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Highpoint Announces SSD7540 8-port M.2 NVMe SSD RAID Card

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HighPoint Launches the Industry's first 8-Port PCIe 4.0 x16 M.2 NVMe RAID Controller -the SSD7540. Powered by a cutting-edge Gen4 switch chipset and the latest iteration of HighPoint's blazing fast NVMe RAID engine, the SSD7540 is capable of delivering unbeatable Gen4 transfer performance while supporting up to 64 TB of storage.

The SSD7540 boasts the highest port-count and performance capability of any single-controller M.2 NVMe RAID solution in today's marketplace. Each of the eight independent M.2 ports can support any off-the-shelf Gen4 or Gen3 NVMe SSD, up to 8 TB in size. The SSD7540's NVMe RAID engine and has been fine-tuned for native PCIe Gen4 hardware platforms, and can take full advantage of the dedicated PCIe Gen 4 x16 host connectivity to deliver 28,000 MB/s of transfer performance.



Truly Independent, Cutting-Edge PCIe Gen 4 NVMe RAID Storage Solution for AMD & Intel Platforms
Unlike most PCIe Gen4 NVMe storage devices in today's marketplace, which are tied to a specific hardware platform or brand of SSD or motherboard, SSD7500 series controllers are truly independent NVMe RAID solutions.

SSD7500 series controllers do not require motherboard platforms with Bifurcation support, or any specialized software released by SSD manufactures; any AMD-based system with a dedicated PCIe 4.0 x16 slot can now take full advantage of the industry's fastest storage solution. Our NVMe RAID stack was designed to excel in high-end workstation and server environments, and intelligently utilize multi-core processors to maximize the performance potential of Gen4 NVMe storage.

In addition, SSD7500 series controllers are fully backwards compatible with Intel PCIe 3.0 platforms, enabling customers to take full advantage of advanced Gen 4 storage media without migrating to a new computing environment.

Hyper Cooling Solution Ensures Sustained Gen 4 Transfer Performance
Maximizing Gen4 NVMe storage performance without the proper implementation of modern cooling apparatus is a risky proposition. This is especially true for Gen4 M.2 configurations. PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD's generate considerable heat under heavy load, and these SSDs are often housed directly within the NVMe solution itself; outside the reach of the platform's cooling fans. To combat the threat of overheating, the SSD7540 employs a completely new, ground-up redesign of our proven NVMe cooling system. HighPoint's Low-Noise Hyper-Cooling solution ensures your M.2 NVMe SSD's consistently operate within their recommended temperature thresholds, even under sustained I/O, by combining a full-length anodized aluminium heat sink with a pair of ultra-durable, near-silent fans, and high-conductivity thermal pad. This innovative, ultra-efficient cooling system rapidly transfers waste-heat away from critical NVMe and controller componentry, without introducing unwanted distraction into your work environment.

Comprehensive Platform Support
The SSD7540 NVMe RAID controller can be easily integrated into any modern computer platform. Extensive software support is available for all major operating system platforms including Linux Distributions, macOS and Windows, and the controller hardware is fully backwards compatible with Intel PCIe Gen 3 platforms. SSD7500 series controllers can maximize the performance of any SSD configuration in today's marketplace.

The SSD7540 is an ideal bandwidth upgrades for Gen3 SSD's, and applications that require transfer speeds between 15,000 and 24,000 MB/s. Gen3 SSD's offer as much as 25% savings over equivalent Gen 4 models, and superior PCIe 4.0 bandwidth ensures maximum performance for both RAID and non-RAID storage configurations.

Comprehensive NVMe RAID Management
When it comes to maintaining critical storage configurations, each customer has specific needs and preferences. The Web RAID Management Interface (WebGUI) is a simple, intuitive web-based management tool and is ideal for customers who are new to RAID technology.The CLI (command line interface) is a powerful, text-only management interface designed for advanced users and professional administrators. Comprehensive user guides are available for both interfaces are available from each controller's Software Updates webpage.Both interfaces were designed to streamline NVMe Storage Management. Customers can easily track TBW (Terabytes Written) and the temperature of each individual NVMe SSD, ensure the SSD7000 controller is using the fastest available PCIe slot, configure an event-log with email notification, and monitor the status of critical RAID configurations in person or remotely via an internet connection.

