Wings PCIe SSD offers four-port expansion capacity

PCIe-based solid-state disks are all the rage these days, and a new one from a company called Angelbird offers interesting expansion potential. Simply dubbed Wings, the PCI Express x4 card starts at $239 and comes equipped with 16 or 32GB of flash memory. To that card, users can add up to four ArchWing expansion drives, which look to be little more than standalone SSDs. Those drives use SandForce SF-1200 controllers and come in 120 and 240GB capacities.

Expansion isn’t limited to ArchWings, though. Users will be able to add their own 2.5″ hard drives or SSDs using “universal clip & couplers” that come bundled with the Wings card. It looks like you’ll have a fair amount of control over how those drives are configured using the Wings card’s integrated RAID controller, as well.

Angelbird says the Wings card can boot Windows, OS X, and most Linux distros. The company makes some pretty impressive performance claims, too. With a 32GB Wings card and just one SSD, users can expect 285MB/s sustained reads and 275MB/s writes. Throw four SSDs into the mix in what I assume is a striped RAID 0 array, and you’re looking at 1081MB/s reads and 945MB/s writes.

Wings cards are currently in production, but there’s no word on when they might become available for sale. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    Why not just buy a good Adaptec sas raid controller and hook up your own SSDs to it? Or a less expensive LSI variant…

    Alot of raid controllers seem to have issues delivering on the max bandwidth allowed to them by the PCI-E bus and I’m sure this is no exception, especially if it’s a cheaper controller. My Perc 6/i has similar problems and unfortunately it seems to only be rectified with more expensive cards from different manufactures (Adaptec).

    This product is just trying to make a niche where there isn’t one. :l

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 9 years ago

    Random I/O performance is not quoted. These systems look good on paper, but could be awful in practice. Does anyone remember the first NAND MLC SSDs with JMicron controllers?

    • shank15217
    • 9 years ago

    Little more than a sata controller with SSDs attached to them, hardly a revolution and 4x pci is too freaking slow, it maxes out at 1GBps.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      No, try 1Gb[

        • shank15217
        • 9 years ago

        How do you know its pci 2.0 card?

          • Trymor
          • 9 years ago

          Cuz the makers better be that smart?

          1GB is still theoretically enough for l[<1081MB/s reads and 945MB/s writes.<]l

            • shank15217
            • 9 years ago

            It doesn’t work like that, they aren’t making a scsi asic from scratch. 4 port sata 3GBps scsi controllers are usually 4x pci 1.0.. and yes it is ok for 3.0 GBps but not for 6.0 GBps.

            • Shining Arcanine
            • 9 years ago

            1081MBps exceeds the theoretical maximum for a 1GBps link, even if base 10 measurements are used. That would allow a maximum of ~1074MBps, which they are clearly exceeding.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    They should put these in an iPad.

    iPad w/ Wings.

      • bdwilcox
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, and if it catches fire like Forge’s did, you can throw it on the ground and tampon it.

        • Trymor
        • 9 years ago

        Ha, uh, ha.

    • willyolio
    • 9 years ago

    i like the idea of PCIe SSDs just for the fact that it’ll eliminate another 2 cables in the case.

      • internetsandman
      • 9 years ago

      Agreed, though for a SFF build I’m planning I’m using one simply because I didn’t have any room for a standard SSD boot drive after my two Caviar Blacks had been accounted for

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    Cool, now I can have a 992 GB bootup drive that is blasting fast! And build it over time…

    • Trymor
    • 9 years ago

    lol

    • Mourmain
    • 9 years ago

    This is probably the future of SSD.
    SATA just gets in the way really.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Yes, every laptop will have one by 2027. :p

        • Trymor
        • 9 years ago

        Wonder if any current notebooks sport a x4 slot…

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    Sounds like they’re ripe for a TR review…when they’re released that is.

    That’s absolutely mouth watering e-peen transfer rates though.

      • bdwilcox
      • 9 years ago

      Yes, this should come with a warning that it’s performance may induce a state of arousal. If those numbers pan out, this thing could be used instead of Viagra.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        I may or may not have a bit of a chubby right now…

          • highlandr
          • 9 years ago

          Let’s just leave that thought ambiguous, eh? A little too much information.

          • crabjokeman
          • 9 years ago

          I hope your pants have 3″ of room then…

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