ASUS officially announced RAIDR Express, the first PCI Express-based SSD with a DuoMode feature that allows it to work with either legacy (traditional) or
modern UEFI BIOS.
Aimed at hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts, RAIDR Express offers a 240GB
capacity, sequential 830MB/s read and 810MB/s write speeds, and bundled with
many features that maintain the high-speed performance and extend its lifespan.
Boasting the ROG red and black design with double-sided metal shielding and an
620,000 hours mean time between failure (MTBF) to ensure quality, RAIDR Express
is built to last.
BIOS chips onboard, RAIDR Express includes a hardware switch that lets users
alternate between legacy and UEFI modes, ensuring the best compatibility with
PCs old and new.
In legacy mode, the RAIDR Express can be used on older motherboards ? those with
a traditional (non-UEFI) BIOS. By switching to UEFI mode, users can boost PC
The SSD uses the latest generation dual LSI SandForce controller, Toshiba-made
19nm 16K-page size multi-level cell (MLC) sync-NAND flash and offers 100,000 4K
read/write input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 830/ 810MB/s sequential
The bundled RAMDisk utility that allows users to dedicate up to 80% of a
computer?s available RAM for use as a high-speed virtual drive that accelerates
the loading of applications and games. In ASUS tests, read speeds of over
12,000MB/s were reached.
Better still, RAMDisk extends the life of RAIDR Express by reducing unnecessary
write operations. RAMDisk even backs itself up to the main system drive when the
PC is shut down and restores itself automatically at power-up. The ROG SSD
TweakIt tool ups the speed stakes still further by relocating repetitive write
activities to the RAMDisk for even faster operation, while keeping RAIDR Express
at peak performance for much longer. SSD TweakIt can also be used to apply a
preset profile that refines processor settings automatically to achieve
additional speed boosts of up to 5%.
RAIDR Express also includes ROG HybriDisk technology super-charges hard disk
drive storage. HybriDisk allows RAIDR Express to act as a solid-state cache for
high-capacity hard drives up to 4TB, but its PCIe architecture means data
transfers smash the 600MB/s SATA limit for traditional PC storage. ROG
CrystalDiskMark benchmark tool is also included.