HP Announces Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro PCIe Storage Solution
Earlier this year when HP announced their Z Turbo Drive G2, all eyes turned towards the company and a lot of great things were expected from them, after all they had just joined the ranks of other big SSD companies like Intel which used NVMe technology and delivered amazing SSD storage through PCIe slot.
The Turbo Drive G2 was basically designed for workstations although the lack of storage size was kind of a bummer since it offered only 256GB and 512GB of storage.
That however is changing now as HP recently announced a successor, Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro, which makes the G2 look like a kid’s toy. The Quad Pro not only offers storage solutions up to 2TB, which is a massive improvement, but also transfer speeds up to 9GB/s, essentially 16 times that of standard SSD drives.
For comparison, G2 provided only 1260MB/s or 1550MB/s (depending on the model) which was just double the speed of typical SATA SSDs.
So how did HP suddenly manage this huge leap in storage and speed? Well that’s because Quad Pro is basically a RAID controller and supports up to 4 of these Turbo drives, 256GB ones or 512GB ones so the storage base still remains the same. The card comes in different packages and individual modules can be installed in it to increase storage size
More detailed specifications are unknown at the point, although hopefully they will be revealed soon as Quad Pro is expected to launch in November, starting from $779. Each module, minimum of 256GB storage, costs $299.