After being all the rage a year or two ago for performance desktop systems, new PCI Express-based solid-state drives have been few and far between recently. That looks to change with the new ROG Raidr Express SSD family from Asus.
The company first teased the drives at the Consumer Electronics Show a few months back, but now, more details are emerging about a launch soon. Digitimes has reported that the ROG Raidr Express will debut in May, using the PCI Express 2.0 interface and featuring Toshiba MLC flash storage components.
While Digitimes has a bad reputation for reporting rumors that often don't pan out, this one seems to have legs. Asus has teased the drive on its Republic of Gamers blog, posting an image and floating 830MB/s read and 810MB/s write speeds. Based on specs leaked elsewhere, those speeds appear to be for the 240GB version of the drive, whereas the 120GB flavor will have 775MB/s read and 765MB/s write speeds. The SSDs will apparently use dual LSI SandForce SD-2281 controllers and handle up to 100,000 IOPS.
Because the drives haven't been official announced, there's no pricing information on the ROG Raidr Express, though aside from OCZ's RevoDrive 3, it looks like it won't have much competition in the desktop PCI Express 2.0 SSD market whenever it launches.