Asus And HyperX Join Forces With the HyperXpress SSD
Peter Donnell / 2 years ago
This week saw two industry giants joining forces for a demonstration of the first Asus branded SSD hard drive, the HyperXpress. As the name suggests, the Asus SSD has been co-developed by the legendary HyperX team at Kingston, a brand who already have many of the best memory and storage products on the market today to their name.
The new drive is 9.5mm thick and comes in the usual 2.5″ form factor that we’ve come to know and love from the SSD market. It’s packed full of features and comes with support of the SATA Express interface, which is set to hit the market next month, alongside the launch of the new Intel Z97 Express chipset and Intel’s Core Haswell Refresh processor range.
The drive is pretty common place in terms of components, featuring a host-agnostic RAID0 array of two mSATA 6 Gb/s SSDs, both of which are wired to a host controller from ASMedia. It will still behave like a single drive despite its dual hard drive nature, but it should benefit from the performance gains we normally see in RAID configurations.
The drive is still an early prototype and ASUS said that future models could run a pair of M.2 SSDs instead of mSATA, giving even better performance that what was seen from the recent demonstration (see chart below). With Computex 2014 just weeks away now (eTeknix will be there), ASUS are expected to launch a huge range of new storage products, so stay tuned for more information.
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