Taiwan-based Super Talent made an appearance on the main show floor this year, having been at Sands last year. VP of Marketing Joe James welcomed the change, noting more traffic and interest in Super Talent’s newest products, USB 3.0 drives and high performance RAM.
USB 3.0 RAIDdrive
The USB 3.0 RAIDdrive marries two SSDs on dual SATA controllers to an onboard RAID0 controller to create a storage device with incredible speed. It’s sized smaller than an 2.5″ external enclosure, but larger than a thumbdrive. It’s portable, but by no means something one would carry daily in a pocket. Technically, it’s the world’s first USB 3.0 Flash drive.
The RAID controller on the RAIDdrive causes the drive to appear as a single physical drive to the operating system, so there are no additional drivers required to operate it. It’s faster than any single SSD or Flash drive on the market, at 300 MBps. Yes, megabytes per second on Super Talent’s testing hardware.
Super Talent is aiming toward the professional market with the drive. It’s a great target for an Adobe Photoshop scratch file, HD video workspace, video game storage, or even Windows Readyboost. It’s even fast enough to act as storage for a virtual machine, as its 4k read speeds exceed 14 MBps.
The USB 3.0 RAIDdrive will be available later this month in 64 GB and 128 flavors for an as-of-yet undetermined price.
The regular RAIDdrive is also a new product, and is very, very similar to the USB 3.0 RAIDdrive. It ups the count of drives to four 512 GB SSDs. It will also be available this month.
Super Talent readied new revisions of its high performance DDR3. The current dual channel speed is 2200 MHz, but expect 2400 MHz before too long. Triple channel is at 2000 MHz.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.