K read/write input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 830/ 810 MB/s sequential read/write speeds, RAIDR Express doesn't keep users waiting.

As well, RAIDR Express has several other speed-boosting tricks up its sleeve. The bundled RAMDisk utility that allows users to dedicate up to 80% of a computer's available RAM for use as a high-speed virtual drive that accelerates the loading of favorite applications and games. In ASUS tests, read speeds of over 12,000 MB/s were reached.

Better still, RAMDisk extends the life of RAIDR Express by reducing unnecessary write operations. RAMDisk even backs itself up to the main system drive when the PC is shut down and restores itself automatically at power-up, for maximum speed and minimum hassle. The ROG SSD TweakIt tool ups the speed stakes still further by relocating repetitive write activities to the RAMDisk for even faster operation, while keeping RAIDR Express at peak performance for much longer. SSD TweakIt can also be used to apply a preset profile that refines processor settings automatically to achieve additional speed boosts of up to 5%.

RAIDR Express also includes ROG HybriDisk technology super-charges hard disk drive storage. HybriDisk allows RAIDR Express to act as a solid-state cache for high-capacity hard drives up to 4 TB, but its PCIe architecture means data transfers smash the 600 MB/s SATA limit for traditional PC storage. The included ROG CrystalDiskMark benchmark tool allows users to see for themselves just how fast RAIDR Express can go - and keep on going.

Fast, compatible and built to last
RAIDR Express is fast and offers the widest system compatibility, but it's also built to last. RAIDR Express is rated at an amazing 620,000 hours' mean time between failure (MTBF), so users are assured year after year of trouble-free use and strict testing ensures wide system compatibility.

RAIDR Express also has a highly durable design packed with unique ROG innovations designed to extend its lifespan. Tough, double-sided metal shielding provides great heat dissipation and reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI), improving cooling and overall stability.

Specification
  • PCI Express 2.0 x2
  • 240 GB capacity
  • Dual LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers
  • Toshiba 19 nm 16K page size MLC Sync-NAND Flash
  • Sequential read/write speed: 830/810 MB/s
  • Up to 100,000 4K read/write IOPS (Input/Output operations Per Second)
  • Legacy and UEFI BIOS support
  • Driver-free with TRIM support
  • Windows 7 / Windows 8 compatible
  • Windows 8 Secure Boot compatible
  • 157 x 120 x 20 mm
 
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as long as it is reasonably priced and performs well, I would like to buy one for a future build.
 
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Without question will get one... hope larger capacities are on the way though at least a 512 or 1tb
 
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I imagine this to be around Revo x3 pricing since it is a similar setup.. (PCIe SSDs in R0).
 
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The card looks sweet and the performance stats look envious compared to standard ssd.
 
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If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
This is getting out of hand, really. Why there are so many comments like this lately? Do you seriously just buy stuff without knowing or caring about its price? Or do you think that wealthy people doesn't care about it?
 

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Kind of want. Too bad it's only 240GB for the price, and is Sandforce-driven.
Oh, and I'm out of PCIe slots :(
 
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€440 for the 240GB version.

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Crucial M4 256GB costs 170 Euros and has a more solid controller.

Ofcourse not as fast, but are you really gonna feel that with normal use.
 

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as long as it is reasonably priced and performs well, I would like to buy one for a future build.
Some thing tells me that you be better of buying a typical SSD's and if you get the right ones you get better performance for less. Like 2 Samsung 840 pro's which brings me to another thing i bet they don't back up there comment about MTBF.

RAIDR Express is rated at an amazing 620,000 hours' mean time between failure (MTBF)
That 70 ish years ?.. About time these companys put there money were their mouths are hehe.
 

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Jesus, any ROG product asus makes, they always look so damn good aesthetically.
 
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That 70 ish years ?.. About time these companys put there money were their mouths are hehe.
Don't ever believe MTBF is a measure of expected lifetime. To put it into perspective, they might have stress tested 200 units for 3,100 hours with one unit failing at that point, thus constituting a 620,000 hour MTBF.
 
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If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
The person who started that saying must have been a snobbish salesman trying to embarrass someone to overpay because what idiot doesn't ask the price regardless how much money you have..unless your showing off for a chick then it's totally acceptable .
 
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i want one :D or 2
 
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wonder if u can raid a couple of these.....
 
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Stupid question: Those allow OS booting, right?
 
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I have an old revox2 that's only just been outpaced this year in consumer land and three years as a os drive hasn't killed it so mtbf might well last.
 

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Jesus, any ROG product asus makes, they always look so damn good aesthetically.
"So people Buy it"

Well Duh lol That's to get people to buy it, it could have a Z80 Processor in it and some people would buy it still just because the way it looks.

It's kind of like the box mustangs in the 90's they had an LX series that was only 4 cylinders was the most retarded thing I ever seen. People would drive them around like they were hot rods too was hilarious lol

At least in this case though the RAIDR Express is actually fast , I wonder how stable it is under a continuos load though.