Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,676 Reviews & Articles | 45,613 News Posts

Biwin NuvoDrive NX Novachips Bugatti Preview - World Exclusive - Biwin NuvoDrive NX Early Preview SSD


By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 1:27 pm
Manufacturer: Biwin

Biwin NuvoDrive NX Early Preview SSD

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_03

 

The NuvoDrive NX uses the same case design as the Elite series model we have in the lab with a SandForce controller under the hood.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_04

 

The early sample drive uses a 2.5" form factor with a 9mm z-height.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_05

 

Getting right to the good part. The Novachips Bugatti controller is the large chip to the right of the PCB. This is a 10-channel controller so there are 20 NAND flash ICs instead of the standard 16 that we see on most drives using 8-channels.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_06

 

There are 10 flash ICs on each side of the PCB.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_07

 

Here we get our first look at the Novachips Bugatti controller. The writing on the chip is pretty worn from the thermal pad that rests between the controller and the drive case.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_08

 

On the early sample Biwin chose to use a 256MB DDR buffer. With many of the new Marvell drives going up to a 1GB buffer (Vertex 4 512GB), it will be interesting to see what Biwin does on the final drive.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_09

 

The early sample uses Micron flash that is labeled 2FA12 and NW295. This should be L74A which is 25nm ONFi flash. The total amount of flash is 320GB.

 

biwin_nuvodrive_nx_novachips_bugatti_preview_world_s_first_test_10

 

This may bring back some memories. On the early Indilinx Barefoot drives you had to close the circuit with a jumper to flash the drives with new firmware. We can't say for sure what the jumper is for - we didn't want to kill the sample in this test.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.



    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Or Scroll Down