ASUS ROG RAIDR Express 240GB PCIe SSD Review
The Asus ROG RAIDR Express was unveiled at CES; however, there was very limited information about it. That said, Asus went public six months later, thus giving an opportunity to the media people to opening discuss its performance and specification. Also, more discussion took place at Computex. After that public discussion about Asus ROG RAIDR, Asus official went silent again. That means there was no more discussion regarding particular specification of the product at the end. However, we have come up with several observations or if you might call review that demystifies the operation of the Asus ROG RAIDR products. In this review, we shall be looking at the evolution of this product ranging from the specification and performance.
With that in mind, you need to note that Asus ROG RAIDR revolves around TRIM. The TRIM in ASUS ROG RAIDR functions perfectly. In other words, ASUS ROG RAIDR has never experienced TRIM problems since its initiation in the market. That said, RAIDR employs the latest Marvell Raid controller which is capable of passing the TRIM command to the two SSDs in RAID. It is among the RAID TRIM gadget we have employed besides the Intel Chipset RAID, which works perfectly.
TRIM play a critical function for consumer SSDs. When information is erased from the OS, a signal is conveyed to the drives, thus triggering it to erase the information completely. In a very short time, the SSD responds by erasing the information completely. However, there will need to move come critical information to other places. The work of the TRIM is to keep the area clear from junks.
The SATA SSD combo drive is like the ASUS RAIDR; however, it has no ability to go through TRIM to the SSDs. This production make an incredible part of the software make and more important there is no shortage of firm to sell this product to say the list. There is no doubt that this product a so lucrative and everybody is wishing to jump on the PCIe bandwagon. It began some years back when Fusion-io initiates the io-Drive. That might be the case; however, you need to note that most of these products are not fully functional after writing to all the LBA’s. However, the only way to keep them operational or their performance up you need TRIM and what is more frustrating is that most of them lack TRIM. As I said before, ASUS RAIDR has an operational TRIM, because of Marvell RAID controller. Having the TRIM does not mean the ASUS ROG RAIDR is a perfect gadget; it might have some shortcomings as well; however, that is another topic altogether. There are other products with motherboards that support RAID, for instance, the Intel-based motherboard. Above that, the Intel PCH RAID controller operates faster compared to any Marvell controller available in the market at the moment. But is you purchase a computer with X58 era, you need to know that your computer lacks Intel RAID with TRIM. It is so disappointing, right? Not worry; you can still reconsider ASUS ROG RAIDR because it has all that you need.
ASUS has marked the RAIDR Express SSD as a “First legacy as well as the UEFI compatible PCIe SSD.” It implies lots benefits to the client who needs to install Windows 8 on their computer. As you know, Microsoft integrated a new approach of booting the Windows using the new UEFI perfect BIOS. The procedure is called Safe Boot; the process only permits gadgets entailing a signed driver endorsed by Microsoft to boot and then initialized.
It implies there might be lots of similarity problems with old hardware that aren’t configured for Windows 8. However, ASUS has incorporated a switch to flip the SSD drive amid Legacy mode as well as UEFI Safe Boot mode, compatible with any motherboard as well as a system is top-notch. Along these lines, as a purchaser, you don’t need to get stressed that this SSD won’t work with their system. However, you will have to do the Little work of installing the OS on RAIDR Express.
Incorporated into the case is a driver CD which is a bootable Linux OS that helps ROG’s Secure delete software. So as to reinstall the SSD into its former speed, you have to run Secure Erase, which will help in reconditioning the entire SSD. We were happy that the processor was fairly simple and that Secure Erase completed the process with a few minutes. But note that ROG Secure Erase just works with RAIDR Express but not different SSDs. If ASUS made it accessible to general society to work with other SSD, I trust that this will end up being a mainstream instrument that individuals will utilize.