We’ve seen solid state drives become very popular over the last couple of years, as prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that SSDs can offer. And we’ve looked at many SandForce-based drives in particular, and have come away impressed. Prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that SSDs can offer.
And so today we’re looking at another SandForce SSD, but this one is very special as it’s essentially two drives in one that feature a RAID 0 configuration. The name of this little juggernaut is the VisionTek Data Fusion 240GB PCI-Express. It acts like a drive but looks like a card since it plugs directly into the motherboard, bringing a whole new level of speed into the mix.
While the Data Fusion drive is certainly suitable for home or office use, there’s also opportunity to employ it in a mail server or other IT applications. The Data Fusion drive is bootable, and with claims of 800MB/s and 100,000 IOPS, such speed is typically expensive, but this PCI-E SSD currently retails for only $380 for the 240GB version. Sounds very tempting to us.
Let’s dive in and find out just how fast the VisionTek Data Fusion 240GB proves in our testing.