SSD7500 Series NVMe RAID Controllers
  • SSD7540 -PCIe 4.0 x16 / 8x M.2 Ports -MSRP USD $999.00, Shipping now
  • 2020SSD7580 -PCIe 4.0 x16 / 8x U.2 Ports -MSRP USD $999.00, target shipping in December
  • 2020SSD7505 -PCIe 4.0 x16 / 4x M.2 Ports -MSRP USD $599.00, Shipping now
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Speed of 8 m.2 to PCIe 4 SSD's declared with 7.4GB/s is up to 58.8GB/s. Why card is not wired full X16 but only X8?
 
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Speed of 8 m.2 to PCIe 4 SSD's declared with 7.4GB/s is up to 58.8GB/s. Why card is not wired full X16 but only X8?
limitations on channel assignments
 
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In my personal experience, Highpoint products are good, I have an SSD7103 4x m.2 3.0x16 with hardware RAID and four HP EX950 drives in it acting as the top tier of my server/NAS. I have 2x Intel x550-T2 cards with all four ports aggregated as the server's backbone to the netgear XS728T 10GBase-T switch. What's weird is that the x550-T2's can't achieve a true 20Gbps when the two ports are aggregated, they only get to approximately 14Gbps, so with two of the NICs the total speed hovers at around 28-30Gbps instead of 40Gbps....anyway...the SSD7103 has never had an issue and is a great piece of hardware.... I dont see changing my server set up to a PCIe 4.0 system anytime soon unless I get really lucky again and have my friends who are network engineers at major companies hooking me up with awesome hardware like they did with my current setup, but if I did change to 4.0, I'd definitely give any Highpoint product a try as I've been extremely pleased with the one I have.... In fact, I may have a beat on a bunch of used 4TB u.2 nvme server drives from my buddies, and if it happens, I think I'll just get rid of my 2nd storage tier which is SATAIII SSDs, and replace them with u.2 nvme SSDs connected to a Highpoint SSD7180 which has eight U.2 ports and hardware RAID 0,1,10 although with 8x 4TB drives, it'd be really nice to have raid 5/50, but NVMe capable hardware RAID cards of that caliber are out of my league.
 
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Speed of 8 m.2 to PCIe 4 SSD's declared with 7.4GB/s is up to 58.8GB/s. Why card is not wired full X16 but only X8?

it is wired to full X16, check the card photos on the back and you can see all the pairs routed(it's also listed in the specs: https://highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series-ssd7500-specification.htm ). The speed limitation must be from the PLX switch processing teh commands(even if it's something as simple as RAID0, some cut-through is needed

what's interesting is that it's NOT bootable in RAID mode.

It's funny that i can't find ANY chipset in PLX lineup that fits this board
 
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I recently got a Samsung 8TB SSD. Hopefully in a few years when SSD prices plummet, a 64TB SSD will be available to market.

But all I really really need is 20TB.
 
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This reminds me of my gigabyte iRam. 4 gigabytes of pure speed! Things have come a long way since!
 
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1 controller, zero enclosures.....
What dafuck are the drives mounted in then, it looks like an enclosure to me. :wtf: :kookoo:
 
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Here's the 4x m.2 4.0x16 adapter.

 
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1 controller, zero enclosures.....
What dafuck are the drives mounted in then, it looks like an enclosure to me. :wtf: :kookoo:
Inside the host PC? Which could be an open bench table system for a we know...
 

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it is wired to full X16, check the card photos on the back and you can see all the pairs routed(it's also listed in the specs: https://highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series-ssd7500-specification.htm ). The speed limitation must be from the PLX switch processing teh commands(even if it's something as simple as RAID0, some cut-through is needed

what's interesting is that it's NOT bootable in RAID mode.

It's funny that i can't find ANY chipset in PLX lineup that fits this board

I DO have the SSD7505 booting with RAID0 array, 4 Sabrent PCIE Gen4 drives. I struggled for a while and finally followed their instructions to remove all other drives while installing the OS. That allowed the drivers to successfully install. ASUS zenith ii extreme MB. Although I'm still troubleshooting with Highpoint on why I cant get much over 8000 mb/s sequential read speed in CrystalDiskMark. It should be at LEAST 15000mb/s. This benchmark shows 20000 with 4 sabrent drives:


Here's the 4x m.2 4.0x16 adapter.


I was excited when I saw this, but changing NUMA to NFS4 did not help me. Still getting 8000mb/s when it should be 15000 or over. (I'm booting to raid 0, not as a secondary drive which could be a factor because I swear I saw higher benchmarks before I tried to boot to it.
 
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