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EDGE Boost Pro 300GB Enterprise SSD Review (Page 1)

EDGE Boost Pro 300GB Enterprise SSD Review
Today Paul takes an in-depth look at a cheaper enterprise SSD than we are used to seeing. Follow on as he examines the Boost Pro 300GB from EDGE Memory.
By Paul Alcorn from May 15, 2014 @ 9:02 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: EDGE Memory





EDGE Memory began in 1986, and like many companies of the time, the small company, started by a teenager, grew into a big success. Today, EDGE memory offers 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch, and PCIe SSDs, along with other memory products geared for enterprise and consumer use. These drives are manufactured in EDGE's US-based ISO-9001:2008 facility and are available at a number of resellers.


The LSI SandForce controller family is aging, but it still offers a full suite of enterprise-class features and decent performance. LSI SandForce controllers are in a strange market position; their current controllers are considered old by technology standards, and the new SF3700 controllers have not yet arrived. There are still plenty of LSI SandForce-driven SSDs on the market, and the prices are becoming increasingly competitive. The 6Gb/s Boost Pro SSD can be found as low as, or lower, than the leading value-class SSDs. These low prices carry over to many other LSI SandForce enterprise-class SSDs.


The read-centric and light duty SSDs segment has been growing quickly as major manufacturers rush to supply value-conscious customers with affordable drives. This class of drives deliver incredibly economical pricing and acceptable performance for light workloads. Interestingly, SSDs that were once flagship-class, such as LSI SandForce SSDs, now provide similar performance and robust endurance at a lower price point than the latest light-duty SSDs.


One of the advantages of the LSI SandForce platform is its proven history in the datacenter. Millions of SandForce SSDs are in use, and the number continues to grow. Pairing this stable platform with high-endurance NAND, such as the Toshiba eMLC on the Boost Pro, delivers a robust and reliable drive. The Boost Pro SSDs come in a number of varieties, with 7mm, 9.5mm, and 15mm varieties available. The Boost Server 15mm SSDs deliver up to 1,920 GB of NAND in the 2.5-inch form factor. There are also Boost Express PCIe SSDs designed around the LSI SandForce platform.


The Boost Pro comes in capacities of 60, 120, 240, 300, and 480GB. The SSD utilizes the SF-2281/2582 controller and Toshiba eMLC NAND to deliver sequential performance up to 550 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write. The maximum attainable IOPS are rated at 80,000 read and 37,000 write, but in steady state, these numbers will be much lower. The LSI SandForce SSDs also derive performance benefits from compressing data, so data entropy will affect performance.


The Boost Pro offers a spate of enterprise-class features, such as AES-256 encryption and power fail protection. LSI SandForce SSDs are inherently less susceptible to power loss due to their DRAM-less design, but the tantalum capacitors onboard the Boost Pro offer an additional layer of security. The SSD is rated for an MTBF of 2 million hours and consumes 3W when active and 1W when idling. DuraWrite extends NAND endurance, and RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) provides data protection from lost sectors, pages, and blocks by weaving in parity data.


The Boost Pro come with a five-year warranty and a competitive price point. It looks like the EDGE Memory Boost Pro Enterprise SSD can be a contender in the budget category, so let us compare it to the current market leaders.



PRICING: You can find the EDGE Memory Boost Pro for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: TheEDGE Memory Boost Pro retails for $290.00 at Amazon.

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