ioDrive drives fast: flash storage at 500 megabits a second

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Behold the ioDrive. With its passive cooling and stubby PCIe connector, it could be easily mistaken for a cheap video card. A fat bank of memory chips, however, shows what it's really about: 80 gigs of ultra-fast NAND flash memory.

The theoretical specs are breathtaking: using PCI-Express x4, it can write at up to 368 megabits/s and read at 473 megabits/s, several times faster than standard SSDs, even outstripping high-end 15K hard drives from Seagate.

With an MSRP of $3,000 and up, it's targeted at servers rather than home computers, in configurations of up to 320 gigabytes. It's 64-bit only. You can't boot to it, either, according to Chris Ram's writeup–but that's just because it's a prototype.

Exclusive look at Fusion-io ioDrive [Tweaktown via Engadget]

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10 Comments

  1. Assuming you bought one in an attempt to improve gaming performance, would it even work? or would all the calls to the windows OS nullify any speed gains?

  2. This wouldn’t impact video performance; level load times and other things that relied on disk access would improve, though.

  3. This blows the pants off of the Intel X25-E Extreme, but if you want something you can actually use….then the Intel might be best, at a thrifty $700.

  4. The summary of the article uses the wrong units, which threw me off a little. The article uses megabytes per second and the BB summary uses megabits per second, which is wrong by a factor of 8.

  5. In a year or three this could be great for editing/rendering with HD video and do away with needlessly convoluted striped raid arrays.

    Hard drives with moving parts, are starting to feel as anachronistic as reel-to-reel.

  6. Ha i was scrolling down and said wait.. was that Fusion IO card? Yes,yes it is! I work for a company that builds servers for Fusion IO. I have had the privilege to use them, and they are so sick! so fast.Its true about not loading an OS, the card wont export itself to the bios to be a hard disk. they really need to make that possible.

  7. Since these cards are meant for servers, the requirement to boot from the thing isn’t of much use as they will be used to host data which is necessarily separated from the OS volume. The boot feature will come in handy when the prices allow these things to go in the average PC though.

  8. MegaBITS per second does not impress me. MegaBYTES per, does, very much…

    That’s as fast as my RAID array of 8 500gb drives… I can’t boot to that either. (I thought it might be fun to have a 3.5tb drive as a single partition. Little did I know only itanium servers and macs support this.) If this thing were reasonably priced and bootable it would be the ideal solution to my problem and I’d buy one in a heartbeat…

  9. ICKY2000 I agree, but i was thinking more of a high end workstation machine. I’m sure people would pay to have auto CAD and video editing applications load and run faster. I will just stick to my raid 0 and mirror backup for now…

  10. If FusionIO wants their product to reach critical mass, they need to do something better with price, otherwise Intel and the likes will pass them up. Do they actually think other companies are sitting idle? Once a big company like Intel makes this type of technology into a mass produced product, then good-bye FusionIO. They better look at history of high-tech storage / memory and consider the economic climate we are in today instead of focusing on immediate large profit margin and think long term. Who the heck handles their long term strategic planning? Do you guys want to make a quick buck for a year or two or do you want to dominate and expand for years. You can still make money and GROW if he price point was better. Since they are from UTAH, I hope they don’t have the same mentality as Novell – look where they are headed to…nowhere.

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