Asustek Computer, a leading maker of high-performance computer components and premium notebooks, is working on an ultra high-end solid state drives with PCI Express 2.0 interface. The solid-state storage solution, which promises to offer extreme levels of performance, will be sold under “Republic of Gamers” brand and will likely carry a hefty price-tag.
Asus RAID Express, as the name suggests, packs in several solid-state drives in mSATA or NGFF form-factors that work in RAID0 mode to provide extreme levels of performance, and utilize PCI Express 2.0 x4 interface to eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks. According to Asustek, ROG RAIDR Express maintains full compatibility with all major chipsets and operating systems, and can be used as a bootable drive for accelerated PC performance across the board. What is unclear is whether the solid-state storage solution supports Trim command that allows maintaining high levels of performance over time.
Like all Asus ROG add-in cards, the RAIDR Express comes covered with a special enclosure that is designed to minimize EMI impact on components.
Actual storage sizes, full technical and performance specifications are due in the next few months as the RAIDR Express has some further testing to go before retail availability. One thing that can be expected from RAIDR Express is extreme performance, a think not anticipated is an affordable price-point.