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Why DDR and NAND Flash SSDs are the next step

In the last 25 years CPU speeds have increased by 1000x, hard disk capacities have increased by 1000x, memory speeds have effectively increased by 500x, mobo bus data transfer speeds have increased by 500x and floppy disks have been replaced by flash disks, which are 100,000x larger and 1000x faster than a 1.44MB floppy. But hard disk access times and sustained transfer rates and IOPS have only increased by around 5x. So hard disk performance is the last bottleneck in the modern PC. In fact the modern PC has become a ludicrously overspecified mechanical hard disk controller. Every component within it cycles at speeds faster than 200 MHz except the hard disk which cycles at 120 Hz (7200 rpm) or 166 Hz (10,000 rpm) or 250 Hz (15,000 rpm).

There is presently only one way to fix this bottleneck. A Solid State DDR or NAND Flash drive. Please do not confuse flash SSDs with DDR SSDs. They are entirely different devices. Sure they are both solid state, but then so is a lump of concrete.

You will not double the real world performance of your PC by buying a faster processor, or a faster graphics card or a new motherboard. In many circumstances a large RAID system of the fastest hard disks will double overall system performance. But to achieve an order of magnitude improvement in real world performance you have to tackle the bottleneck of mechanical hard disk latency.

The most effective way of doing this is with a HyperDrive5 or a good SSD such as the Kingston HyperX series. The Kingston flash drives have faster Sustained Transfer rates, but their write latency is not as good as the HyperDrive5.

Intel and AMD and the memory companies and the PC magazines which earn advertising revenue from these companies will tell you that you should get a faster processor or a faster Memory stick or a faster Graphics card. But a typical Front Side Bus today goes at 800MHz with a 64bit memory word, which makes a 6400MB per second transfer rate (PC6400). Whereas your Hard Disk has a theoretical Max Transfer rate of around 80 MB per second (if it is a WD Raptor). And in the real world due to seek time delays it will actually be operating at between 10MB and 40MB per second. So your CPU is speaking to your memory at precisely 6400 MB per second because DDR is a Random Access and has a seek time measured in nanoseconds, whereas your Hard Disk is talking to your CPU at 50MB per second. So your HDD talks to your PC around 100x more slowly than your memory does.

That is the fundamental incompatibility in the modern PC.

Increasing the 6400MB per second figure is not going to help, when the bottleneck is the 50MB per second figure. The HyperDrive5 lifts that figure to around 160MB per second all the time, since it has an STR of 175MB/s Read and 145MB/s Write and as no seek time latency to speak of, being a random access device with a 10 microsecond access time. So adding a HyperDrive5 to your system will lift your HDD performance by 400%-1600% depending upon your circumstances. Buying a faster Processor or Memory stick will give you perhaps a 10%-20% real world performance improvement. The Hard drive is to a PC what speakers are to a HiFi. Running a Quad Core CPU from a Hard Disk is like running a Pink Floyd Stage Amplifier through a railway platform speaker!

For performance you must start with the Hard Drive.

The types of users who need DDR or NAND flash SSD performance are...

* Any real time business transaction system (business time is money)
* Any system where highly trained professional people sit in front of screens for hours (professional time is money).
* Any serious PC gamer
* Anyone who uses a PC more than one hour a week, whose time is worth more than £50 an hour
* Any system with a large database, any SQL performance database system
* Any network with more than 2 concurrent users, any heavily used webserver

Here are the SQL database performance figures from a large US customer who compared one HyperDrive4 with an Areca RAID controller against 14 SATA Hard disks.

SATA DDR2 HyperDrive5 64GB
Key Benefits

HyperDrive5  - 64GB max
$415 (US)

The 64GB SATA DDR2 HyperDrive5  is built around a custom ASIC and manufactured in Taiwan. Hence the great price! Here are the features...

