What to look forward to: While gamers have been impressed with the improvements that conventional 2.5Gb/s or 5Gb/s NVMe SSDs can bring to a PC or game console, RAID SSDs are on a completely different level. GRAID claims its latest model continues to push forward PCIe 4.0 cutting-edge speeds.

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This week GRAID announced A SupremeRAID SR-1010 RAID data center storage card upgraded to PCIe 4.0 just a few months after its PCIe 3.0 predecessor. Like the SR-1000, which launched Last October, the new model delivered an incredible maximum sequential read speed of 110 GB/s, but doubled its maximum write speed from 11 GB/s to 22 GB/s.

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However, these speeds are intended for Linux users. While both SR cards are slower on Windows, the performance they achieve on Microsoft OS is still amazing and the SR-1010 wins significantly in read speed. If the SR-1000 peaked at 65 GB/s on Windows, then its successor tops out at 74 GB/s. For comparison, OWC Accelsior 8MW from Other World Computing, released last November, has a maximum speed of 26GB/s.

The performance of GRAID SSDs is highly dependent on their unique hardware design. If the picture above looks like a GPU, then it is. SR-1010 is based on RTX A2000 by Nvidia workstation video card. In addition to boosting the power of GRAID SSDs, using GPU technology to power storage allows them to handle I/O on their own, bypassing the CPU.

The SR-1010 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10. It is compatible with Windows Server 2019 and 2022 as well as multiple Linux distributions. GRAID Authorized Resellers and OEMs plan to start offering it starting May 1st.