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    News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    These 830MB/s read & 810MB/s write speed SSD drives are to be ROG branded.
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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    I'd be amazed if they sell many of these.

    How many people are genuinely frustrated about how slow their SSDs are for gaming purposes?

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    I'd be amazed if they sell many of these.

    How many people are genuinely frustrated about how slow their SSDs are for gaming purposes?
    The few seconds I have to wait for a Skyrim area transition are unacceptable I tell you, I see the text but don't have time to read it which is so annoying. I *must* have a faster SSD so I don't even get teased by this tidbits of lore I don't get chance to read.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Depends on the price premium, but if it's not too much more then why not get a neat card that slots in your system rather than a drive? Saves on a couple of cables and runs faster.

    If people weren't fussed about the speed of their SSDs then there wouldn't be a whole premium sector pushing out faster drives.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Slower read/writes than the competition won't help them out, so if the price is lower, they'll sell quite a few - also if people are silly enough to buy based on brand only. I wonder if this will bring the Revos price down, since they've not had any competition.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Not being hugely technically minded, but is making a PCI interface drive inherently (significantly) more expensive than making a SATA III drive? More speed doesn't exactly hurt, and as already mentioned is a 'neater' solution physically than cables to a drive. I think I do agree on the main market for this one not necessarily being Gamers BUT - if the price is right, I'd take it over a standard SSD. If the speed difference didn't matter, why would 'premium' SSDs keep selling for premium prices? Why would SATA III matter, rather than SATA II, and how can a premium drive differentiate further when they are starting to saturate the SATA III connection?

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Re: MORE EXPENSIVE - I'm thinking of the OCX Revo Drives as the only PCI drive prices I know at the moment.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpyo View Post
    Not being hugely technically minded, but is making a PCI interface drive inherently (significantly) more expensive than making a SATA III drive? More speed doesn't exactly hurt, and as already mentioned is a 'neater' solution physically than cables to a drive. I think I do agree on the main market for this one not necessarily being Gamers BUT - if the price is right, I'd take it over a standard SSD. If the speed difference didn't matter, why would 'premium' SSDs keep selling for premium prices? Why would SATA III matter, rather than SATA II, and how can a premium drive differentiate further when they are starting to saturate the SATA III connection?
    The overhead is probably not the interface as such, otherwise all manner of PCI-E peripherals like WiFi cards etc would be massively expensive.

    The PCI-E SSDs tend to come with extra RAID chips and that would add some cost along with whatever is needed to interface those RAID chips with the SSD controller chips and the PCI-E bus. The cards thus duplicate a lot of stuff already found in the motherboard chipset, so in that respect there is some overhead not present in a standard SATA SSD. Most of it is probably just the high-end markup though.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    It's shiny!

    We wants shiny, my precious (sorry could not resist).

    As I will never have Xfire or SLI and always keen to reduce cabling I would consider this. Depends a lot on price and capacity though. A good 256 Gb SSD + 1TB back up HD would cost £200 (+VAT), so that is broadly what this has to compete with

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbouk View Post
    Depends on the price premium, but if it's not too much more then why not get a neat card that slots in your system rather than a drive? Saves on a couple of cables and runs faster.

    If people weren't fussed about the speed of their SSDs then there wouldn't be a whole premium sector pushing out faster drives.
    Even way back when I was building my system I specified it with future use of PCI-E SSDs in mind. Just need more entrants in the field to bring the prices down - they're far more suitable than SATA based interfaces. So mark me down as interested if they're price competitive.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Another thing in favour of PCI-E drives is the GodAwful Shoddiness of the SATA cable/socket. Even with so-called lockable connectors, it's just such a woefully dodgy connection and has caused me no end of woes over the years. Sure, the cables are much nicer than having massive ribbon IDE cables, plus those Huuuuuuuge IDE connectors (though I remember some rather snazzy streamlined IDE cables with my DFI Lanparty board a while back).

    Okay, they're not going to be hot swappable, but I rather like these PCI-E disk drives. Now if only they could compete on price...

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Looks pretty at least. Shame their sound cards don't look that good.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Good drive but will the price be reasonable?

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    To a degree, Read / Write speeds aren't that important for most users, it's all about the IOPS. Then again, I suppose this isn't aimed at most users

    My biggest annoyance in the past has been that some devices need additional drivers to be seen at boot time (much like a RAID card that isn't known to the OS), which can be a bit more limiting in a multi OS environment. Going to depend on how they do it, but I'm keen to know.

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    I do like the idea of not being limited by sata, they just need some native pci-e controllers.
    Most sata controllers are hooked up via pci-e channels anyway.
    I say bring back add-on cards, boards these days have loads of unused slots

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    Re: News - ASUS set to launch own-brand PCI Express SSDs in May

    Problem is with those of us who go the SLI route, you can't fit these cards in - then again I've got 2 SATA SSDs, and when i used mechanical I would reformat every few months, but I've not felt the need to touch this in 2+ years.

    Each to their own and all..but I just can't see the home user needing this - the only way you're gonna notice any difference is in side-by-side comparisons, which a normal user doesn't have.

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