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AMD Ryzen Threadripper NVMe RAID Is Blazing Fast!

If you thought we were done with news about Der8auer, you would be wrong. The German overclocker has taken to seeing just how fast he can move data, and has seen some amazing results from the combo of AMD's Ryzen Threadripper and X399 chipset.

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AMD Will Enable NVMe RAID On X399 ThreadRipper Platform

One of the shortcomings of AMD's X399 ThreadRipper HEDT platform was that it lacked NVMe RAID support. You did have the ability to build soft-RAID arrays using NVMe drives, you were not able to boot from them. It looks like AMD will be remedying this by adding support for NVMe RAID through a software update, which is scheduled for September 25th.

Aorus X399 Gaming 7 Motherboard
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AMD’s HEDT X399 Platform Lacks NVMe RAID Boot Support

Well all this hype around AMD's ThreadRipper processors and X399 platform it seems one major issue has been reported. ThreadRipper processors of course feature full 64-lane PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complexes, which allow you to run two graphics cards at full x16 bandwidth and drop in other devices like PCI-Express NVMe SSDs. It looks like if you plan on striping these NVMe SSDs in RAID and booting from them it will not be possible, the platform lacks NVMe RAID booting support.

Vantec NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure

Vantec NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Data redundancy is a thing that not many people think about. I myself lost about a year of photos because I had them stored on a drive that died and did not have a backup. One of the easiest ways to have data redundancy is to setup a RAID 1 array. Vantec wants to makes this easy with their new NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-225MX-S3). This small enclosure supports two 2.5-inch hard drives that you can put in Individual/JBOD/RAID0/RAID1 modes. So if you are not going for data redundancy, but rather speed you can set them up in a RAID 0 array. Since this enclosure supports 2.5-inch drives that means you can use solid state drives! The enclosure uses USB 3.0 so your transfer speeds will be very fast too! Let’s take a look and see what it can do!

OCZ Vertex 450

OCZ Vertex 450 128GB Solid State Drive RAID Review

OCZ’s Vertex line of solid state drives have been around for a while and we have reviewed many different Vertex drives over the past few years. If you remember back in 2011 OCZ acquired Indilinx and with the acquisition they were able to create an SSD controller completely in-house. The controller was the Barefoot 3 and it was featured on OCZ’s Vector solid state drive that we reviewed earlier this year. Well OCZ is back with a new drive in their Vertex 450. It will feature the same Barefoot 3 controller, and new 20nm MLC NAND instead of the 25nm that was being used on the Vector. Today we are taking a look at the 128GB version of the Vertex 450 that features sequential read and write speeds of 525 MB/s and 290 MB/s respectively. Not only that OCZ has sent us two drives so we can show you just how fast these drives are when put in a RAID array together. Read on as we take a look...


SilverStone DS322 Dual Bay USB 3.0 Enclosure Review

Sometimes it can be hard to find an easy, affordable and reliable solution for external PC backups in one product. I have used several HDD enclosures and NAS products from several different makers and never really fell in love with any of them. Most of them have extremely complicated menus that you have to sift through to try and figure out how to change the RAID setup of the device. Then you have to wait several hours just for it to format a few hundred Gigs of space. In the past, when deciding on a RAID capable enclosure you really need to prioritize what is important to you and ask yourself a few questions. How much does it cost? How reliable it is? How easy is it to use? Keep all of those questions in mind as you read this review and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this enclosure.


Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S LCM RAID Enclosure Review

Redundant storage is something many people need and definitely appreciate, especially if you’ve had a hard drive die on you.  That is never fun and neither is losing all of your data that was on your hard drive.  Akitio has a cool little enclosure that will give you redundant storage with RAID support, nice protection with its aluminum design and quite a few different connection options.  Did I mention it has a cool LCD display on the front that will give you information about your drives?  Read on as we check it out!

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