A single 256GB Torqx is fast enough for most people's needs. Put two together in RAID0 and the system will fly along at over 400MB/s read. But what happens when you position 40 such drives in a single box? Watch the video and find out.
Fleshing out the clip, the Project Artemis setup houses a total of 10TB of storage over 40 drives. The chassis has 10 5.25in bay-adaptor enclosures that each hold four of the 256GB drives. Patriot uses five LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i controllers that can handle eight drives each. Power requirements of the box are such that an extra PSU is recruited to provide the juice.
The numbers are frightening and serve to show the intrinsic speed of NAND-based storage. Our calculations show that you wouldn't get much change out of £30,000 on a self-build basis and tapping into this kind of bandwidth would require some super-fast external interconnects, but it's nice to see the kind of speeds that the next generation of PC users may well be take for granted.
Patriot reckons it will build a 'significantly faster' SSD-laden box for COMPUTEX 2010. We wait with bated breath.
Full specs of the machine here.