Angelbird’s Budget PCIe SSD

They’re a relatively new company, but what they’re bringing to the table is rather interesting. Angelbird is working on delivering high-performance SSD solutions to the masses, more specifically, a user upgradeable PCI-Express SSD product.

It’s called “Wings”, the PCI-e 1x card comes with either 16GB or 32GB capacities and the board allows users to customize the onboard bootloader via the the integrated flash memory. They have a built in “OS” called Virtue, and the company says the board will be fully bootable and configurable on both PCs and Macs. You can also create RAID setups from the same OS, or via another software tool.

The main highlight of this product is that it can take up to 4 SSD boards of different capacities, on both sides. A rep from Angelbird claims, during beta testing phases, that 4 drives can 1081MB/s read and 945MB/s writes (sustained). Now we’re talking about some serious speed here!

Every individual SSD card that attaches to the Wings board, use SandForce 1200 controllers, which is generally standard as far as high performance goes for solid state drives. The boards (and cards) also use Intel NAND flash and interestingly have a built-in USB port, which lets users remove the board and make transfers over USB.

All this is currently in production, but in terms of pricing we’re looking at a starting of $239 for the 16GB unit.

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