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VisionTek Data Fusion PCI-Express 240GB

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Posted May 3, 2013 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $380
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Blistering speeds; RAID on a single card; Low profile mounting; Outstanding value
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Potential lack of TRIM support (depends on chipset)
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Excellent performance and value to consumers who want a top product.
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by Jake
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Overview

Each GRX drive in the various capacities share the same styling but a different colour scheme. Teh 240GB model happens to be purple. So the box design reflects that, in a black, white, and purple design as well.

Basic features are outlined, such as the dual SandForce controllers, x4 PCIe Bus interface, and a low profile form factor. Most notably absent is any sort of significant VisionTek logo; it’s nearly impossible to tell whose drive this is just by glancing at the box. VisionTek might want to consider reinforcing their corporate branding a bit more on the box.

The rear contains a bit more information. What’s particularly helpful here is the SSD upgrade kit, with instructions on how to clone your hard drive to the SSD. In fact, there’s a video that shows the steps, easy to understand for a novice who may be a bit unsure how to transfer their important data.

Contained within the box is the drive itself of course, a Quick Installation Guide, and also a low profile adapter in case anyone has the chance to install this little beast in a small form case or HTPC setup for a real joyride.

The specifications indicate the drive is capable of up to 825MB/s Read and 800MB/s Write, with 100,000 4K random write IOPS. Very fast, indeed.

Let’s take a closer look at the VisionTek GRX.

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2 Comments


  1.  

    You state, “The only real downside here is lack of TRIM support, but any SSD RAID setup will encounter the same problem so the Data Fusion is no better or worse in that regard.” But I thought raid is now supported on Intel 6 an 7 series chipsets? See here:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6477/trim-raid0-ssd-arrays-work-with-intel-6series-motherboards-too




    •  

      Good point. It really should read “potential” lack of TRIM support, since only 7-series chipsets are currently officially supported. Others can be, but not native “official” support as of yet.

      Review has been updated to reflect that.

      Thanks for the feedback!





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