Photofast PowerDrive-LSI PCIe SSD Benchmarks

The SSD Review has just received benchmark results for the upcoming release of the Photofast Powerdrive-LSI PCIe and couldn’t resist getting them out to you right away. It certainly appears that PCIe cards are about to make their grand entrance with announcements such as this and that of OWC just yesterday.



Pricing for the new drive is a mere $1670 (240Gb), $2360 (480Gb) and $4300 (960Gb) and you can pre-order today here. Looking at these benchmarks and prices, we have to ask ourselves, ” Is the sky really the limit?”


  • Available in 256GB , 512GB & 1 TB MLC with 512MB DDRII of local cache
  • LSI Hardware based RAID controller with x8 PCI-Express 2.0 host bus interface
  • Max. write up to 1500MB/s (measured in ATTO benchmarks)
  • CNC enclosure in classic red painting
  • Total ECC 96 bit / 512byte, RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 6, RAID spans 10, 50 and 60
  • Operating System Support: MSWin 7, Vista, 2000, XP, Win Server 2003, Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Miracle Linux, Fedora Core, Linux open source driver (32/64-bit)
  • FreeBSD, VMware 3.0.1/3.0.2

  • Weight: 980g +/- 10g
  • Power Supply Voltage: 12V, 3.3V± 5%
  • Controller: SISAS2108 RAID-on-Chip (ROC) o  800MHz PowerPC®
  • Host Bus Interface: x8 PCI-Express 2.0
  • Capacity: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
  • Data Buffer: 512MB  DDR II cache


Read: 1400MB/s Max. Sequential Read
Write: 1500MB/s Max. Sequential Write


Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature: -25°C ~ 85°C
Humidity:0 °C~55°C / 95% RH, 10cycles
Vibration: Op/Storage – 20G Peak
Shock: Op/Storage – 1500G



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