Twenty-four SSDs strung together for 6TB, 2GB/sec throughput

When you've got millions of dollars at your disposal, and access to some of the industry's best hardware engineers, what do you do? Well, if you're Samsung you make a YouTube video showing the speed, capacity and reliability you can get by stringing together 24 solid state disk drives behind a RAID controller to create "the world's most powerful consumer computer". The result: 6TB of storage and 2GB/sec throughput that is able to load 53 programs 18 seconds.

Whoa.

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While it's an amateur-looking video, the marketing scheme was actually pretty cool. If you can get 220MB/sec random access speed with one 256GB SSD, what do you get with 24?

Well, for starters, you can load Microsoft Office in .5 seconds.

The 24 multi-level cell NAND flash memory SSDs were combined with an two Intel Extreme QX9775 quadcore processors on an Intel Skulltrail D5400XS Motherboard with 4GB of memory, along with two AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics cards, and an Adaptec 5 series RAID card.

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The engineers demonstrated the power of the RAIDed drives through several methods, including ripping a 700MB DVD in just .8 seconds, and defragging on the H Drive with 24,400 files in 784 directories in 5 seconds.   

So what does all this prove? Not much, unless you're a consumer who can blow $12,000 on 24 $500-a-piece SSDs. But, it is fun to watch.

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