REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL ANALYSIS
So my Test Bench sits a foot to my right and many have asked about the heat created with such a powerful storage solution. After all, there was once a time when we were testing a full size enterprise solution and having to provide additional cooling measures for 2/3 this performance. What can I say; I feel absolutely no additional heat in testing or typical use of the Samsung SM951 RAID 0 setup. Am I sensitive to heat? I can feel the heat permeating from my 50″ plasma five feet to my right. There is no significant heat increase noticed.
This combination is amazing. It can only be accomplished with the ASRock X99 Extreme 11 as this board has two ‘Ultra M.2’ slots capable of PCIe 3.0 X4. They are leaps and bounds ahead of every other motherboard manufacturer out there and their decision to push storage boundaries has paid leaps and bounds!
It is also only possible with two Samsung SM951 M.2 SSDs. The Samsung SM951 is the fastest and smallest storage solution in the world right now but don’t hold your breath; Computex 2015 is only days away and there will be many announcements.
It is becoming evident that we are seeing storage move into the realm of the CPU and DRAM memory, although we are not there just yet. Just how important this is needs to be examined through the need of the user. Will a typical user experience any difference whatsoever between this and any other SSD? No, they will not. Will there be enthusiasts who snag this just because? Absolutely. The key demographic for this solution lies in the media professional first and foremost, an occupation where time is money and the quicker a project is completed, the higher the efficiency and better the return…or time away who knows right?
One thing is for sure though and that is the need for such performance as we move to higher caliber media such as 4K and eventually 8K video. 4K video alone requires 1.4GB/s data transfer speeds to effectively manipulate and this doubles that, with a 1TB storage space. As much as we’d like to credit Samsung for their newest SM951, both Samsung and ASRock deserve kudos for hitting a home run with this combination!