Quad m.2 PCIe x16 NVMe RAID0 ADAPTER by ASROCK

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  1. zeynel

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    Wow, $79 price is awesome. Looks like only Intel X299 and AMD X399 motherboards for now. I will wait to see what motherboards are verified to work with this promising quad m.2 card & quad bifurcation (4x4).
     
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    This is exactly my vision for M.2 in Desktop: Passive adapter cards with in-slot bifurcation. A PCIe 16x combo card with 4 M.2 individually switcheable for 4 MiniSAS for U.2 could also be fun.
     
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    The random 4k results on X399 were disappointing though. Great sequential, horrible random.
     
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    Yeah, their fakeraid is kinda broken. Intel has put more effort into their fakeraid. Fakeraid is still fake though, wouldn't touch either with a 10 foot pole.

    Once you hand it over to the OS where it belongs, no problem. Hardware raid cards are dead [jim], none of those rinky-dink controller designs from the sas era can can handle nvme at full speed anyways.
     
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  6. SupremeLaw

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    We recently asked ASRock in the USA to reply with specific directions for doing a fresh install of Windows 10
    on a RAID-0 of 4 x Samsung 960 Pro SSDs in an ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 card installed in an
    ASRock X399M micro-ATX motherboard for AMD Threadripper CPUs.

    They replied very promptly (same day) with the details.

    The ASRock implementation looks very attractive, for several reasons of which I am aware:

    (a) no need to "dangle the dongle" (cf. Intel VROC key);
    (b) multiple Ultra Quad M.2 cards can be installed in the same motherboard (cf. DIP switches);
    (c) the 6-pin 12V PCIe power connector is good planning;
    (d) the cooling fan is larger than the comparable ASUS version;
    (e) the diagonal placement of the M.2 SSDs should help with cooling;
    (f) there is room for the longer 22110 M.2: Supports M Key type 2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2;
    (g) it's now relatively easy to compare the performance of 4 x Intel Optane 900P, using the M.2-to-U.2 cable and adapter;
    (h) our workstation needs a larger ramdisk, using RamDisk Plus, and a much faster RAID-0 is perfect
    because our ramdisk is SAVED and RESTORED at shutdown and startup;
    (i) other products are elaborating this storage "ecosystem" e.g. Icy Dock's 5.25" NVMe ToughArmor enclosure:
    ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB699VP-B Rugged Full Metal 4 Bay 2.5" NVMe U.2 SSD Mobile Rack For External 5.25" Bay - Newegg.com
    (j) a variety of M.2 NVMe SSDs can be installed in the latter, using Syba's U.2-to-M.2 enclosure:
    SYBA SY-ADA40112 2.5" U.2 (SFF-8639) to M.2 NVMe - Newegg.com
    (k) on-board installation of 4 x M.2 SSDs eliminates the extra expenses of cables and enclosures.

    We've also requested ASRock to produce a YouTube video which demonstrates
    Windows 10 installation on this AIC installed in the ASRock X399M motherboard,
    like this video:
    [ASRock Classroom] How to build RAID and install Win10 on M.2 SSD?

    The essential functionality required of compatible motherboards is "bifurcation"
    aka "4x4" in ASRock nomenclature, and x4/x4/x4/x4 in ASUS nomenclature.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    One of the things that can happen with benchmarks of random I/O performance
    is that a logical record or "block" is smaller than the RAID stripe size:
    this difference means that such a block will ONLY be written to a single RAID member.
    Therefore, the measured performance should drop significantly, because
    only one RAID member is actually involved in an Input-Output Operation
    with such a block.
     
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