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To run some quick numbers, we popped our sample card from HighPoint into a desktop system that had a special Z97 chipset. Samsung provided HighPoint with four 960 Pro 1TB SSDs for our upcoming review. We ran through some simple four-corner tests to gauge initial performance, with four workers each using a queue depth of eight. That means we are testing the card at QD32.

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The HighPoint SSD7101A-1 should permanently solve the thermal throttling issue by using a small squirrel cage fan to blow air around the M.2 SSDs. The card supports both 2280 and 22110 form factor drives.

Intel's vROC can support up to 20 storage devices, but we won't see enthusiast motherboards with that many slots anytime soon. That's where products like the HighPoint SSD7100 Series come in. Several companies will release PCI Express cards that house up to four NVMe SSDs that utilize PCIe 3.0 x4 each. The cards use a special chip from PLX (now part of Avago) to bifurcate the PCIe 3.0 x16 lanes on a single PCIe slot. The SSD7100 Series consists of four devices, but only three are on the website. The SSD7120 and SSD7110 utilize the U.2 cable specification. The 7120 connects to four NVMe SSDs, but the 7110 attaches sixteen SAS drives using the older AHCI protocol. The SSD7101A and its variants are different. These cards hold four M.2 NVMe SSDs each, and you can combine more than one in each PC. The SSD7101A ships with Samsung 960 EVO SSDs pre-installed, and the SSD7101B ships with 960 Pro SSDs with up to 8TB of capacity. HighPoint has only certified Samsung 960 Series NVMe SSDs because it says that's the only product people want to use for high-performance systems.

The SSD7101A-1 is a $399 add-in card that ships without SSDs.

Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/highpoint-ssd7100-ssd7101-vroc-ssd,35004.html
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Quadfurcate NOT bifurcate.....

TSK !

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I remember my old server, 5 external SCSI SKAZI based boxes with drives spinning at insane speeds.
You would turn the server on, the fans inside it would spin at 15000 rpm! It was like an F18 was mating with Godzilla!
The poor thing was a dual socket INTEL server which would pwn my Northie and Prescott chips at half the clock in terms of data transfers.

I love storage wars, it shows how, manufacturers neglected an area where Samsung saw an opportunity. thumb.gif
 
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When I saw this announcement, I informed them that they needed to cease conversation and accept my remuneration hence!

Then it finally popped up on newegg - done and done... Let the merriment commence!



EDIT: (glorious...)

Edited by cekim - 8/11/17 at 11:58am
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Does it work with sm961 nvme? I have 3x samdung oem sm961 nvme 1TB.
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Does it work with sm961 nvme? I have 3x samdung oem sm961 nvme 1TB.
No way for me to test, but it does not indicate any specific reason it wouldn't. It's a PLX chip that bi-furcates the PCIe x16 to x4... So....

So far as I know, it does not support booting (yet).
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I run 2 1TB 960 Pros in Raid 0, and despite the benchmarks showing proper numbers I've yet really to find a program that utilize them. You seem to hit bottlenecks with most applications before the drives can max themselves.

For example, MakeMKV and 50GB rips I still "only" get about 800MB/s. I emailed him about it and he never got back to me. Processor is not anywhere near max because no encoding is being done. MKVToolNix is the only program where I see the full 2GB/s+ when remuxing large files.
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I run 2 1TB 960 Pros in Raid 0, and despite the benchmarks showing proper numbers I've yet really to find a program that utilize them. You seem to hit bottlenecks with most applications before the drives can max themselves.

For example, MakeMKV and 50GB rips I still "only" get about 800MB/s. I emailed him about it and he never got back to me. Processor is not anywhere near max because no encoding is being done. MKVToolNix is the only program where I see the full 2GB/s+ when remuxing large files.
You aren't trying hard enough.... biggrin.gif

Seriously though, you are right and that should be expected. My usage of this is pretty specialized and custom (related to databases).

I was able to scale performance up from SATA/SASS to NVME and I expect I'll be able to get more still, but not without "doing". The application must be structured assuming this new level of performance and few if any are. Slow disks is just a "truth" software has worked around forever...
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I am currently running one in my system with 2 512gb SM951s. No issues and it's a great piece of hardware. I reached out to Highpoint about bootable drivers and they notified me saying they are working on it and should have it shortly. In the mean time I found on their site that they released another version which specifically states it's bootable.
http://highpoint-tech.com/USA-test/series-ssd7110-overview.htm

Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be sold anywhere yet. I purchased the SSD7101A from Newegg business for $399.

Here are my benchmarks.


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