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Samsung XP941 NGFF M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 – Worlds Smallest SSD Combination Hits 2GB/s

Oct. 28. 2013
Samsung XP941 NGFF M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 – Worlds Smallest SSD Combination Hits 2GB/sSometimes we get fortunate enough to have just the right hardware at just the right time. Such was the case when Sony sent us their new VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook with a Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD for review. That SSD provided performance speeds over 1GB/s and enabled our statement of the VAIO Pro 13 as being the smallest, lightest and highest performing ultrabook available to the consumer today. In publishing that report, we found ourselves with two Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSDs on hand and the opportunity to configure one dynamite RAID 0 configuration, the other XP941 having been the subject of this SSD analysis.

This idea had originally come to mind in viewing the 256GB capacity XP941 and observing that the bottom of the PCB was practically empty through Samsung’ use of two 128GB capacity 10x class MLC 64Gb memory, rather than the norm of 4 x 64GB packages.

We considered that, although the PCB tracing might be a a bit delicate, Samsung could definitely create a XP941 512GB M.2 SSD in RAID o by adding another controller and RAID controller to the mix. A bit ambitious perhaps but, if anyone could pull this off, Samsung could. For anyone wanting to know the exact configuration of each XP941, clicking on either of the links in our opening para will help you along.

Our next task was to tackle configuration of two PCIe SSDs within our system and it was fortunate that we had two different M.2 PCIe SSD adapters on hand. Where at first we believed that we could simply plug the XP941 SSDs into the dual slot of either card, such was not the case. Both cards are set up for as varied of application purposes as possible and only one of the two PCIe slots worked specifically for this purpose. more

Source: The SSD Review

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