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HGST FlashMAX II 2.2TB Enterprise PCIe SSD Review

By: Paul Alcorn | PCIe SSDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: HGST

FlashMAX II Design




The HGST FlashMAX II comes in a slim HHHL form factor that allows installation into every major server platform. This dense configuration packs 3,072 GB of raw capacity with 2,222 GB user-addressable space in the Capacity configuration. The device features a PCIe 2.0 x8 connection.




The drive comes in single PCB arrangements for smaller capacities, but the 2.2TB model features a two PCB configuration. There are large black heat sinks to facilitate thermal transfer from underlying components. We observe four rather large capacitors peeking out from underneath the edge of the device. These provide enough power to flush all data in transit down to the NAND in the event of a host power-loss event.




The bracket has holes to facilitate airflow and features two LED lights that denote drive activity and error states through various flashing codes.




Dissembling the device reveals two separate PCBs that interconnect through mating connectors on the edge of the PCB's. There are two additional shrouds that cover the FPGA's present on each board.




Once laid bare we observe the 20nm Intel MLC NAND packages. The 2.2TB FlashMAX utilizes 4GB of system RAM for operation.



FlashMAX II Specifications


HGST's FlashMAX II is bootable with UEFI and supported operating systems. The warranty period is notably shorter than competing products at three years. There are varying airflow requirements for each model, and all require a PCIe Gen 2 x8 electrical connection.





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