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SSD middleware breakthrough gives up to 300% speed boost

By Scorpus ยท 16 replies
May 24, 2014
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  1. Solid state drives are already one of the fastest storage solutions going around, but a new breakthrough in SSD middleware has the potential to make the drives even faster.

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    "It seems unlikely that SSD manufacturers would push out such significant software updates to their old products, but we could see the tech integrated into new drives over the next few generations."

    Why not! Why can't they release a driver updated for PC users.
    Jad Chaar and wastedkill like this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,456   +1,735

    Because most of the existing SSD products are already operating at maximum throughput supported by SATA-III, so it will make little difference, but surely many support problems.
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Probably because that would mean users wouldn't upgrade aka spend cash on new products which isn't what a business wants :/
    Chis2k likes this.
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    If I buy a new SSD, it will be more for capacity than speed. I store my OS on my SSD, and there's barely enough space as is. That being said, if I can prolong the life and increase the speed of the drive while reducing power consumption, all with a firmware update, I'd do it.
  6. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    Was thinking about getting a larger SSD to replace the 60GB one I have for my OS. Guess I will wait a little longer until one with this new "technology" comes out. I don't expect a 300% increase but any increase would be beneficial.
  7. ioconnor

    ioconnor TS Rookie

    If this is just a better algorithm and easy to update as this article makes it seem like then all manufacturers will want to retrofit their older drives. It makes the company look fantastic and their products fantastic at very little cost.
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    No if the company is anything like a normal business they will profit from it not give it out or free! Hence why electric cars are not free!!!!
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Not really, it is because they want money! It is a companies dream to have breakthroughs like this one so that they can say, "look, 300% more performance! **big numbers** ***ooooohhh ahhhhhh***" and the consumer says, "wow, what great tech, lets spend another $200 even though I just bought one a few months back!"
    H3llion likes this.
  10. Download link?
  11. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    You might as well go ahead and purchase a new one could be years before anything like this is coded for consumers....That's if ya need it...
  12. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +435

    Yes mainly support. Bearing in mind, there is still plenty of headroom for 4k random writes so 300% gain there would be magnificent.
  13. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    Not true as SATA-III can support up to 6gb/sec throughput, where most SSD drives top out at around 500ish mb/sec
    So they actually could improve to be at least 10x as fast before reaching the SATA-III threshold
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +435

    In sequential reads in particular, SATA-III has been saturated since the Vertex 2. ie. the first sandforce SATA-III drive.

    500MB/s is the close to the practical limit. SATA-III is 6gbps (gigabit/s) NOT 6GB/s (gigabyte/s).

    The reason the spec is defined in bits per second is that is what goes over the physical channel. There aren't just data bits though - there is overhead on top. The user cares obviously about bytes though - that's their data. Rough rule of thumb for many comms channels is 10bits per byte but in SATA it appears worse (more overhead).
  15. Linkinworm

    Linkinworm TS Rookie

    even if performance wasn't increased, having less wear on the drive would be nice.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  16. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    Ah, I have thought 6gbps to be in bytes, not bits. Yeah I see what you mean now, definitely close to the SATA III limits already where it would be 750mb/sec hard drive throughput, minus the overhead
  17. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 828   +32

    ........why would there be a download link? You can't just download this software and boom it works. It has to be built into a driver for your specific SSD.

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