Fusion-io SSD - Hands-on; 13 World of Warcraft windows in 36 seconds

TGD got hands on with the Fusion-io solid state drive (SSD) and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. This PCI Express card contains 160 gigabytes and up of insanely fast flash memory and will turn your computer into a monstrous photo and video editing beast. But beyond work, this card will do wonders for World of Warcraft multi-boxers as we […]

TGD got hands on with the Fusion-io solid state drive (SSD) and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. This PCI Express card contains 160 gigabytes and up of insanely fast flash memory and will turn your computer into a monstrous photo and video editing beast. But beyond work, this card will do wonders for World of Warcraft multi-boxers as we were able to load up thirteen instances of WoW in just 36 seconds. Talk about controlling a small army from a single computer and flash card.

Fusion-io finally has a beta 64-bit Windows driver and promises a 32-bit version for the ioextreme card.  For the first test, we were shown Photoshop CS3 loading a huge 750 megabyte file from a traditional hard drive.  Company reps explained that the file was for a 50-foot banner and that it’s not uncommon for print shops and ad agencies to work with such large files.  “It sucks, you just have to sit here and wait,” they said and wait we did.  After 3 minutes and 30 seconds of disk churning, the file popped up into the Photoshop window.

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