At CES 2013 earlier this year, we met up with ASUS to discuss some upcoming new products as always. One of the products was presented to us, in an rather vague fashion as you may have seen in the video coverage. That product was the new ASUS ROG RAIDR Express PCI Express SSD and it's finally coming to market.
In a field of PCI-E based SSDs, the RAIDR definitely gets a second glance thanks to its ASUS ROG design cues. The black and red colors of the matte finish covering really stand out and complement the company's signature board series well. However, the RAIDR's beauty isn't just skin deep as it boasts performance to match with read and write speeds in excess of 800 MB/s in a 240GB capacity serviced by an LSI Sandforce controller. But the true test of this product in the mass market is uniform compatibility with both older and newer motherboards with either traditional or UEFI BIOS configurations. This is something that has caused early adopters great angst with some competing products.
The RAIDR features a switch on the card itself that allows one to make it compatible with a traditional or UEFI BIOS with just the flick of a switch. And in terms of longevity, the RAIDR seems to take after enterprise level products with a 620,000 MTBF which is roughly 70 years. Since enthusiasts upgrade constantly, we'll probably be seeing this third, fourth and fifth hand in the near future.
Pricing of the ASUS ROG RAIDR has not yet been determined nor has availability been released. But it is one step closer to becoming a real contender for your wallet when it does eventually launch. In the meantime you can check out the video below and pull up the full press release at the link right below that.