wheeledgoat wrote:GTFO - a PCIe hard drive??
I envision some poor sap, not unlike me, missing this news - and in a few years cracking open a computer thinking he knows what he's doing and scratching his head, wondering where the hard drive is.... never thinking to look on the PCI slots...
this does sound very cool, though! and speeds increased by 1.5x? seems worth it!
Yup, it's an amazing idea. Flash has the potential to be very
fast, and PCIe has enough bandwidth to be able to use it all - it's well beyond saturating a SATA III link. Most PCIe SSDs are PCIe x4: that's a potential of 4 GB/s (yes, a big "B"!) just for PCIe 2.0 - not even 3.0. No bottleneck there!
OCZ did this years ago with the RevoDrive, but it required proprietary drivers. Linux drivers were back-engineered and didn't support some proprietary features. Plextor has done this right and will be making them AHCI devices - no proprietary drivers needed, it will act as a hard drive out of the box.