It is a regular bootable SATA2 Disk Drive.
CD ROM Drive Form Factor.
175MB/s Sustained Read rate.
145MB/s Sustained Write rate.
65,000 IOPS. Hard disks do 200-300 IOPS (File Inputs or Outputs Per Second).
10 microsecond disk access time. Mechanical disks take 5-15 milliseconds.
It finds files 500x faster than the world's fastest mechanical SAS hard disk.
No drivers needed, connects like any other SATA HDD.
Boots Windows XP in 4 seconds!
Most operations become instant!
Formats Instantly!
Never needs to be defragged. It's Random Access!
Silent Solid State Disk, no moving parts, no NAND flash to wear out!
Printed User Guide
CDROM drive form factor, fits into a 5.25" CD bay.
Up to 8GB per stick making 64GB Max capacity (8GB DDR2 is hard to find. 4GB is readily available).
Start with 2GB and build up to 16/32/64GB.
Gramophone free, no mechanics, pure silicon!
Gives the user an instant desktop.
Compact Flash card backup port in case of long power outage.
Takes any UDMA capable CF card with capacity as big as installed DDR2.
Automatically backs up to CF in the event of power loss.
Automatically restores from CF in the event of power gain.
Lithium Battery 7.4V 2400mAH. Powers unit for 2-3 hours. 500 charge/discharge cycles.
External DC adaptor port for keeping data when PC is powered off.
LED indicators for power, activity and battery charge %.
The Drive has built in ECC so it can safely take cheap non ECC DDR2 DIMMs.
Designed to take any unbuffered non ECC 400-800MHz CL5/6 240 pin DRR2 DIMMs. 2GB - 8GB
Tested with Kingston, Corsair, Qimonda, G.Skill, OCZ, Mustang.
DDR2 underclocked to reduce power consumption, enhance stability and prolong life.
FCC Certified. CE Certified. VCCI Certified. BSMI Certified.
15 month RTB Warranty.
MTBF of underclocked DDR2 is several generations (a lot longer than our financial system!)
100% secure file deletion if required.
The simplest and cheapest way to get mainframe performance from your PC.
Instant computing for £259 $415.00 + RAM
No brainer for performance enhancement.

Star Trek Technology at Walmart Pricing!

Use HyperOS 2014 SuperGeek to clone Windows from your hard disk to your HyperDrive and then surf the net entirely on your HyperDrive and do not use the lithium battery backup or the external DC adaptor. Then whatever virus or spyware or cookies or malware or zombieware or other clutter you accrue during the session will be forensically wiped at the end of the session by powering down your PC. So each time you surf the net you start anew. Only an SSD can do this. Hard Disks and Flash Disks retain data even after that data has been deleted and overwritten several times.

It does not - as the best Flash SSDs claim - offer... 'RAM-like performance.'

It offers RAM performance.

If that doesn't solve your IO bottleneck nothing will!

The HyperDrive5  is a Solid State disk made not from Flash RAM but from DDR2. HyperOs Systems have teamed up with with Taiwan to provide the World's best value DDR SSD at $415 (£259). DDR2 is still faster than commercially priced Flash RAM at write IOPS. Although Flash drives have caught up as regards Sustained Transfer Rate. Flash drive specs rarely quote random write IOPS. But for database applications and software compilation and photoshop and video editing that is the real bottleneck.

The SATA2 DDR2 HyperDrive5  features...

The HyperDrive5  is quite simply a Hard Disk made out of DRAM. It therefore connects and performs like an impossibly fast Hard Disk.

It also offers 100% secure file deletion (disconnect both the external and the internal power!). Flash drives can't offer this. Hard disks suffer from magnetic remnance and so retain their data even after they have been overwritten several times! But the HyperDrive5  is forensically wiped every time the power is fully disconnected. Fight back against Big Brother with a HyperDrive5 !
Suggested Configurations...

Simply install Windows and run it on the HyperDrive5  if you like. It will install very quickly - around 8 minutes for XPSP2. In this configuration the HyperDrive should be primary and bootable. You would attach the HDD as a second primary bootable device but choose to boot from the HyperDrive in the BIOS. With this configuration you should use the DC adapter so that the HD5 does not lose data if the PC is powered off.

Alternatively add the HyperDrive5  as a second SATA disk. Then it can act as a photoshop scratch disk or a general high IOPS work space. You can achieve instant Windows in this configuration by using HyperOs 2014 Geek or SuperGeek to clone a system from the HDD to the HD5. For true RAM performance please ensure that the paging file is running on the HyperDrive and not on the boot drive. Then you will get an incredibly fast Windows boot up and an instant desktop. The PC will still be booting from the Hard disk but will only look at that drive for the MBR and the boot files, which will not delay the boot significantly.

