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nekrosoft13
07-17-08, 09:45 AM
Check out this new product
http://www.sansdigital.com/compact-flash-storage/cr2t.html

it allow you to Mirror or Span two CF cards inside 2.5 inch case

purcahse two ultra fast CF cards for 139 each

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?SCriteria=BA24830&CartID=done&nextloc=

for about 350 you will have 32gb(raid1) or 64gb(span) SSD drive, that better then buying one for about $607 plus
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=32gb+SSD&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en&show=dd&cid=15115999306488455406

Tr1cK
07-17-08, 10:12 AM
Awesome.

Will it stand up to all the read/write cycles?

CaptNKILL
07-17-08, 10:29 AM
Holy ****, you can buy a 32Gb CF card for $100 now? :wtf:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211244

Man, I guess I've been out of the loop. :o

The price per GB is still pretty horrible for one of these drives but $250-$350 (depending on the CF cards you buy) is a hell of a lot better than $600.

Bman212121
07-17-08, 10:36 AM
Or you just buy the OCZ 64GB SSD that is $240.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227344&Tpk=64gb%2bssd

nekrosoft13
07-17-08, 10:40 AM
Or you just buy the OCZ 64GB SSD that is $240.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227344&Tpk=64gb%2bssd

nice, wasn't aware those are out already ;)

CaptNKILL
07-17-08, 10:44 AM
Or you just buy the OCZ 64GB SSD that is $240.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227344&Tpk=64gb%2bssd

Wow, that's not bad at all.

Are these SSD drives limited by the SATA bus? It seems like they would be.

Tr1cK
07-17-08, 10:46 AM
Wow, that's not bad at all.

Are these SSD drives limited by the SATA bus? It seems like they would be.

Would they even benefit from RAID?

Bman212121
07-17-08, 11:01 AM
Would they even benefit from RAID?

Yes they do because the Sata controller is usually either tied into the chipset directly, or if you are using an Arcea card it is using a PCI-E interface. Each sata link is independent so it can get the full bandwidth per connection.

These are Sata II drives so there shouldn't be any interface bottlenecks. That allows up to 300MBps per drive.

It's starting to get tempting now, I could get 2 64GB drives now and then maybe 1 or 2 later should I need more space. 200MBps read with 0.5ms access times sounds good to me. :D

CaptNKILL
07-17-08, 11:09 AM
I thought the read speed would be higher for some reason.

I guess I'm thinking more along the lines of RAM speed rather than flash memory.

I wonder if we'll ever see an i-Ram (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-RAM) that uses DDR2...

mullet
07-17-08, 11:12 AM
WOW that is cool. I wonder how much power they use vs say a raptor drive?

Tr1cK
07-17-08, 11:14 AM
Yes they do because the Sata controller is usually either tied into the chipset directly, or if you are using an Arcea card it is using a PCI-E interface. Each sata link is independent so it can get the full bandwidth per connection.

These are Sata II drives so there shouldn't be any interface bottlenecks. That allows up to 300MBps per drive.

It's starting to get tempting now, I could get 2 64GB drives now and then maybe 1 or 2 later should I need more space. 200MBps read with 0.5ms access times sounds good to me. :D

Arcea?

Anyways what about PCI RAID cards?

Bman212121
07-17-08, 11:22 AM
Arcea?

Anyways what about PCI RAID cards?

I mispelled it. Areca. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816151040

A hardware RAID card using the PCI-E bus. It offloads all of the calculations and also has the ability to buffer trasfers.

You can pretty much forget about using any PCI RAID cards these days. They are such a bottleneck it's not even funny. I have a PCI PATA RAID card with 4 x 250GB drives on it. Using HDtach the graph flatlines at 110MBps with a 118MB burst speed. The theoretical maximum of the PCI bus is 133MBps. You can blow right by that with two sata drives in a RAID 0 configuration.