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Fusion-io, a provider of leading-edge solid-state drives, has released its new advanced solid-state drive (SSD) ioXtreme that not only beats competing solutions, but is also a tad more affordable. In order to attract attention of the masses, Fusion-io teamed up with Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, a well known video-game champ, to promote the high-end SSD.

Fusion-io ioXtreme solid-state drive with 80GB capacity provides 520MB/s average bandwidth and 617MB/s burst bandwidth – Fusion-io does not declare traditional maximum sequential read and write speeds and concentrates on actual performance under certain loads. Even though the ioXtreme is based on multi-level cell (MLC) flash, the performance of the unit is much higher compared to, for example, Intel X25-E enterprise-class single-level cell (SLC) flash powered SSD (250MB/s sustained read and 170MB/s sustained write).

“The ioXtreme supercharges high-end PCs and workstations. Imagine playing the most intense game, working on complex 3D graphics, manipulating massive files, ripping multiple DVDs and installing a new application – all simultaneously. The technology is crazy and works at the speed I need,” said Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. .

Fusion-io ioXtreme is designed for PCI Express x4 bus and is compatible only with 64-bit Windows or Linux operating systems. The manufacturer declares two million hours meantime between failure (MTBF) as well as 6 years write endurance for the ioXtreme.

Fusion-io ioXtreme is scheduled for release in July at a list price of $895, which is considerably lower compared to SLC-based SSDs, but is still too much for a 80GB storage device.

“Johnathan’s experience with high-end computing has given him a unique insight into the disruption our core technology brings to all levels of computing. The ioXtreme is a good example of how combining the wisdom of veterans, such as myself, with next generation expertise such as Johnathan’s, will take Fusion-io’s performance revolution into the future,” said Steve Wozniak, chief scientist of Fusion-io.

Tags: Fusion-io, ioXtreme, SSD, Flash

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Discussion started: 06/06/09 12:34:30 AM
Latest comment: 06/07/09 11:40:41 AM

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Hmm... looks really tempting... to be honest, at $595, I'd possibly buy it (probably gasp as my wallet floats to the ceiling immediately afterward...). But $895 is just too pricey for 80GB... :-\ Even if it's super fast, it's very limited.

6 more months and they'll have something twice as fast and twice as big for the same price, though :-p
0 0 [Posted by: Zshazz  | Date: 06/06/09 12:34:30 AM]
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It definitely looks like an interesting product, and if Wozniak is on board then chances are it's not just hot air. Still, you have to wonder why they don't declare the random access latency figure, particularly for writes. One can argue that since writes are not as common as reads, an average can legitimately give them less weight... but this is pretty deceptive when it actually comes to a write-heavy task. I look forward to seeing how it performs, anyway.

On another note:

"The ioXtreme supercharges high-end PCs and workstations. Imagine playing the most intense game, working on complex 3D graphics, manipulating massive files, ripping multiple DVDs and installing a new application – all simultaneously. The technology ... works at the speed I need," said Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel.

How many eyes and hands does Wendel have if he can do all of these things at the same time?
0 0 [Posted by: MTX  | Date: 06/07/09 05:31:15 AM]
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He overclocked his brain and now he walks with a fan on his head
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 06/07/09 11:40:41 AM]
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