If your dink dink NVME M.2 PCIe SSD is not cutting the mustard with its ridiculous Transfer speeds of 7GB / s and medium capacity, OWC has a solution that is sure to solve any storage and capacity bottlenecks you may be dealing with. It’s new PCIe ACCELSIOR 8M2 SSD The “solution” can hold up to eight M.2 SSDs and, when connected to a next-generation platform with PCIe Gen 4 capability, can overcome any workload with an incredible 26GB / s throughput. If you’re still on a platform with PCIe Gen 3, it’s capable of still decent 12GB / s, which is even faster than any single SSD you can buy today.
Of course, the ACCELSIOR isn’t exactly a single SSD, but rather an add-on card that plugs into a PCIe x16 slot and holds up to eight individual drives, which are then merged via software RAID. Dubbed SoftRAID XT, OWC claims that the software allows you to create multiple types of RAID arrays, including volumes 0/1/4/5/1 + 0 (10), and no drivers are required. Only M.2 SSDs with PCI Gen 3 or Gen 4 specifications are compatible, so for maximum speed you would also need an AMD-based Zen 2 or 3 platform or the brand new Intel Alder lake.
As for the benefits of this type of storage array, OWC says it allows for the following:
- 16 streams of 8K ProRes444 in Final Cut Pro X
- 8 streams of 12K ProRes444 in Final Cut Pro X
- 9 streams of 16-bit 4K EXR in DaVinci Resolve
We’re not exactly content creation professionals, but it seems like a lot of data is pumped through the system, which makes us a little stunned. However, there is one big caveat, as OWC notes in the fine print: “Sequential (maximum) read / write performance of up to 26,926MB / s based on testing a 16TB OWC Aura Pro Series SSD (8 x 2, 0 TB) equipped with Accelsior 8M2 installed in a Windows 10 PC equipped with a Gigabyte Technology x570 motherboard with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900 3.8GHz processor and 16GB RAM, with Crystal Disk Mark 7.0.0 (1Mbyte sequential block size, 16 queues, 6 threads). Performance varies depending on SSD used, CPU speed, RAID setting and PCIe version. ” In other words, your mileage can vary.
However, you can simply purchase the exact configuration that OWC uses to get to this insane level of performance, for just $ 4,300. If you recently had an inheritance or invested in Tesla stock last year, the 64TB version is a paltry $ 13k. It makes us wish we could connect two together for a total of 16 SSDs, with something like an SLI adapter between them. Perhaps OWC is saving it for a future iteration.