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CES 2014: SF3700 and SSDs in all forms

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:09 AM

This year at CES, you can't talk storage without mentioning LSI's upcoming SF3700 controller. The new controller is said to have max sequential transfer speeds of up to 1800MB/s (that's north of 14Gb/s). The SF3700 features both SATA 6 Gb/s and PCI-Express 2.0 x4 interface, and as such is shown by manufacturers in all sorts of form factors.

Here's Kingston HyperX Predator (PCIe form), M.2 and 2.5" forms as well:

Mushkin's PCIe and M.2 products: http://www.techpower...n-pcie-ssd.html

The new controller will unleash its full power in PCIe configuration only, as it can totally saturate the SATA3 bus. But it also features support for SATA-Express, so whenever the new interface is available on motherboards, SF3700 products will be able to use it. Products based on LSI's new controller are set to debut later this year, probably Q3 or Q4.

With SF3700 not yet available, Plextor introduced a temporary solution for people wanting a better SSD than the SATA3 interface allows. They pretty much just stuck a M.2 SSD on a PCIe card. While it is slower than SF3700, it will be shipping soon. Also, it is very possible that you will be able to just replace the M.2 SSD on it later on, with an SF3700-based solution or better.

Plextor's makeshift M.2-on-a-PCIe-card solution:
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