REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
We never expected to get such an opportunity from Super Talent and kudos have to go out to the company and Peter Carcione for allowing us to return from Germany with it and conduct this report. Truth be told, I was a bit nervous on being questioned by Customs as to what this was as most wouldn’t have a clue and ones imagination can run rampid at times.
There were a great many factors that had to be considered prior to the review, two of which were that this upStream was nowhere near review quality and also that performance results are bound to change prior to final release of any product.
Consideration of product pricing factors in the final analysis is somewhat a difficult issue as we haven’t a clue what the release price will be nor where it will be once the dust settles. We think the fact that SuperTalent utilized LSI SandForce SF-1222 processors, as well as their choice of Micron asynchronous NAND flash memory, just may play a positive role in determination of whether it releases consumer hands.
Unfortunately though, both of those factors do limit performance and that should be stated right off because Super Talent is not making the sale for the fastest PCIe SSD card on the market, but rather a product that will reach the performance they were looking for in the first place, 1GB/s. It does that and even a card which has weathered a number of technology events still meets, and sometimes exceeds, their already posted performance benchmarks.
There is a key to this card that really excites me though and it is more than just the great lighting effects I see just to my right. It is the fact that I just plugged it in, turned the system on and it was recognized and ready to become the boot drive. That is something I haven’t seen yet and it shouts ‘ease of installation’ to each and every prospective customer.
I never clarified with Super Talent whether this RAIDDrive upStream PCIe SSD was a loaner or could remain for testing and will be frank, it is staying in our X79 Test Bench for long term analysis. Truth is I really love the card and it started with the installation. There have been some standard SSDs that were more work to install than the upStream and that is a huge factor to me. Performance is as stated, it runs great, frees up a standard SSD slot and I love the special effects always present through the side window of this Corsair 600T Window Chassis. Here is one last look!