Thereagain you can use a full disk cloning program and clone your main system onto the HyperDrive so long as your main system is small enough. Then either connect your HyperDrive as a second SATA disk or if you like as the first SATA disk and move your HDD to the second SATA port. You can then choose which one to boot from using either the BIOS or the Windows boot menu, or using HyperOs 2014 Geek or SuperGeek if you have them installed.
Super Fast Mini-ITX PC

Super Fast Mini-ITX PC
£416 + VAT Buy Now

HyperOs Superfast Windows XP, Win7, Win8, Win8.1 and Win10 compatible Mini ITX PC!!

Yes HyperOs Systems can now offer you every Windows from obsolence through to the final floresence of the Microsoft OS. Windows XP is not dead. It is just free from Microsoft updates.

  • Motherboard: Asrock A88M-IT/AC, AMD A88X, FM2+, Mini ITX, DDR3, AC Wi-Fi, Btooth, M.2, RAID, FM2+ 95W / FM2 100W
  • Processor AMD A10 X4 7800 CPU, FM2+, 65W, 3.5GHz, 4MB Cache, 28nm, R7 GFX, Kaveri Core.
  • Radeon R7 graphics, Quads CPU cores 6 GPU cores and 512 shading/rendering cores. Triple monitor support.
  • HyperX Fury Blue 4GB, DDR3, 1600MHz (PC3-12800) CL10 DIMM Memory x2
  • HyperX 240GB Fury SSD Drive, 2.5", SATA3, 7mm, R/W 500/500Mbps
  • Asus (DRW-24F1MT) DVD Re-Writer, SATA, 24x, M-Disc Support, Power2Go 8
  • Logitech K120 Keyboard
  • Illuminated optical mouse
  • Raidmax Element Gaming ITX Case Green
  • 400W Xenta PSU
The BIOS works in IDE or ACHI mode and therefore this PC will run both XP and Win7/Win8/Win8.1/Win10.
2GB NON-ECC DDR2 DIMMS for HyperDrive5

1 Module £29 $46.95
8 Module Pack £199 $319

KVR667D2N5/2G or OCZ2G8004GK or equivalent approved DDR2

Takes consumer priced unbuffered non ECC 240 pin DDR2 DIMMs 400-800MHz CL5 or CL6

We have tested and approved Kingston, Corsair, OCZ, G.Skill, Qimonda, Mustang

We recommend KVR667D2N5/2G OCZ2G8004GK OCZ2P8004GK for the HyperDrive5 
4GB NON-ECC DDR2 DIMMS for HyperDrive5

1 Module £99 $159
8 Module Pack £649 $1039

KVR667D2N5/4G or OCZ2G8008GK or equivalent approved DDR2

Takes consumer priced unbuffered non ECC 240 pin DDR2 DIMMs 400-800MHz CL5 or CL6

We have tested and approved Kingston, Corsair, OCZ, G.Skill, Qimonda, Mustang

We recommend the Kingston ValueRAM KVR800D2N6/4G or KVR667D2N5/4G for the HyperDrive5 

We also recommend the G.Skill 6400CL6S-4GBMQ or 6400CL6D-8GBMQ or 6400CL6Q-16GBMQ.

We also recommend the OCZ OCZ2G8008GK or OCZ2VU8008GK or OCZ2P8008GK.

The 8GB DDR2 DIMMs are not consumer priced yet!!
RiDATA 233x Compact Flash Card for HyperDrive5

16GB card £49.95 $79.00
32GB card £99.95 $159.00

16GB and 32GB UDMA 233x Compact Flash Cards.

Will fully back up a HyperDrive5  with 16GB and 32GB of non ECC DDR2 installed.

Backs up at around 35 MB/s so it takes 8 mins for a 16GB and 16 mins for a 32GB backup.

The HyperDrive has a multicolour LED indicating the status and progress of the backup.

With the CF card in place, the HyperDrive will auto back up on main power loss and auto restore on main power regain.
External DC Adapter for HyperDrive5

£20.00 $32.00

External DC Adapter for HyperDrive5 

The adapter keeps the power to the HyperDrive on when you turn the power to your PC off.

It makes the HyperDrive5 non volatile.