For a time, my principal PC rocked a pair of 480GB Intel SSD 730 sequence drives in RAID 0 and I assumed that was the bee’s knees. It appeared like storage nirvana again within the day. My, how instances have modified prior to now eight years. Fast ahead to at present and I discover myself drooling over the prospect of working a pair of HighPoint Technologies’ 8-port SSD7540 RAID controllers.
These days, the quickest client SSDs have transitioned over to the M.2 type issue, and particularly these with an NVMe interface (it’s also possible to have a SATA drive within the M.2 type issue). They’re extremely speedy, providing sequential reads and writes within the neighborhood of seven,000MB/s (or 7GB/s) in PCIe 4.0 territory. The emergence of PCIe 5.0 will double that metric.
Highpoint’s SSD7540 kicks issues up a notch, although, providing huge storage capability and explosive information speeds in a modern package deal. The caveat? You need to carry your individual SSDs. Oh, and this type of modern-day storage nirvana does not come low cost. More on that in a second, however first let’s discuss specs.
The SSD7540 is an 8-port M.2 NVMe RAID controller and is billed because the quickest of its sort within the realm of PCIe 4.0. There are eight impartial M.2 ports supporting as much as 64TB of complete storage capability. That’s plenty of storage, nevertheless it’s the pace potential that’s simply as scrumptious.
According to HighPoint, a single card populated with Samsung’s 980 Pro SSDs delivers sequential learn efficiency topping 28GB/s. And in case you run two of those playing cards populated with 16 Samsung 980 Pro SSDs, you are a whopping 55.9GB/s information pace.
HighPoint says its SSD7540 card will work in any computing platform with an trade commonplace PCIe 4.0 or 3.0 x16 slot. The firm additionally notes that like all SSD7500 sequence NVMe RAID controllers, the SSD7540 doesn’t require a bunch platform with Bifurication help, and isn’t depending on any particular motherboard model or mannequin.
“HighPoint 7500 Series NVMe RAID controllers will automatically recognize new NVMe SSDs as single drives—no configuration necessary. In addition, our comprehensive NVMe RAID stack enables each controller to support RAID multiple RAID 0, 1 or 10 arrays, or mixed configurations of single disks and RAID storage,” HighPoint says.
Back to that caveat talked about earlier, in that the HighPoint SD7540 shouldn’t be an affordable add-in card. You can discover it on Amazon for $1,131.99 at present. Samsung does not provide its 980 Pro in 8TB capability, however in case you’re wanting that capability, you are one thing just like the 8TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, priced at $1,499.99 on Amazon. If going all out with two playing cards and 16 of these SSDs for a thoughts boggling 128TB of storage in RAID 0, you are a cool $26,263.82.