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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speeds have effectively increased by 500x, mobo bus data transfer speeds have increased by 500x and floppy disks have been replaced by flash disks, which are 100,000x larger and 1000x faster than a 1.44MB floppy.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
£259
$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...

Takes 8x 240 pin DDR2 DIMMS from 2GB - 8GB.
1x SATA interface port.
CD ROM Drive Form Factor.
175MB/s Read rate.
145MB/s 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
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 backsup 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.
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.
A $499 notebook with an external SATA HyperDrive5 will be over 3x faster than a $2000 desktop at booting and clicking around the desktop and opening applications and all other IO intensive operations. But it only requires 10% of the power that a desktop PC requires! If your laptop does not have an SATA port you can buy an express card adapter which gives you SATA capability.
Instant computing for £259 $415.00 + RAM
No brainer for performance enhancement.
Spend an extra £275 $450.00 on your CPU and get a 5% performance improvement.
Spend an extra £550 $900.00 on an HD5 with RAM and get a 500% performance improvement.
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.

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.
GoClever TERRA 101 10.1" Tablet with Keyboard
Specification

GoClever TERRA 101 Tablet
£95.00 $152.00

WINDOWS LAPTOP REPLACEMENT
It is a touch screen Tablet with an attachable/detachable Keyboard. It runs Quickoffice which opens and edits Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Runs Adobe Reader to view PDF documents and a host of other applications including email apps.

DUAL CORE POWER
DualCore processor is ideally suited for multi-tasking. Efficient components allow to operate with demanding applications, ensure smooth browsing, provides equal power distributing between running on the device apps. DualCore processor makes a tablet as a powerful, comfortable and multi-purpose tool for both business and pleasure.

ANDROID 4.1 EXPERIENCE
Jelly Bean is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Jelly Bean improves on the simplicity and beauty of Android 4.0, and introduces a new Google search experience on Android.

MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE
spend your free time watching films, listening audio-books, reading e-books, enjoy video chat with friends via Skype, browse the web wirelessly and download thousands of applications from the marketplace. Enjoy the smooth operation of even the most demanding games.

SPECIAL APPS FOR KIDS
With preinstalled kid applications your child can learn letters and numbers in an enjoyalble way. The educational apps allow your child to learn writing, counting, painting, developing planning skills and reasoning. What is more, the applications will improve a reflex and a cleverness of your children.

THOUSANDS OF EBOOKS IN ONE PLACE
Only with GOCLEVER you have 2-weeks of the free access to the thousands of ebooks, bestsellers, guidebooks and kid titles. The features are: advanced statistics, synchronized library, font style and size selection, day / night mode, orientation options. You have a constant and convenient access to your ebooks on even two mobile devices (smartphone and tablet) within a one subscription.

  • Screen Size 10.1"
  • Display Features 1024 x 600, TFT LCD multi-touch
  • Processor AMLogic 8726-MXS 1.5GHZ (Cortex A9)
  • Storage 8GB (Expand 32GB via SD Card)
  • Memory 1GB, DDR3
  • Graphics ARM Mali400MP2 (2 GPU)
  • Video Support AVI, 3GP, MP4, RM, RMVB, FLV, MKV, MOV, VOB, DAT, WMV
  • Audio Support MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, APE, AAC
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) 2.4GHz
  • Camera 2 x Camera (0.3 Mpix front and 2.0 Mpix back)
  • Speakers 2 x 1 Watt
  • Microphone Yes
  • G-sensor Yes
  • I/O Ports 1 x mini HDMI, 1 x micro SD HC 32GB, 1 x mini jack 3.5 mm, 1 x microUSB 2.0 OTG, DC 2.5 mm 5V 2A
  • Battery 4000mAh, Up to 4 hours web browsing work time
  • Weight/Dimensions 612 g, 263 x 160 x 11 mm
  • Operating System Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • App Store Google Play
  • Accessories Home charger, USB cable, OTG cable
  • Package Type Retail
  • Package Weight 0.6120 kg
  • Warranty 1 Year swap-out warranty
Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Drive
Specification

120GB
£79.00 $126.00
240GB
£143.00 $229.00

HyperX performance at an exceptional price.

The NAND flash SSD has now caught up with the HyperDrive5  in terms of performance for non-database applications.

Budget-minded gamers and enthusiasts will benefit from the lower price of Kingston's new HyperX® 3K SSD. This solid-state drive combines premium 3000 program-erase cycle NAND with the second-generation SandForce® controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. 3K loads games and applications faster, increases frames per second (FPS) for an improved gaming experience and allows for quick transfers and edits of large media files. HyperX 3K provides high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance and blazing fast random and sequential read/write speeds. SandForce DuraClassT technology provides the latest data integrity protection for ultimate endurance over the entire life of the drive. HyperX 3K SSD comes in a sleek, black and aluminum case design, accentuating the look of any power user's system. For added peace of mind, HyperX 3K SSD is backed by a three-year warranty and legendary Kingston® reliability.

Features
  • High-speed SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) transfer speeds
  • Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology
  • Reliable - much less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock-Proof - dropping your notebook no longer means losing your data
  • Cool & Quiet - runs silent and with no moving mechanical parts to generate heat
  • Supports TRIM - enhances device wear leveling by eliminating merge operation for all deleted data blocks
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) and Garbage Collection
  • Guaranteed - three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
  • Controller SandForce SF-2281
  • Sequential Read 555 MB/s. Sequential Write 510 MB/s (requires good ACHI or RAID driver to achieve these figures - only reaches 350 MB/s in IDE mode)
  • Sustained Random 4K Read/Write 20,000/60,000 IOPS
  • Maximum Random 4K Read/Write 85,000/73,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption 0.455 W (typical) Idle / 1.58 W (typical) Read / 2.11 W (typical) Write
  • Weight 97g. Dimensions 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Operating Temperatures 0C ~ 70C. Storage Temperatures -40C ~ 85C
  • Shock Resistance 1500G. Vibration Operating 2.17G. Vibration Non-operating 20G
  • MTBF 1,000,000 Hrs. Total Bytes Written 96TB
  • Package Contents 2.5" SSD 3.5" bracket Mounting screws
2GB NON-ECC DDR2 DIMMS for HyperDrive5
Information

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
Information

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
Information

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
Information

£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.

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