|ACARD ANS-9010 DDR2 SATA RAM-Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 26 March 2009|
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ACARD ANS-9010 Conclusion
Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas we rate. The first is presentation, which takes product packaging into consideration to the extent that it provides adequate packing material and consumer information for an informed purchase. ACARD doesn't sell their RAM-Disk products to retail outlets, which explains the lack of colorful packaging. There isn't much in the way of specifications on the plain brown ANS-9010 RAM-Disk box, and product details inside the manual are scarce, so it appears that novice users will need to do some homework ahead of purchase.
Unlike other Solid State Drive products which get fitted into notebook computers, the ANS-9010 is actually going to be visible to the outside world. The overall appearance is nice, and graphic artists or video editors should be pleased with the low-tech information displayed on the front of the RAM-Disk. The mirror finish of the front bezel is a little different, but at the same time it will fit in with any other color scheme used on the computer system.
Most Solid State Drive products can withstand extreme shock without damage; not the ACARD ANS-9010. Because the chassis uses rather thin metal, you can't expect to get away with the same level or rough handling. Regardless, this isn't an SSD made for notebook computers, but instead focuses on desktop enclosures willing to accommodate the 5.25" frame.
Based on the collection of benchmark tests we conducted, the ACARD ANS-9010 RAM-Drive performs at the topmost portion of our linear bandwidth charts when in RAID-0 mode; which is the most likely scenario for this SSD. While write performance in RAID-0 configuration was actually slightly less than single mode, the maximum read speed of 397 MBps was fast enough to get over this small discrepancy. In single-SATA mode, the ANS-9010 nearly 177 MBps read-from speed and 150 MBps write-to, still placing it among the top SSD products we've tested.
Heading into April 2009, the ACARD ANS-9010 was found at several popular online retailers. Using the Benchmark Reviews price comparison tool, we located the ANS-9010 on sale for $231. Keeping in mind that DDR2 is sold separately, you can find excellent deals on OCZ Gold Series DDR2 800MHz RAM at NewEgg. Speed and latency will not matter since the ANS-9010 doesn't seem to offer a way to adjust settings, so look for the best value possible on high-capacity modules. The 4GB (2x2GB) memory kits we used sell for only $37.99 each at NewEgg. If you're serious about editing large files, you'll want to find a 8GB DDR2 kit (2x4GB) to achieve 32GB total capacity.
In conclusion, the ACARD RAM-Disk isn't what you would want for running Windows or any other Operating System; let one of the other SSD's we've tested do that chore. The reason you'll want the ANS-9010 is for it's blazing fast read speeds, reaching 510 MBps in RAID-0. Because of the sensitive battery-maintained data retention system, important data should not be stored on the ANS-9010, but instead this product makes the perfect scratch disk for video editing tasks or heavy compiling procedures. I can't recommend the ACARD ANS-9010 to casual users, because the package cost is too high to justify and the intended application is more specific. The professionals who understand that time is money will see the value, and that's exactly where this RAM-Disk makes the most sense.
+ Impressive 510 MBps read and 157 write bandwidth in ATTO
- Poor price to capacity ratio ($22 per GB)
Final Score: 8.25 out of 10.
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