VisionTek Racer 240GB
Today we had the opportunity to be one of the first sites to review and test the new VisionTek Racer Series 240GB SSD. It’s a brand new series from VisionTek and the first ever SSD from a company we have known for years for the fast ATI/AMD video cards they manufacture.
The Racers Series 240GB did not disappoint, as the SSD came with everything you need for an installation. There was no need to upgrade Firmware and we couldn’t find any listed From VisionTek. With the latest SandForce SF-2281 controller and the Toshiba Toggle Model MLC NAND under the hood, the Racer is very fast.
VisionTek pushes the SandForce to its limits and reaching maximum advertised speeds of 555MB/s Reads in the AIDA64 random read test and 536.5MB/s in the buffered read test. We also found that in Anvil’s Storage utilities, the drive was able to also exceed the Maximum advertised Max Random Write IOPS: of 85,000 with speeds to 87,732 in the Random Write IOPS test. The other tests also showed outstanding results across the board, particularly with incompressible data, as we’ve come to expect from the SandForce SF-2281 controller.
The SSD market is getting very competitive these days, as pricing becomes more accessible to the masses and there’s greater demand for these superfast drives. So in terms of pricing, most SandForce SF-2281 drives are seeing price drops of late, and VisionTek is adjusting their pricing as well. A quick online search reveals the Racer is still set at the higher price, but we’ve been told that will be corrected in the coming days. VisionTek has indicated they expect the Racer 240GB to retail for about $319 or less, which makes it well priced against the competition for the performance you get. We look forward to the price drop, so wait just a bit to let things settle before jumping into a quick purchase.
The VisionTek Racer 240GB is very impressive with killer performance, and it’s a great first release by VisionTek going up against the big companies on the market. We think if the Racer can maintain a sharp price tag, then it will be an alluring product for those looking for a great combination of speed and capacity in an SSD.